A lot of holier than thou attitude in Norwich City fans’ reaction
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The fall-out from Boo-gate has been interesting.
Norwich City's failure to put away a Sheffield Wednesday side which came within a whisker of replacing them in the Premier League at the end of last season, wasn't greeted with a universal shrug of the shoulders. Instead, some fans believed it was okay to boo the players. Which is their right and which any right-minded person would defend.
Those who booed are being pilloried, and have been all week.
The split of opinion is even: you can boo, or you can't. No middle ground and, from what I have read, not much understanding either.
It is Mr Quiet Applause But Not Overly Impressed against Mr Boo Because It Was Rubbish.
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Whether it achieves anything is a very different argument, but I can't help thinking that this is a spat that is solely between fans, with only a peripheral thought for the players themselves.
The holier than thou attitude of some supporters has been incredible. Some say they will applaud their team come what may, which must be very difficult for those who have witnessed consistenty appalling performances at various times over the years. Must be hard to hold it all in when the point is erached when a 'boo' is the only sensible response to a shocker.
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I reckon the truth is more to do with fans believing they are somehow better than the dissenters.
I don't boo. But I don't shout about those who do. And that's because it is their entitlement. My only concern would be if that reaction adversely affected the players and, therefore, reduced my chances of enjoying their performance. I don't believe that happens.
But do players take any notice? They will know that, for example, Wednesday did a good number on them a week ago, that they are a more than decent side and that actually a draw isn't the worst thing in the world. That it wasn't hugely entertaining is just one of those things. We are dealing with human beings here, not automatons. You cannot guarantee enertainment.
If you want that, go and hunt down a Pokemon.
Football fans are a unique lot. No other team sport engenders such partisan following to the point that different factions, in the main, have to be kept seperate. It is passion, and in some places the level is higher than others.
I sat through last weekend's game and frankly I didn't shout or cheer nor moan nor boo.
The unpredictable nature of the game and the evolution of the fans has meant heightened emotions and differing reactions. And that's great.
Boo if you want. It will only upset your fellow fans who express their feelings not by booing, but by moaning. At you.
The Olympics has been excellent if you're a Brit, although the Games as a whole haven't been without their issues.
Never have I watched the Games and seen so few spectators at events.
The boxing stadium has been near empty, and the athletics has been poorly supported given it is the traditional heart of the Olympics.
There is, of course, an economic issue in Brazil, where hosting the Games is hugely controversial and caused (and is still causing) much dissent. The awarding of the Games should not be divisive, but since when did the powers that be behind the Olympics and, for that matter, football's World Cup, ever consider anything outside their own little world?
Without wishing to denigrate the plight of the ordinary man in the Rio barrio, for Britain it has been a spectacular success.
Personal highlight was the reaction of Bryony Page, after winning silver in trampolining.
If ever you wanted an advertisement for all the good things about sport and the reason people do it, she is it.
But for every success there is heroic failure, and the agony of defeat was summed up perfectly by judoka Ashley McKenzie, who exited the competition after two fights.
He said: 'You dedicate your whole life to one thing and then to come here and for it to be over in two fights is the worst.'