The San Francisco Chronicle took an interesting approach today in trying to send along a message from one New Orleans Saints fan to its paper’s editor. The gist of the letter was essentially, “San Francisco 49ers fans are a bunch of hooligans.” Nice.
Don Moses, a Saints fan and Bay Area resident for the past 25 years, attended this weekend’s Saints-49ers playoff game along with his two teenage daughters. Apparently, the Moses family didn’t enjoy their experience, as they were screamed at, threatened and met with plenty of hostility by 49ers fans. And, according to Moses, the only thing they were guilty of was donning the colors of their beloved Saints. How dare they!
Every other word from dozens of fans around us was an f-bomb shouted at the top of their lungs. There were seven or eight large 30- to 35-year-old guys directly behind us who cursed and threatened us the entire game. After one string of profanities I turned around to look at them and the most obnoxious and combative of the bunch yelled, “Do not turn around again! Do not ever turn around again” and punctuated it with a profanity. They used gay slurs repeatedly at the husband of a middle-aged couple in front of us, the only other Saints fan in our area, and called his wife a bitch.
Yeah, that seems a bit excessive. There’s really no need to “support” your team in that manner, right? A little old-fashioned ribbing is one thing, but dropping f-bombs on a dude and his two daughters? Really, 49ers fans?
Of course this is where we mention that one (or 10) bad apples shouldn’t ruin the reputation of the millions of 49ers fans across the country. But, on the flip-side, this is where we politely ask that 49ers fans, and all fans, for that matter, act like they’ve been there before.
Moses does go a little too far at the end, by casting blame on all 49ers fans, writing, “Every 49ers fan, the team and it’s owners should be ashamed and embarrassed to wear the red and gold today. They won the game but are losers in every other way.” Eh, it’s hard to cast said net over every 49ers fan, but it’s hard to blame Moses for feeling that way just two days out of what seemed to be a horrific experience.