Houston Forward Times

23 October 2013 Written by  Jeffrey L Boney

YOU CALL YOURSELF A FAN… REALLY?

rams-texans-footballI have to be honest and as always I am going to shoot straight from the hip.

 I have been witnessing one of the worst displays of “fan” behavior that I have ever seen in my life.  Sadly, that display is taking place in my beloved hometown of Houston, Texas.

Now, I am not a Houston Texans fan for a variety of reasons, but I don’t have a problem supporting the home team; I mean that’s unless they are playing my Miami Dolphins. 

Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan.

Again, I root for the Texans if they are playing against any other team except the Miami Dolphins.  Truth be told, I have been to every Dolphins/Texans game that they’ve played and sadly, my Dolphins have lost every one of those games. 

I grew up loving the Dolphins and when I tried to start liking the Houston Oilers, they got uprooted and moved to Tennessee.

The bottom line though, regardless of how my team does, I am a Dolphins fan.  A fan is a fan, even when their team is struggling or isn’t faring well.

Just a few years ago, my Miami Dolphins nearly went winless for the entire 2007 season, but on December 16, the third to last game of the regular season, they beat the Baltimore Ravens, giving them a final record of 1–15. 

I celebrated that game as if we won the Super Bowl, because I didn’t want to see my team fall short like that.  That’s what fans do.

That year, we lost our starting quarterback, Chad Henne for the season due to injury, and while he wasn’t Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, he was still the quarterback of my favorite football team. 

Did we need to make some changes?  Yes; talk about dismal, but I was going to be a ride-or-die fan no matter what.

That year, many of our “so-called” Dolphins fans were making statements like, “we should lose all of our games in order to get the hottest college quarterback coming out of college” or “we need to get the #1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.”

That was a horrible way of thinking, if you ask me.  But never, and I mean never, did I hear any of our Dolphins fans cheering when Chad Henne got hurt that season or period.  As a matter of fact, outside some of the things I have seen Philly fans do over the years, this was a new low for me to have witnessed. 

You know what I am talking about and if you don’t, let me refresh your memory.

Many of the fickle fans of Houston, who haven’t been happy with the QB play of Matt Schaub, literally cheered when he suffered what appeared to be a right foot injury during Houston’s 38-13 loss to the Rams a few weeks ago.

I mean, as Schaub was lying on the ground in pain, the fans began cheering his injury and got really excited when T.J. Yates stepped under center.

Texans running back Arian Foster called the fans’ response “tactless and tasteless.” 

Texans receiver Andre Johnson said “It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that they would do something like that. It just shows no class.”

Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said, “It disappointed me that they would cheer when somebody goes down hurt or they would cheer a man’s downfall.”

Texans guard Wade Smith said “I don’t think I’ve ever been as disappointed in our fans than at that moment.”  

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said, “You never ever want anybody to cheer an injury. That’s just unacceptable.”

Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, the guy that almost everybody wanted to go in for Schaub, said, “The guy is laying there on the ground holding his ankle, and the fans are cheering. For all that guy has done for this city and this team, for the fans to be booing him when he is hurt on the ground, straight up disrespectful.”

And to sum it all up, Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph was more direct when he got on  SportsRadio 610 in Houston and said, “They gonna do that, don’t show the f–k up.”

I think that last one takes the cake.  I don’t think that I have ever cheered for a player being injured, even if it is a player on another team.

Matt Schaub is just one player, but football is a team sport. Fans are supposed to be there to support their team, which includes all the players, including Schaub.  Cheering his injury didn’t help the team; it hurt the team, as evidenced by the comments by the players I quoted above.

Cheering when any athlete gets hurt, especially one on your own is downright disgusting and classless. No athlete or person deserves the reward of people cheering when they get injured.
Boy, boy, boy; with fans like y’all, who needs enemies? 

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper.  Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .