(some) TEXAS TECH FANS NEED TO GET A BRAIN
By mark rogers
October 26, 2009
I'm a huge football fan. High school, college, pros. I'm passionate. I get in to it. It has an affect on my mood...it can ruin a day (or week) for me. I've broken things while watching football. I've cried. I've screamed. I'm a pretty typical fan (in my opinion) and do many things that many typical fans do. I get it.
But there's one thing I absolutely DO NOT get nor will I EVER get...booing a college football player.
It happened Saturday night in Lubbock to QB Taylor Potts.
Most, if not all, Tech fans brag about their loyalty, dedication and passion. Lubbock is a tough place to play, and Tech fan takes pride in that.
But any Tech fan who took part in chanting "No More Potts" on Saturday in the 3RD quarter of Tech's loss to A&M should be banned from any sporting event in Lubbock and (in my opinion) forced to eat nothing but molded oatmeal and spoiled milk for the rest of their idiotic lives.
Taylor Potts lives and breathes Tech football.
He wakes up thinking about it. He goes to sleep thinking about it. He's consumed by it all day everyday and has for many years.
In six games this year, Potts has thrown for 2,127 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's been sacked 11 times and has a QB rating of 146.2.
To put that in perspective, Texas QB Colt McCoy has a rating of 143.3, has thrown 14 touchdowns, eight interceptions and been sacked 12 times.
There's just two main differences:
- 1. Texas is undefeated and ranked 3rd in the nation.
- 2. Texas is a better team with better talent, better facilities, better coaching, better discipline, in a better city.
Maybe Potts is having to force things because the rest of the team can't do their jobs.
And how about the fact that the Tech defense is not all that great.
Here are some defensive conference stats for you...these are Big 12 rankings:
#11 in passing yards allowed
#8 in rush yards allowed
#8 in total yards allowed
T#8 in interceptions (just five)
#9 in points allowed
Listen here, Tech fan - you had a great year last year. Beat a #1 ranked team. Had a great QB and a great WR that led an explosive offense.
But you know what else you had? A decent defense. Here are the same defensive categories I listed above from the 2008 season (in the same order listed above):
If Tech fan can't realize that a good defense makes a difference in how your QB plays, then that fan should have "IDIOT" tattooed across his/her face.
It makes a difference.
But it's way easier to completely demoralize a young kid and his family by chanting "No More Potts" in front of 60,000 people than it is to actually know what in the world you're talking about.
It's like Tech fan thinks Taylor wakes up at noon. Rolls out of bed to eat some Fruit Loops and play video games, then comes to the stadium on Saturday and laces 'em up.
You don't think he's trying just a little harder at being a football player than Tech fan is at being a complete waste of space?
Makes me absolutely sick.
And not just for Taylor, but for any young athlete who pours his/her heart and soul into something and is then completely ostracized by the very group of people he/she is doing everything he/she can to please.
I'm sure it happens every week somewhere across the country. But it's never really hit this close to home.
I've known Taylor for a long time and know his family well. They are some of the best, quality, upstanding people I've ever had the privilege to know.
And this isn't some kid who's been in trouble with the law. He hasn't been arrested for beating up his girlfriend, for public intoxication or for disorderly conduct.
Taylor doesn't talk trash on the field. He doesn't taunt the other team. He doesn't say stupid things in the media. A player that does those things might be deserving of some fan ridicule if he's not performing well.
But Taylor hasn't done either of those things. He's a good kid, and he's played hard.
All he does is do everything exactly right, try his ever-loving rear end off and gets booed off the stage because Tech is having a good year instead of a "great" one they had at the beginning of last year for the first time in 1,000 years.
Does it really take less than 12 months to forget that you've always been just an average program?
Taylor's numbers are way better than most QBs in the FBS.
Not to mention he was illegally hit (helmet-to-helmet) in the Texas game and spent the night in the hospital a few weeks later after suffering a major concussion. What else does he have to do to prove to Tech fan that he's dedicated and willing to give up his health and lot of other things to win games for an ungrateful fan base?
Tech fan can have an opinion and talk to others about the possibility of putting someone else in at QB. That's part of the position: you get all the glory and all the ridicule.
But no college athlete should be ridiculed like that. In front of his family, his close friends, his team.
I hope Taylor doesn't ever play another down for those idiotic, dim-witted, dense Tech fans that booed him the other night.
I hope he transfers to another school and finishes his career with a fan base that actually knows something about football.
Taylor would never say it, but he's a better athlete, student and human than about 99.8% of the people walking around this planet.
And I can tell you one other thing, too - Not a one of those fans would boo Taylor to his face because (although he never would) he could smash them all into little pieces with one arm.
It just says a lot about the Tech fans that took part...they're cowards with no intellect and will only be successful in life if someone comes up with a way to make a living by being a completely thoughtless, selfish, tactless and gauche human being.