Of course, that’s not true. Welcome to our world, Texan fans. In Philadelphia, we are still trying to shake an image painted by some drunk yahoos who threw snowballs at a bad Santa 45 years ago.
Matt Schaub, who played at West Chester East High School, is the quarterback of the Houston Texans. He is having a rough year. After being an early pick to be a Super Bowl contender, his Texans have a losing record and Schaub has thrown interceptions that have been run back for touchdowns in three consecutive games.
Schaub has been booed in the stadium, his jersey has been torched outside of it, and he has been crucified in the media, but one Houstonian took things too far when he showed up at Schaub's home last night and berated him for his poor play. The fan then took pictures of his family and left on his own accord when police arrived on the scene. Schaub didn't press charges.
Now imagine if that happened in Philadelphia.
The litany of every incident involving a drunken Philadelphian in the past century would make it into national news stories—snowballed Santa, boo birds and Eagles court. The Santa incident happened at Franklin Field, and the Eagles stopped playing there in 1970. Eagles court was at the Vet, which was demolished in 2004. And the Eagles fans welcomed Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb home with resounding cheers, disappointing a stunned national media.
We never get to move on. We never get the benefit of the doubt.
Compare our treatment to how Will Brinson of CBS Sports describes the Schaub incident:
"Texans fans are generally perceived as smart, caring football fans. It's probably a case of a few bad apples here."
So in Houston it's just a few bad apples and in Philly we are all bad apples.
The double standard has not been lost on Twitter:
If Eagles fans did this to Vick, Jesse Jackson would be down here on a racial witch hunt: http://t.co/0cM2L2zTY1 …
— Jack Clegg (@HungryJack215) October 9, 2013
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) October 9, 2013
Texans fan berates Matt Schaub at his house...but still us Eagles fans are a bunch of jerks! #WeAintSoBad
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) October 9, 2013
Yet we still hear about Philly fans & Santa. ESPN NFL - NFL contacts Texans, police after man goes to Matt Schaub's home, berates him.
— Thomas (@PhillyT2LA) October 9, 2013
San Fran fans stab a guy to death. Houston fans run up on Matt Schaub in his house. But Philly fans are savages. Right. Got it.
— Zilla Rocca (@ZillaRocca) October 9, 2013
— Pat Ayling (@PatAyling) October 9, 2013
— Jason Ashworth (@JayA_975) October 9, 2013