College athletics, man.
- I am not going to discuss athlete perks.
- This is in no way directed solely to Alabama fans.
- I honestly don’t care if you dislike LSU athletics. This post isn’t about bashing other NCAA football programs.
I can’t imagine the pressure collegiate-level athletes face. I especially can’t imagine the harsh criticisms most have to wake up to from the general public after a bad game. The saying goes, “You are your worst critic.” In 2013 that’s not true…thanks to Twitter.
The epic ending to the best football game I’ve watched all season (yes, I’m referring to the 2013 Iron Bowl) was nothing less than miraculous. The kicker for Alabama who played the majority of the game seemed a little nervous. Again, considering the pressure he was facing to execute perfection, I would probably be in the same frame of mind. Playing for Nick Saban sounds like running on a treadmill that never goes below 10 mph with no option to get off — just terrible.
He missed field goals that should have been made. I will admit that. I don’t think that ever constitutes a plethora of threats from the masses of Alabama “fans.” In fact, reading some of the tweets sent by “fans” to this player made me sick to my stomach and scared for his safety. I mentioned in a previous post that we seem to think we have a sense of anonymity behind a computer screen. Some take that a step further and believe that threatening people via social media platforms will bear no consequences.
The athletes that I have met at LSU live under constant scrutiny. They are celebrities, and they have to deal with the positive and negative consequences. Waking up to a tweet sent by one of your adoring fans saying something along the lines of “I hope you get raped and your mom gets the shit beat out of her” would make me question my love of the game.
We’ve all seen our fair share of fandom. And we’ve also seen the darker side. Each fan base has its problem children. This just went a bit too far, and I can’t help but talk about it. It worries me for the future of college athletics. Who wants to play a game when the threat of being raped, murdered, or — even worse — losing family members is even a topic of conversation after a big loss? We need an overhaul across the board. We need to realize most of the men on the field are between the ages of 18 and 22. And we need to shut up and let them play the game they have wanted to play their entire lives.