Fans have the right to boo or cheer as they see fit. They buy the tickets, apparel and sometimes support poorly managed teams when they shouldnít.
Sunday, at Reliant Stadium, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub went down with an ankle injury. Home fans cheered while he lay injured on the field. Do I like fans cheering an injured player? No, I think it shows very little class. Do fans have the right to do it? Without a doubt they do. Like it or not, fans have every right to express themselves within the confines of the law. Poor taste is often within the confines of the law.
I understand the frustration fans feel because Iím on the same poorly-built roller coaster ride that is my favorite teamís season. Every week I come into the office with visions of grandeur thinking, ĎI know that this is the week my team is going to turn everything around. My team is going to overcome poor ownership decisions, bad contracts, terrible talent evaluations and get on course to another win.í
The Texansí fans arenít really mad at Schaub. His injury was just an excuse to release pent-up frustration. I argue that most Texans fans would be able to have a civil conversation with Schaub outside of football. The Texans have all the pieces to be a dynamic team and if they had a great quarterback they would compete for a championship every year. But until the team address the quarterback issue, they will never win a championship.
The culprits who deserves those boos are the owners. Schaub is not a bad quarterback, but he is nowhere near a great one. He is a game manager who is in the game to not lose.
The Texans play great defense, run the ball and have great special teams. They have failed to find themselves a winning quarterback.
Iím cannot tell fans who or what to boo. However, if fans want to send a message that ownership will hear, stop go to the games or buying the apparel. Boos fall on deaf ears when the financial bottom line always speaks louder than disgruntled fans.
Donít reward ownership with blind loyalty. If Texan fans want Schaub gone, stop rewarding poor decisions.
I have teams that I will forever love, but I refuse to support a team financially that continues to show no commitment to building a winning program. While the owner makes the decisions for the direction of the team, as a fan† I have the right to hold the owner accountable for poor choices.
Loyalty is a two-way street. If ownership is not committed to giving fans the best product on the field, then I donít think fans should be committed to blindly supporting garbage. Should Texans fans be ashamed they booed an injured player? Probably. Or should Texans fans be embarrassed they supported an ownership who failed to make necessary changes.