Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Ethics of a Fan

In today's Star Ledger Steve Politi wrote a column about the negative response that Mike Teel received yesterday and all season long. Teel, because he is the face of the program and arguably the face of their 2008 ineptitude, has become a rallying point for fans and their vituperative reactions. Yesterday he was booed unmercifully IN A WIN.
While this blog does not really deal with Rutgers football, it does raise a good question: should fans boo student-athletes so viciously and indiscriminately?
Let me put up a believable situation. Perhaps a RU team that is maybe a little young and inexperienced has an unforseen start to the season and then struggles when the Big East schedule begins. By mid-February they are only 2-8 in the conference coming into their matchup with Seton Hall. Would Anthony Farmer and JR Inman deserve the same response abuse from the fans if, as the seniors on the team, they are underperforming like the team?
It's a tough question and we would love to hear what you think. Just leave a comment, you don't need to have an account to do so.

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