I hate this. It's such a stupid and uncalled for thing to threaten someone's life over a sports game. I editorialized about this trend of hate-bashing in sports for my college newspaper awhile back if anyone's interested in reading it. http://www.whatcomhorizon.com/2012/10/l ... editor-33/
Thanks for the link Cutter. You are very right and in your editorial. I have learned from my mistakes and have tried to tone down my on line banter. Its something I will continue to work on.
Just to take it one step further. I was a Seahawk season ticket holder back in the "Its Now Time" era the first few years of Holmgrens tenure. I had season tickets for $100 at the 300 level in the Kingdome and than end zone of Husky Stadium. People seemed easier going then, but I noticed a trend at the end of my season ticket time that people began to be in your face and fights broke out. Maybe it was the drinking that the NFL promotes but I just couldn't imagine bringing my kids into that environment. My point is that its just a game and some fans take things way too serious. I used to sit with Raider, Chief, Bronco, and Charger fans and talk football but it seemed to shift in the early 2000's to guys wanting to meet each other in the parking lot or having to watch your back at the urinal. American football fans seem to be shifting into the mode of European soccer fans slowly but surely.
As for the death threats, this really bothers me. I hadn't weighed in yet but this is getting sad. Its uncalled for. Even when the Seahawks lost in Super Bowl XL, I never even considered a death threat and the stakes were so much higher in that game than a Monday Night Fottball game with 3/4 of the season plus remaining. I know its a minority of Packer fans that made these death threats but it just goes to show every fan base has them. No matter how many times I hear about Packer fans being the best fans because they have such great tail gating, fans own the team, sell outs, waiting list, etc. I will always be sure to remind them that they also have been known to issue death threats on referees over a bad call in a regular season game.