Some sports fans just need to be reminded that, while sports are fun to watch, they are not your whole life. It's simply a game. Unless you work for the team or get paid to be a sports writer, what happens on the field, court or ice has no effect on your life.

Does that mean don't be emotional? No! Feel the fire, be passionate! But know at what point when that part of you needs to be shut off.

Death threats are not a new phenomenon in sports. Before the birth of social media, many fans decided to just send letters to the players whom they wished ill-will on. Jackie Robinson received a large number of these letters, especially during the early portion of his career.

One of the more famous of these many letters read: "ROBINSON WE ARE GOING TO KILL YOU IF YOU ATTEMPT TO ENTER A BALL GAME AT CROSLEY FIELD" (Crosley Field was then the home of the Cincinnati Reds). While Robinson was very much in danger of something happening to him, the threat makers were never able to carry out what they promised, as Robinson played 1,382 games in his major league career

There is no, I repeat, no place in the sports world for death threats.

"Oh, he dropped a pass that would have taken us to the Super Bowl! I'm gonna tweet out that if I see him on my town, I'll kill him!" What is your malfunction? Should he have caught that ball? Probably so. Does he deserve to die because he didn't? Heck no!

Flip the script: how would you feel if you made a crucial mistake on a school assignment and went home to an inbox or news feed full of people saying, "I'll kill you" or "You should go somewhere and die!" Would that make sense to you in that situation?

I'll reiterate, it's just a game folks! I've been upset many times watching the game. As a Washington Redskins fan, this is something I have to deal with often. As unhappy as I may be with RG3 or the defense, I know to leave it at that. There is no reason to overreact over something that will have no bearing on how I live my life.

Don't let your fandom drive you to acting outside of yourself!


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