Oakland Raiders

October 15, 2013

Leading Off: NFL fans could use some coffee, class

NFL fans from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to Reliant Stadium in Houston have a lot of explaining – and a lot of apologizing – to do after some deplorable acts on Sunday.

So what's the excuse this time?

Being drunk?

Being classless?

An indefensible cocktail of both?

NFL fans from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to Reliant Stadium in Houston have a lot of explaining – and a lot of apologizing – to do after some deplorable acts on Sunday.

In San Francisco, fans decided it would be a good time to start the wave while Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell lay motionless on the field. Never mind players on both teams were concerned enough to gather and pray while Campbell was carried off on stretcher, these fans came for a good time.

The crowd's disrespectful act was so upsetting to players that some 49ers motioned for fans to stop the wave and to be respectful and quiet. At one point, someone made a "hush" sound over Candlestick's public address system. Still, the good times continued to roll from section to section.

In Houston, Texans fans cheered when their struggling quarterback, Matt Schaub, suffered an injury that sidelined him. Those cheers soon stopped when backup T.J. Yates threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

If fans in both cases had their judgment impaired by excessive alcohol, there's a solution. Stop beer and alcohol sales after halftime and hand out free cups of coffee.

After hours-long tailgate parties and the first half, true fans can survive without beer through two quarters.

If fans are sober and still disrespectful when players are injured, it's unfortunate NFL stadiums don't sell class at concession stands.

What to watch

Baseball playoffs, ALCS (FOX40, 1 p.m.), NLCS (TBS, 5 p.m.): The Tigers host the Red Sox, and the Dodgers welcome the Cardinals.

Today's poll

Which fan act was most deplorable?

Candlestick wave

Reliant cheers

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

How will the A's do next season?

Win World Series: 12%

Advance to Series: 22%

Win A.L. West but lose in playoffs: 29%

Wild card, but lose playoffs: 16%

Miss playoffs: 21%

Total votes: 195

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