I was reading some comments on another thread by a poster that intrigued me thus the topic.
I don't know fellow forum members but I'm curious to know just exactly what one means when the word hate is used in the context of professional sport. Is it simply an expression loosely used? A figure of speech? Or are some fans driven to the point of actually "hating" a certain player or certain team? And if they actually have such feelings....why?
Let me ask on the assumption that some fans actually do "hate" certain players or teams? What is it that drives a person to the point that they would hate a team of men, few if any, that they've actually met in person? Such so called fans must be functioning at a very low emotional level to have such feelings in my opinion.
Is there not enough bigotry, racism, bullying and senseless hatred in this world? Does it need to spill into the world of sport? If some so called fans are so emotional that they could actually "hate" a certain team or certain players then it makes me wonder how those same fans would feel if the player they hated so much received a career ending debilitating injury during a game. Perhaps while the player is being carried off on an ambulance stretcher and they are clapping [as many concerned fans do] they are clapping for different reasons and are inwardly revelling at the player's misfortunate.
How odd that some fans would allow their emotions to get so carried away that they would challenge another fan cheering for the other team to a fight in the stands. How odd that this could be going on in the stands at the end of game while the two teams of players on the field are embracing each other and shaking each other's hands congratulating one another for a hard played game.
I would not like to think I am in the minority when it comes to team rivalries. Would I like to see the Stamps receive a whooping? You bet I would and preferably by the Lions. This does not mean I hate the Stamps. Are there certain players that I have less respect for? Absolutely, but I don't hate these players. My lack of respect is usually due to the dirty way they play the game or the kind of attitude they display in general. Would I want bad things to happen to them? Of course not. Maybe I'm in the minority but I find the expression "hate" an awfully strong emotion to use in the world of sport.
Sport is simply a form of entertainment. It is live theatre. We are the spectators and we're there to be entertained by the cast. It is much like going to a movie or to theatre.
Guys and gals, I consider myself a loyal long time CFL fan but I cannot see the day coming where I could take this sport so seriously that I could end up hating a certain team and its fans or hating certain players regardless of who they play for.