In Tuesday’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle there was a letter to the editor by San Francisco 49ers fans who complained about the noise made by the Seattle Seahawks.
The letter, titled ‘Unsportsmanlike Conduct in Seattle,’ complains that Seahawks fans were “juiced on noise” and created “as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs”.
And, while that is not comical enough, their solution is even better. Perhaps Judy Spelman and Rich Schiller should write a letter to the commissioner instead, outlining their case against the vaunted ‘Twelfth Man’. It may be the only way the 49ers, or anyone else for that matter, will be able to win in Seattle at this point.
Either way, their solution was simple. They said “the visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games.”
Obviously this would not fly with owners nor the commissioner because they would lose way too much money if that were to occur, but it does seem quite hyperbolic even for an overly concerned fan.
Perhaps this was just a great piece of satire? If that’s the case, kudos to them. If not, then they take sports more seriously than even I do, and that’s saying something considering I spent some time this past week watching the America’s Cup on television (yes that is in fact televised). At any rate, it is a great laugh for 49ers fans (or in Ms. Spelman and Mr. Schiller Forty-Whiners fans) after a very tough loss on national television.
For the full snippet of the article, head on over here.