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Letter: Aggie fans lacking respect

On October 6, 2010

I'm competitive. I think patience is for losers and droolers. I like a hard-fought blood and sweat contest not hug-fests where we circle up and sing kumbiya. But, has it been so long since we've won that we can't remember how to act as spectators? Here's a simple concept that seems to have generally evaded our crowd: without the opposing team there would be no game!

In grade school, children mock, denigrate and besmirch others for the wrong hair or shoes or name. Most people outgrow that titillating puerile behavior and look back with a learned measure of respect for other humans. Maybe USU has too many frat brats who never outgrew second grade. "Kindergarten baby born in the gravy" is now, "Stupid, stupid", or "Left, right, sit down!" Obviously, every person who chants this rubbish has never MADE any team. Jealousy precludes their ability to be decent and failures are seldom magnanimous. Since they have no real team uniform they wear shirts with vile and contemptuous slogans. They may as well print, "I am a dumb -A."

Only a "jack-a" brings a guest into their home in order to urinate on them. A student ID or a ticket doesn't entitle you to center stage as the crude clown to make sports events into a ghetto fabulous experience for others. If you want to be the center of attention then develop your talent and see how well you fare against those who have made the effort to be on a team. Winners, and that doesn't necessarily mean the highest scorers, actually respect and esteem their opponents because they know the effort it takes to get there. If you really believe the opposing team is weak, pathetic, unworthy of respect, then winning a contest against them is as proud a moment as winning an arm-wrestle with a 5-year-old.

It is hilarious to assume people come to games to be entertained by talentless discourteous saps in the stands. When trashy disrespectful behavior gives USU and the local community the image of discourteous fools, it is tasteless to turn around and ask our community to extend "Aggie discounts." USU alumni do business all over the world with people who've been ridiculed disdainfully by jerks at USU. Does this helps alumni to rush to donate to USU?

Have you ever heard of the bird that poops in its own nest?

Jeena Nilson

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