Tuesday, November 20, 2007

THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL : GROPPING & 9/11 COMPARISONS

Nice going Jets fans! Class all the way around! Hey...what separates a Jets fan from a Mets fan (besides the first letters, and the fact that they're both from New York...)? NOTHING. They are both scuzzbuckets.

This past Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Jets in New York, and this happened:

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On Sunday, visiting Steelers fan Dawn Gottschalk unknowingly walked into the crowd where she says hundreds of men singled her out and screamed for her to show her breasts.

"People were touching me and things like that and it was very, very frightening," Gottschalk said.

When Gottschalk refused, it got ugly.

"They started yelling obscenities and throwing beer bottles," Gottschalk said. "And spitting and it was really intimidating.

"As I was looking for my husband I saw a security guard walking by. I thought 'Oh great! He'll stop this.' But he didn't. He just kind of was shaking his head. He kind of chuckled to himself. He didn't stop it. He just kept walking."

John Santangelo of West Milford, Conn., said that type of behavior has been prevalent at Jets games for a long time.

"They really get going and they start chanting," Santangelo said. "I wouldn't want my wife over there." ((WCBS)
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Hey Jets... remember when you caught Belichick cheating a few months ago and you couldn't stop chanting "CHEAT-ERS.... CHEAT-ERS"? Well, I gotta assume that's much better than what people will be chanting at you now: "RAP-ISTS, RAP-ISTS".


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Meanwhile, in Alabama, college coach Nick Saban compared his teams embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe with .... the attacks on the World Trade Center!?!?

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Alabama fans aren't the only ones treating the Louisiana-Monroe loss as a monumental event.

Coach Nick Saban described the humbling defeat in almost apocalyptic terms Monday, mentioning the 9-11 terrorist attacks and Pearl Harbor in talking about how his team must rebound like America did from a "catastrophic event."

"Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event," Saban said. "It may be 9-11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to catastrophic events. Pearl Harbor kind of got us ready for World War II, and that was a catastrophic event." (Sporting News)
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The Crimson Tide's PR people were quick to cover the mess...

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"What Coach Saban said did not correlate losing a football game with tragedy, everyone needs to understand that. He was not equating losing football games to those catastrophic events," football spokesman Jeff Purington said in a statement to The Associated Press. "The message was that true spirit and unity become evident in the most difficult of times. Those were two tremendous examples that everyone can identify with."
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In other words, he was making a comparison.

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