The Seahawks announced on Wednesday that they will have undercover police officers wearing 49ers’ gear at the game between the division rivals in an effort to cut down on unruly fans.
“We have great fans,” Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin said. “Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting team fans.”
It’s certainly understandable why the Seahawks are taking this measure. The feud between the 49ers and Seahawks has ramped up more than few notches in recent years, with both teams considered to be among the league’s elite.
Keep in mind that the head coaches of both teams — Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll — aren’t exactly the best of buddies. Harbaugh was the target of many Seahawks’ players this offseason after his comments on PED-use. Wide receiver Golden Tate even claimed on a radio show that he would wring Harbaugh’s neck if he lined up against him.
It also doesn’t help when articles like this one are published, reminding everyone of why Seahawks fans hate the 49ers.
The rivalry itself is fantastic — it’s good for both teams, the league, and fans. However, when fans take the rivalry to a whole new level by acting unruly against fans of the other team, that is not good for anyone.