Remember back in October when Tennessee Vols fans were slammed by the national media for throwing trash onto the field during the Ole Miss game?
How can any UT fan forget?
After the loss to Ole Miss — a game that was compelling from start to finish for several reasons — the main story was the trash-throwing incident.
Obviously, no one can excuse throwing trash onto the field. It’s always a poor idea to throw objects toward the field. It can cause injury (to players, coaches, fans, etc) and it delays the game. It’s just a bad look.
But it’s something that happens in sports — more often than some folks realize.
(Just last week a soccer fan threw a SPEAR onto the field of play and hit a player. A SPEAR!)
WTF Sevilla vs Betis game has been suspended cos some fan hit a Sevilla player with a spear, WILD. pic.twitter.com/4Jto4jN2Dr
— WolfRMFC (@WolfRMFC) January 15, 2022
It feels like Tennessee fans are just an easy target for the national media. Folks like Pat Forde, Dan Wolken, and Stewart Mandel love taking shots at the Vols any chance they get.
For some reason, other programs/pro sports franchises don’t receive that same treatment.
On Sunday evening, Dallas Cowboys fans pelted the field with various objects after watching their team lose to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 17, 2022
The incident got some attention on social media, but it’s barely been mentioned on the Monday morning talk shows that have spent hours discussing the outcome of the game.
It was, however, mentioned during the post-game press conference on Sunday. A reporter asked Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott about the fans throwing objects onto the field.
At first, Prescott castigated the fans for throwing objects toward the players. When Prescott was informed that fans were throwing things toward the referees, he said: “credit to them”.
Here’s the clip of Dak Prescott saying “credit to them” when told that #DallasCowboys fans were throwing objects at the referees after the game.
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) January 17, 2022
Can you imagine if Vols head coach Josh Heupel or UT quarterback Hendon Hooker had made a similar comment after the Ole Miss game? We’d still be reading columns about how Tennessee is the worst thing to ever happen to college football.
I don’t think we need any more proof that Tennessee is unfairly targeted by the national media.
There is at least one national columnist that took Prescott to task over his comments.
— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) January 17, 2022
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