Needless to say, I was very much upset to learn of this behavior. I don't have much sympathy for people who are intoxicated, much less college students who are intoxicated. Being drunk is not an excuse. Let me say that again. Being drunk is not an excuse. If you're one of those people who thinks everyone does it and that's just part of college and to a lesser extent college football, well I've got news for you. Everyone doesn't do, and I'm living proof of that. Furthermore, it does not matter if the opponent was the United States Naval Academy or Whatever State, that kind of behavior and vulgarity does not have a place in major college football games, which are frequented by young children among others.
I am bias, I realize. For those of you who don't know, my father took me to Navy football games since before I can remember. Amazingly, he took me to Navy and other small time college football games exclusively until I was eleven or twelve, for the precise reason that he did not want me exposed to the excessive profanity and disgusting behavior we often associate with the NFL. If you want to be loud and obnoxious, go ahead, I won't stop you. My friends know that I myself have done my fair share of heckling at baseball games (hey ump, did you see that? the third base coach winked at me. he winked at me!) but I know where the line is. Obviously this line changes with each environment, but it should never involve throwing out f-bombs, and should never account for insulting the men and women in uniform and the men and women who will soon be wearing the uniform. If you can't grasp that concept, just imagine yourself telling your hard earned tax dollars "f-you."
Another thing that really makes me upset is who this chant was directed at. What the hell did Reggie Campbell ever do to deserve that? He's one of the most humble and sincere guys you will ever meet in your life. It's one thing to get rowdy at a player who throws out bulletin board material or whatnot, but to pick on a competitor like Reggie (who oh by the way will be a commissioned officer this time next year) is uncalled for and asinine.
Lastly, this is doing a great disservice to all the Rutgers fans who stuck with this team throughout the dark years of the program's history, and disgraces the university, it's football program, and the administration of the school. There is a reason Fox News and other media outlets picked this story up, and it ain't because they care about the Heisman campaign of Ray Rice (classy guy btw) or the race for first in the Big East. Like it or not if your a Rutgers fan, but I have a feeling more than a few fans from opposing teams are going to bring this up as the season goes on.
I may be hammering a dead horse, but so what. It was about time I actually spoke my mind on this blog. Back to Ball State tommarow.