Unfortunately these days, some people have forgotten the simple social graces and how to act civilly to one another. Or worse, their parents never taught them (as we say in the south) how to act. Many excuse poor behavior with a dismissal that goes something like “it happens everywhere, so what do you expect?” Worst of all are the ones who actually think it is okay to be a boorish ass to someone because they made the unfortunate poor choice of attending another school and then had the audacity to show up in an opponent’s stadium to root for their team.
This letter was posted on both The Wolfpacker and Pack Pride fan forums recently, and it seems like we hear something this every year:
“To the young men in section 25 row AA at tonight’s game, I only have this to say. I have never at any football game I have ever been to seen a group of young act like such A-holes. Especially the curly headed one, and the one wearing the visor. I was the more portly guy wearing the NC State colored red shirt and the white Clemson hat. I have lived in the Raleigh area for over 10 years and attended many NC State games in the past and have never witnessed such rudeness as I witnessed tonight in your behavior toward the young men that were from USC sitting nearby. Actually in the many years I have gone to college football games, I have never witnessed any thing like I witnessed tonight.
In the past my experience with NC State fans has been extremely pleasant , I root for NC State so long as it doesn’t hurt Clemson, so I do not write this nor admonish NC State fans in general. But these young men were flipping the the young men from USC off, cussing them out, and trying to pick a fight with them, because they just happened to be sitting there. Boys you need to grow up, and quit making your (NC State) fan base look bad. I hope in the future the regular State fans in that section will speak up. I will be sitting in these same seats for the Clemson vs. NC State game and I will warn you now. You act like that to me or my wife, and I will get the police and have you kicked out or arrested. Because I’m sure most policemen will believe a 40 year old sober man, before they believe a 20 year old drunk boy with alcohol on his breath, and a drink that reaks of booze.”
I know that this has meaning to maybe one out of every thousand fans that go to a football or basketball game. But to the few bad apples, this is for you:
Truth is, obnoxious fan behavior does happen everywhere these days, but that’s no excuse and it doesn’t make it right for it to happen at an NC State home game. State’s fans have the rightful heritage of being passionate and making their home arena and stadium a tough place to play for an opponent. Unfortunately, people seem to think it cool to take that rooting interest into the stands and to make a visitor’s experience to Carter-Finley or to the RBC Center a house of horrors. And that’s wrong. As my parents used to tell me quite often when I was growing up ‘just because someone else does something doesn’t mean it’s right for you to do it too.” They were right. If other school’s fans want to greet you with jackassery, that’s no excuse for you to act that way at home.
Neither is drinking an excuse. If you can’t handle your liquor, put the bottle down, son.
We should make CFS an enjoyable place for fans of all colors to come and see their favorite team play. Hopefully, they will go home and say that “well, we got the heck beaten out of us, but we had fun tailgating and the State fans treated us well.” When they do that, it propogates a positive overall image of our university. After all, if you are sitting next to a guy wearing a hat for the other team, to him, you are NC State. You might not like that, but it’s just the way that it is. So do us all a favor and act like an adult. Don’t make the school you say you love look horrible to other people. If you did that to your wife or girlfriend, they wouldn’t be your wife or girlfriend long.