Originally Posted by freakseam
Thanks, kwilkinson. I didn't see Rivers' end-of-game going to the edge of the stands to start/finish some business. It's fine to "turn the other cheek", but I'd probably need to know more about what was actually said to gauge whether Rivers' "fuck off" was warranted. "Booing" at an opponent's stadium is a sign he's made an impact, sure. Or, rather, it can be. But it is not necessarily true.
This game, in the here and now, Rivers was on the sideline, after all. While victory should be the sweetest comeback, it's conceivable that during his sidelined time, he had a lot of nastiness heaped upon him. Who knows what lines were crossed? Are there any lines? Fans shouldn't/don't get free reign to say and do whatever, just as athletes don't/shouldn't. But, they generally both do.
I agree. I think fans cross lines a lot. I was at a cubs/reds game in Cincinatti once and this guy was just screamin his head off about how Todd Hollandsworth sucked, this guy was relentless, like 6 innings straight of nothing but talking shit. Hollandsworth never turned around. He had a triple in the 6th inning, and in the 7th the guy was screaming again. Hollandsworth just raised his hand and did the little rub your two fingers across your thumb move, to signify he was rubbing some cash in his hand. It was hilarious. The guy blew up about how he didn't care if hollandsworth was a millionaire or not; he still sucked. I hate the cubs, but I loved seeing an athlete react like that! lol
I agree that fans and athletes cross the lines, but I think Rivers needs to be held to a higher standard than the fans. He's making a ton of cash to do what he loves every day of the year. Of course the fan is gonna be a dumbass... we're fans! lol, but Rivers is the one in the NFL, the one with thousands of people watching, and the one who is supposed to set an example and be a better role model. That's why I think what Rivers did was worse, although what the fan did was stupid and useless.