There was little doubt what the sound at Lambeau Field toward the end of the first half during the Packers’ 22-21 victory over the Falcons was.
It was a chorus of boos, echoing throughout the stadium, aimed squarely at the Packers following their less than inspiring performance during the first 30 minutes of play.
This sound was not coming from an isolated section in the bowl-it was everywhere, rising from the lower rows and moving up as time went on.
There was some question about who the boos were directed at.
Some believe that they were aimed at Mike McCarthy, and his play calling toward the end of the first half.
Others suspect it might have just been the culmination of frustration for the fans following 5 1/2 games of uninspired play. They were down 21-10 to the Falcons, generally considered one of the worst teams in the league, with no real hope in sight for a turnaround.
Whatever the case, it must have been quite awkward for Dave Robinson, there to receive his Hall of Fame induction and name in the Ring of Honor, to take the field in frigid temperatures, immediately following this display from the fans.
As a result of this display, the question of whether you should boo the team you are a fan of has become the topic de jour for this week.
From one paragraph opinion pieces in post game articles
If you’re going to go to a game to boo your team, don’t go to the game. It sort of defeats the home-field advantage, doesn’t it? You know, when the home team’s “fans” boo the team they supposedly support on their home field. Booing is something you shake your head at when other fan bases do it. It’s just not a good look.
To full on analysis of what is considered proper fan etiquette:
Booing is fine. To each his own. If you paid for a ticket and wish to make good on the investment by booing, that’s your decision.
But in my opinion, when you’re at a game in support of a team, there are just a few things that need to be considered and a few rules to follow.
Opinions were everywhere as to what is considered proper fan reaction.
For what it is worth, I am of the opinion that fans should do whatever they have to do when dealing with poor performance on the field. Boo, cheer, stomp their feet, whatever it is that works best for them, go right ahead.
Hopefully, the conversation of whether booing is acceptable will now come to an end.
Speaking on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee with Jason Wilde, Aaron Rodgers, the Packers starting quarterback (when he’s not recovering from a broken collarbone) , addressed the topic of booing from the fans:
“I think it’s perfectly OK for fans to do that. … But I hope those fans were cheering really loud when it was 22-21.”
So there it is-the face of the Packers has come out and said that it is OK for fans to boo, when appropriate. Hopefully this will put a nice bow on BooGate.
To boo, or not to boo? That is the question. The answer is do whatever you want to do. Aaron Rodgers has said it is OK.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
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