Archive for Thursday, November 14, 2013

Editorial: Disrespectful fans

Allen Fieldhouse fans’ choice to alter the ending of the national anthem is both disrespectful and stupid.

November 14, 2013


So what’s next? “Our Father, who art in K.C.”?

Repugnant fan behavior in Allen Fieldhouse needs to come to a halt with all the emphasis of a Jeff Withey block.

At issue is the revival of the shameful and tasteless practice by boorish, immature student fans who shout “home of the CHIEFS” as the concluding line of our national anthem.

It was particularly offensive on the Friday prior to Veterans Day, but has no place at any time.

The Chiefs certainly deserve accolades. This is no way to recognize their accomplishments. No self-respecting fan of the Kansas City professional football team should tolerate the denigrating of our nation in this manner, and neither should anyone connected with Kansas University and its basketball program.

This insulting behavior is even more embarrassing than the f-bomb yell that echoed on kickoffs in Memorial Stadium a few seasons back. Fortunately, that dreadful situation faded.

So, it seemed, had the “Chiefs” chant in the fieldhouse, but stupidity must not have been completely eradicated on Mount Oread, because it’s back.

Any blockhead who utters that moronic line deserves to be confronted, if not booted. Students should police themselves and not tolerate it. The athletic department leadership also should address it publicly and work aggressively behind the scenes to stamp it out.

Surely it’s obvious that it’s more damaging to the university’s image than any tweet by any professor.

Allen Fieldhouse is widely regarded as one of the nation’s top venues for college basketball. Deservedly so.

KU fans also generally are as highly thought of as the coaching staff and the team. It’s time for the vocal idiots in the crowd to demonstrate some maturity so that all the fans in the fieldhouse retain their reputation for class, rather than finding themselves lumped with Missouri’s Antlers at the bottom of the spectator barrel.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Go KU!


Larry Bauerle Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

I guess I just don't get it. Why yell this at a KU basketball game?

Jean Robart 4 years, 7 months ago

It happens at Chiefs' games, and I don't hear any complaining.

John Graham 4 years, 7 months ago

Well no one ever said boorish behavior doesn't occur in the stands at NFL games.

Daniel Kennamore 4 years, 7 months ago

"Any blockhead who utters that moronic line deserves to be confronted, if not booted."

Yes, because enforcing patriotism doesn't go against what the country is supposed to stand for or anything.

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