Not only did the Seahawks set a world record for crowd noise during their win over the 49ers Sunday night, but they ticked off a couple in Marin County.
Over at the Seahawks subreddit, one user posted a letter to the editor in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Spelman and Mr. Schiller would really like those rowdy Seahawks fans to quiet down. It's just not fair!
Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?
It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.
At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.
Is there the possibility that this is brilliant satire? Sure. We absolutely choose to believe it isn't.
Update: In today's Chronicle, another letter to the editor:
I couldn't agree more with "Unsportsmanlike conduct in Seattle" (Letters, Sept. 17).
It wasn't a game of skill anymore; it was an exhibition of excessive stadium noise, posturing obscenities in your opponent's face to draw a foul and street-punk behavior to fire up tensions to gain any advantage to get the win.
I hope the NFL will listen before the fans go deaf. Please stop the excessive stadium noise, and just play football.
Ellen Gust, Palo Alto