"Booing" the opponent in Lane

So, I was "told" by an older gentleman not in hokie gear save his tattered hat on Saturday in the West stands as ODU was showered with Boo's as they ran onto the field that - "Remember we agreed not to Boo any teams post 4/16, because everyone was so nice to us"... Ummm did "we" agree to that? I don't remember anything of the sort. I'm not talking about booing an injury or an individual player even, but ODU running onto the field? We can't "boo" them? "We" as a fan base agreed to this post 4/16? Tell me that's a joke. Your thoughts?

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That should absolutely be considered out of character for Hokie fans.

We should be better hosts than that.

I know I like being treated like a guest (and seeing our players treated with respect) in other team stadiums.

I know this may not be popular, but I agree with what VTkey wrote here.
I understand that may undercut the Terrordome we want back (and I do so want that).

I kind of like the thought that a visiting team enters the Terrordome with respect and then gets the full Terrordome shit kicked out of them using the game as the framework for that beatdown (show no mercy).

Also, if after a team enters, any of their players are turds during the game then they deserve whatever wrath we (fans and players) dish out to them.

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So booing the whole team as the run onto the field is trash/not characteristic of hokies/disrespectful, but throwing the ball up 28, wholesale blitzing with the game out of reach, taking a punt returners head off is cool though? OK

It's a sign of respect to feel free to crush them on the field.

We should just play every game at a neutral site, so no players get their feelings hurt - before they try to knock our QB out of the game.

I like playing in Lane.

And your stadium can be intimidating without the fans booing the opposing team or fans. We can be plenty loud on key plays.

The intimidation should be dominance on the field.

Should be CRAZY loud on third down.

Edit: took out the hyperbole because people here can't handle that.

again booing is not = throwing a beer can at someone. It's not in the same universe.

It's not the same thing.

I boo bad decisions. I boo boorish behavior. I feel that it's a waste of time to boo the other team just because they showed up.

Edit: Took out the red meat for the critics. Was too extreme an example.

It's not the same thing, but it is in the same universe.

Throwing a beer at someone is in the same universe as booing a team?

You're just exaggerating for effect right now, right?

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Yes, I was exaggerating for effect.

It's clearly not the same thing.

Now you edited your OP to take away that effect ..... ;)

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Nope. One is assault by most criminal codes... the other is very common at most sporting events above the middle school level. The fact that you are OK with booing you agree with, and I would guess not OK with selective beer can throwing tells you this is not in the same universe.

I fixed it, so you can get back on topic.

Lmao it is not in the same universe. One is assault.

What is the world coming to when we can't boo a team coming to our house to kick our ass? Is cheering when they fumble offensive too? You're literally cheering about someone's mistake. I would bet money that the opposing team couldn't care less about getting booed when they run out of the field. It wouldn't bother me if our team was booed when running out onto an opposing team's field. You cross the line when you boo or cheer an injury.

I mean, here's my question: I'm not surprised that people booed ODU because of last year but some people will inevitably boo Furman and URI and to that I'd ask: why?

BOO HOW DARE YOU SHOW UP TO THE GAME YOU'RE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED TO PLAY!

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I'll ask you this- Why is booing a whole team offensive?

I wouldn't call it offensive, I think its nonsensical.

If you can't deal with getting booed you don't belong on a college football field.

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If you can't handle being boo'd, you wouldn't do very well playing for any NFL team.

Even Panthers fans were booing their own team halfway through the first quarter during the broadcast yesterday. (bet you thought I was going to bring up the fact that an Eagles fan tried to physically fight a Sixers player, didn't you)

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You're gonna get booed if you play pretty much anything above high school ball, and if you can't handle it you're soft.

Philly fans fighting their own guy for rooting for his hometown team is dumb. People should be able to show up in rival gear and not expect to get physically accosted, period.

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We aren't the NFL. Those kids on the field, our side and theirs aren't pros, they are college students who give up a lot to play football. Most of them will never be pro. I think it's bush league to boo the players just for showing up.
I'll admit that UVA can test my position, and I've booed them before on general principal. I admit it, but I still think it's a bit classless. No agreement I've heard about not to boo, 4/16 or otherwise, but I've been uncomfortable with it for a few decades. Just me, I guess, and that old guy in the tattered hat.

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I don't think it's offensive, but I don't think it's classy either. Tbh I would rather have them run into lane in complete silence.

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Classy: saying please and thank you, opening doors, being generous and loving, sending flowers to a co-workers sick relative, sending a thank you note to someone, honoring your family, volunteering your time, wearing proper attire to formal functions, putting others before yourself. Not on this list.... football game cheers. There are people in Lane that don't boo when the team runs out, yet wear jeans to a funeral or don't say thank you- ever, or don't do anything for anyone but themselves. If people were not emotionally invested in VT football, they wouldn't pay for this dog schedule. Your class and character is not defined in those emotional situations of fandom and pride unless you are cussing at women and children. Let's not make it more than it is. Frank Beamer dropped many an F bomb on referees in his day. Guess he has no class. LOL.

Hey, it's more than Eastern Carolina could manage.

ZING

Also, always boo ECU.

Always.

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but throwing the ball up 28, wholesale blitzing with the game out of reach, taking a punt returners head off is cool though?

You have a point. I don't like trying not to loose when your up, but I don't think we should do stupid stuff either.

The Terrordome we all know was under Beamer, so we know most of that didn't happen there (I remember punt returners and punt team opponent players getting hit mercilessly - and we were all good with that).

That being said, if your up 28 and you get the ball back with 10 minutes left, your gonna let your 2nd or 3rd string O run the ball and try to score with all the gusto they can muster. That to me isn't letting up.
I also don't expect, under any conditions, my 2nd and 3rd string D to not pursue the ball properly or tackle improperly, so that is also not showing mercy.

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Nah, fuck that lol. This is a football game, not a dinner party. Boo them. Just don't boo them at inappropriate times. Booing has been a part of sports forever. Hell, being booed feels fantastic. It drives you to want to overcome the hate. I doubt any opposing player would ever complain about that.

You can definitely treat opponents, both players and fans, with respect and still boo them. Be courteous as humans, but enemies as fans! That's the fun in sports.

Would making a wordplay out of an opposing coach's name, say Pat Narduzzi, into Paul Nardouchey or something similar be something that would be out of character for Hokie fans? Would that be rude or disrespectful?

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

booing college kids is trashy

Boo team โœ”๏ธ
Boo refs โœ”๏ธ
Boo players โŒ
Was not a fan of the boos for Kuham or Cunningham.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I agree with this.

I agree with this.

Using /s is for cowards.

Some players earn boos, like a guy known for dirty play or someone who talked trash on VT but in general I would agree.

Lots of people are convinced (whether its accurate or not) that Kumah and Cunningham badmouthed VT on the way out, so the boos didn't surprise me...but they're not necessary.

We should also be above booing non-rival teams.

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Vasquez comes to mind for CMYBall

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And that same Kumah gave Lane props for being so loud ODU couldnt her calls on 3rd down.

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This, I like.

I've always wondered what the noise is like field level. If he couldn't hear on 3rd downs Saturday, Ian Book should've collapsed in pain due to his eardrums exploding last season. First few series of that game were as loud as I've heard Lane in a long time.

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Would you boo Trevon Hill?

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I hope everyone does.

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In what situation? Just walking on the field, no. He throw up a U or some shit yes.

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Yeah, he's already owed for that one. So he gets booed.

Didn't he throw up a "U" at graduation? On top of what he did to get booted.

Fuck that. Boo that guy.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

This. Unless said player does something to deserve boos (cheap shot, targeting, unnecessary roughness, being Grayson Allen)

Then booing the player is okay in my books too

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I'm sorry but Trevon Hill is gonna get some

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That may hurt their feelings. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Lane is a safe space. (Need I do the /s?)

"I play real sports, not trying to be the best at exercising..." - KP

Lane should be a safe place for teams and fans.

But not so hospitable to other teams on the scoreboard. Cheer for our team. Treat the opposing fans/teams like guests.

#takethehighroad

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Are you OK with shaking keys and being loud on 3rd down? Or should we allow the opposing QB- our "guest" to hear his signals clearly?

We should be loud as shit when the other team is on offense. Shake 'em if you got 'em.

Anything should be fair game there but cowbells. (Yes, I'm talking to you, Mississippi State.)

But being rude to the teams and fans, like booing them, is something else.

I never said anything about being rude to fans. I go out of my way to welcome visiting fans around the tailgates, etc. That is an entirely different issue altogether than 40K people booing an entire visiting team coming onto the field. You think someone on ODU's team's feelings got hurt? before they ran on the field and tried to take Willis's head off? should we cheer them when they run out of their tunnel? Should we stand and cheer for Duke when they run onto our field?

Booing the team is also rude, and more just reflects badly on you.

I prefer dead silence when they run out on the field. We certainly don't need to cheer them, or boo. I just don't care about them.

For me, that's a LOT more intimidating.

Most of the stadium booed ODU running onto the field. It was very loud. I'm sorry some ODU players got their feelings hurt before they cut block our OL. That's too bad.

This. It's sports. Players expect to get booed at opposing teams venues. Booing is not disrespectful to the team in the least.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

There's a big difference between being loud and booing. If you don't get that then I don't even know where to start.

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I get it perfectly fine. Yelling you suck #12 at the top of your lungs is fine. Booing is the ultimate sin though.

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I'll be nice to anyone personally that I run into.

But... yeah... I'm sorry, I'm not on board with the whole "make this a safe space for them to protect their feelings"... Nah. Lane is our house, and while you shouldn't ever feel like you're in danger about being in our house (think WVU and NCSU) you also shouldn't necessarily feel like you're welcome with open arms, either. The fans and team should have some uneasiness from the moment they see Lane to the moment they walk out. Once again, not because they ever feel like they're in danger, but because they feel like they're just not wanted.

I'll be a gracious host to you in the parking lot before and after the game.

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This. Thanks, saves me some typing.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

"The fans and team should have some uneasiness from the moment they see Lane to the moment they walk out. Once again, not because they ever feel like they're in danger, but because they feel like they're just not wanted."

You know what this really made me think of?

On a more serious note - no no no. It's not ok for visiting fans to feel "uneasiness" because they're "just not wanted."

I just think back to the times when I've visited other stadiums, and people were courteous.

Win or lose, I thought higher of them.

I've also been to stadiums where the fans were just assholes. The fans who are obnoxious don't suddenly become courteous on the walk out of the stadium. The ones who think you're unwelcome tend to be the ones who think they can win something for their team by being jerks on the way out.

I was at the FSU game last year. Most fans were very nice. The guy beside me on the 50 yard line made it clear he didn't like that VT fans had invaded his section. Gave me the odd elbow, played the "seat dominance" game, etc. I ignored him, but was happy when he left at halftime, and VT won that game.

I don't hate the other fans. I just want to see our team beat theirs. I don't mind if they witness it, even if I think it should be difficult for them to get a ticket.

C'mon man.

Booing doesn't make you discourteous, its part of sports.

If a fan of the opposing team is sitting next to me they should expect some good-natured trash talk, we can all get a long and still boo. If they get upset by me booing your team coming on the field, that seems very thin skinned.

If a (insert opposing team) fan is in Lane and boos the Hokies coming on the field, I wouldn't care in the slightest. I'd probably find it entertaining.

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Seriously, there is a huge difference between booing a team and being rude/disrespectful. Booing is universally known in the context of sports. It's what you do to the opposing team. It's understood by everyone. It's not a statement of their character. It's not insulting. You can be perfectly pleasant to the opposing fanbase before, during, and after a game and booing doesn't invalidate that.

Just like these guys...

Leonard. Duh.

I don't know about any kind of official announcement, but I feel like I remember that during the '07 season, Beamer requested that teams run onto the field at the same time as us during Sandman so that they wouldn't get booed, or at the very least, that ECU do that for the first game.

Never once have i heard anything remotely close to that comment being made. IMHO, booing an opponent is wayyy overplayed by a certain sector of sports fans as being disrespectful. It's just the opposite of cheering and let's be honest, it's kind of fun.

With that being said, I thought it was in poor taste to boo Kumah and Cunningham every time they touched the ball. Those guys played hard for us for years and regardless of them leaving I thought them grapes were just a little too sour for me.

Exactly. Is cheering rude then to these people since we are excluding the opposing team from our adulation and support? No, because that would be silly.

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I hate it when the opposing players interact and talk trash with our fans. This was an ongoing thing over last season and occurred Saturday too.

We are a spirited fan base. College football players are competitive and spirited also. It is in good fun most of the time. Dirty name calling and inappropriate gestures is where I get uncomfortable, especially with kids around. But sometimes, you're just going to get some of that.

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You would not have liked some of the chants the Marching Virginians came up with when they were seated field level & behind the visiting bench.

Hahaha. I am all for booing the opponent when they run out of the tunnel. The entire event is about competition and creating a fun and intimidating environment. I don't think it is trashy or disrespectful. As long as booing is in the spirit of competition and not mean-spirited, then I am 100% in support.

Examples of when I think booing is mean-spirited and in bad taste:

1) booing at an injury
2) booing at your own team/players (this just irks me as a fan. be a fan no matter what the outcome of a game/play)
3) booing at Kumah and Cunningham was borderline in bad taste. I'm sure many of those that booed did so in the spirit of competition, and if they were to see/talk to Kumah or Cunningham in person would be kind and exchange kind words with them.

And the guy who told you that needs to seriously rethink his position. I mean everyone was so nice to us, so maybe we should just spot everyone 7 points out the gate, or maybe we should just let everyone win. I mean seriously?! Come on. Generally speaking, Lane is a great place to visit, and our fans treat other fan-bases pretty well in comparison to a lot of places.

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Amen- agree with all of this.

People boo when they think players are faking injuries to slow down an offense (ah, to have an offense good enough to require such a thing...), which...if you somehow could *prove* that the player was going that, fine, but realistically you don't know if they're hurt/cramping etc. so best to just not.

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"I" have "never" "heard" of such a "thing"

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I say boo everything you don't like no matter how petty. Like Philly fans booing their own team with 8 minutes left in the second quarter

Hokie fans in Lane used to boo very loudly at our team going into the locker room at half time if the offense stunk the first half. I heard this many many times much louder than we booed ODU.

I hate hate hate when people boo our players. They are unpaid - boo poor coaching decisions, boo the refs, but never ever boo your own players.

It's REALLY rude to boo your own team.

i boo other drivers on 95. cathartic.

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Well, you have no class, hokies are "better" than that, and I will for ever judge you for not being nice to the other drivers on 95.

Just today, my 11 year old daughter mentioned getting a speaker like the Bluesmobile to yell at bad drivers.

I'm not a parent, but I'm pretty sure you're doing it right.

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Please, we Philly fans were booing the Eagles after the first drive touchdown against the Skins. Hell, someone even tried to fight someone on the Sixers for wearing a Redskins jersey.

I love Philly, and the Philly fans, but at no point do I really want to see Tech fans act like that.

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That's Threegional Manager Mike Scott, thankyouverymuch

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philly fans were booing the eagles about 16 minutes after they raised the super bowl banner in last year's season opener

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

That's pretty funny.

I was at the PSU game this weekend and the fans booed the team as they were going into the tunnel at halftime (down 10-7 to Buffalo). FWIW, they scored 38 in the 2nd half.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

As an Eagle fan, Philly players are Professional Paid athletes. It doesn't compare.

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I'd prefer not to hear "booo" at a Hokies game. We're better than that. Come one...it's college football. Some of the kids on the field are as young as 18....and some of the fans in the seats are my grade school aged kids. Take your "booo" to an NFL game.
But if you "booo" I'd never say anything. It's your deal....

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Cheering or booing or yelling at a college football game where violent hits occur every play is not a sign of "character" or being "better than that". Cmon. That's where you lose me. If someone boos ODU coming out of the tunnel, I'm not going to sit there and judge them as a person or a hokie. Get real. Sit near a student section at any campus once. LOL. Judge those people on "being better than that". If they drop F bombs around kids or cheer for injuries that's different. Booing? that's not a judge of character.

If at 18 years old, they can't handle getting booed at an opposing teams venue, they have no business playing sports.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Why are we better than that? VT fans are no different from anyone else. We are all humans that enjoy football. We just happened to go to a different school. People tend to not be so different from one another.

They're not kids...they're young adults.

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I don't boo the other team when they come onto the field. I'd prefer dead silence. If I were running out of the tunnel and someone boo'd me, I'd be using it as motivation. Running out of the tunnel to a dead flat environment... that's more crushing. Won't ever happen.
It's certainly not doing anything to help the situation. It could be a bad look. Why bother?

Booing your own team is classless. Shouldn't happen. Booing or taunting an injured player is classless. Again, shouldn't happen.

Booing Kumah? Not the greatest look, but, his departure certainly wasn't as smooth as Cunningham's. It certainly made far less sense.
Cunningham was on track to a great career based off his freshman production. New scheme shows up and he's lost in the crowd. Transferring to a system that showcased his talents is only logical. I can't agree with anyone booing him.

Booing referees: Sometimes it's earned. Sometimes (as a former referee), the people in the stands don't have a damn clue what they're talking about. They're just booing because they don't agree.

In general, I'm there to support my team. That's approached from a positive support point-of-view, most of the time. I'll save my negativity for things in life I can control.

Booing Kumah? Not the greatest look..

To whom?

Seriously whether you do it or not, booing happens everywhere. As long as fan engagement and booing isn't as egregious as Raptors fans cheering KD's achilles injury, (something we've never really come close to) it's not 'a bad look' for VT or VT football.

It's just my opinion that's it's not a good look.
But then, I don't think yoga pants are a good look. There are a lot of people out there wearing them who seem to disagree.
It could be that something isn't so bad in certain situations, but is worse in others (yoga pants logic). My view of our situation says it's not the greatest look.

Running out of the tunnel to a dead flat environment... that's more crushing

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I'd give this more upvotes if I could. Right on all counts. Especially the first!

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Running out of the tunnel to a dead flat environment... that's more crushing.

I dunno about you but I have found nothing intimidating about Wallace Wade or Scott Stadium the past.... Well, very long time

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That's because VT is getting a bigger cheer than the home team, not dead silence. Why didn't you use BC as the example?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I've never been to a game at BC

And yes... lets go from rowdy celebration during our entrance to dead silence when the opposing team comes out. That won't suck the atmosphere out of the environment at all....

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As an example, I remember some basketball games in Cassell in the 80s that all students were either reading a newspaper or standing facing the walls when the opponent starters were announced. It was dead silent...and it was pretty cool, and then we went nuts when VT was announced.

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I agree - for me, that's more effective.

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In the mid to late 2000s, they used to play this video on the jumbotron about ACC respect. It featured kids, aged approximately 6-10, each one dressed in an ACC team's jersey giving the usual "respect the opponent" spiel. I vividly remember the stadium, or atleast the student section at the time, booing the kid dressed in the UVA jersey.

It was awesome.

You're not lying. That was legitimately funny

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Yes, we all made fun of "Hokies Respect"

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I remember that too. Hokies Respect got zero...respect. The student section pretty well mocked everything about it.

"Robble robble robble robble!"

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If getting booed by the home crowd does anything but make the opposing team fired up to shut the crowd up, then that's a brittle spirit. That better be what our team is thinking when they're on the road

A collective yawn when the other team walks on the field is what I like.

For teams like Rhode Island definirely. Booing them feels forced. But teams like Miami, UNC and UVA need to hear it

Definitely URI stepped up to take a beating on short notice to take ECU's place. They are getting paid what a paltry $500,000 to come down and get pummeled.

They are getting paid 500,000 to get pummeled ! I seriously doubt this team will pummel anyone

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This thread turned into a classic food fight real quick.

This is an absurd sentiment. Booing the team as they run out of the tunnel isn't rude and most definitely does not bother the opposing team. Most of the opposing players I would actually say enjoy getting boo'd and if anything gets them more hyped. If they were all butt hurt over it would they be jeering back to our fans and waving them to boo louder. In summary booing the tunnel entrance seems so minor... During the game don't boo injuries or our own team, boo opposing individuals for specific reasons and almost always boo refs

Edit: I'd also add booing a team as they left after a win or a loss, barring any egregious behavior, would be classless

Personally I "golf clap" when the other team enters the field-but when we are on defense, I am yelling as loud as I can from the moment the opposing team begins to walk back to the huddle. Sometimes, I think folks wait TOO long to start making noise. I want to be loud enough that they can't hear their coach yelling in anything or them even hear anything in the huddle! And I will be just as loud at the end of the 4th quarter when we are on defense up three touchdowns-cause that's just being respectful and proud and supportive of our backups. I like when we try our best to NOT give up garbage time yards and points. (and to the question of continuing to try hard ourselves when we are up big-sure we probably shouldn't be running "statue of liberty" or "hook and ladder" type plays to score the 70th point but I'm all for our reserves trying their best to gain yards and score. 62-0 against Syracuse in 1999 was awesome!

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Followup: if people are booing the other team when they're entering the stadium, do you feel the need to scold them for it? Or just let it go?

I just let it go and consider the whole thing ridiculous.

I treat the wave the same way. Giant waste of my time and a distraction from more important things.

Giant waste of my time and a distraction from more important things.

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I don't think you and I would be very good friends and you know what, that's perfectly acceptable. Go Hokies.

Would it help if I told you I sneak copious amounts of candy into football games?

Between this and the ECU mess last year I'd love to stop using 4/16 as a crutch for arguments.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Largely gone unspoken of in this thread so far

"Remember we agreed not to Boo any teams post 4/16, because everyone was so nice to us"

is by far the most obnoxious part of this to me. That clearly not only never happened, but if random fans are using this as a beat to reprimand other Hokie fans, it's beyond ridiculous.

If I meet any of the ECU writers who continuously shoved it in our face that they were 'nice' to us and we should appreciate them I swear I'll lose my shit.

You don't get to use my friend's murder to bolster an argument about a fucking football game being rescheduled.

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Yeah I touched on this last time it was discussed but if I get that shit thrown in my face it's gonna be hard for me not to get into a physical altercation. Very well said.

ECU fans are by far the worst I've ever interacted with, their town sucks and I now hate their beat writers.

I hate everything about them.

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And its not just ECU people. There were a few in the media here in Raleigh that aren't necessarily affiliated with ECU but piled on anyway because "but ECU played VT after 4/16...."

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People who bring up 4/16 for reasons on how anyone associated with VT should act are the absolute worst.

Many of us actually lived through that. We were on campus at the time, and even for those of us who weren't, it still had a major impact to us. Don't tell me how I should or should not act or react over the course of my life because of that awful moment. I don't want that moment to define me as a person, and I would appreciate it if you didn't bring it up when its convenient for your morals.

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Okay, so we've determined that booing the opposing team, instead of being disrespectful, instead actually gets them more hype.

Let's try for some confusion...cheer for them as they come on the field.'

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Don't really see the point of booing the other guys. Just focused on cheering on the Hokies.

There were some fellers in my section on Saturday that mostly focused on coaching the Hokies.

I especially loved the sentiment that Grimsley should have rushed in to try to field a bouncing punt that he was 15 yds away from and the Monarchs were 15 inches away from.

I felt privileged to be sitting near such special teams geniuses.

Leonard. Duh.

Coaching from the stands is often appreciated by the players and fans around you.

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There was a guy in the SEZ that just went on and on all game. I hope to hell he doesn't have season tickets because I had heard about enough of his crap by the middle of the 4th quarter. It was like he was having a conversation in his head only yelling it as loud as he could. It was all I could do not to turn around and say "hey can you please shut the f*ck up so the rest of us can watch the game."

Booing the other team on entry is fair game and for me, it's obligatory to hear this from the crowd. So long as the fans also do things like clap when an injured opponent is successfully taken off the field. It is never okay to celebrate an injury, even for ass hole players who may be booed incessantly, at any time, for nearly any reason.

Speaking of this, it reminds me of when Vick had his leg broken against the Panthers. I was watching the game at a bar and the female general manager who was a Carolina Panthers fan IN the restaurant, ON her shift, ran around flailing her arms and chanting "We broke MIchael Vick's legggg, We broke MIchael Vick's legggg", to the tune that a little girl would. I don't hit women, and I don't think it's good practice to hit people for just being pathetic f***ing losers. Let's not be like that.

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Boo'ing as a team runs out in Lane is small potatoes IMO compared to the stuff the students do in Cassell...

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It's called home field advantage for a reason. If football players have a problem being booed, maybe they should join the chess team.

Booing the other team is bush league and illogical. Are we hoping they don't show up? How are we supposed to throttle them if they aren't there. As far as intimidating - please. I can't hear myself think on third down is intimidating. I made 60,000 people stop what they were doing to focus on me is empowering. Follow the lead of Nebraska and welcome the opponent. Or that of Texas A&M and ignore them. But booing their entrance is poor.

Doing better and better.

Booing a specific player or injury has no place in this world at all. Booing a team coming out of a tunnel I see nothing wrong with it. I feel like visiting players expect and probably remember the stadiums that jump on them from the moment they come out of the tunnel (respectfully booing). You can basically take this thread and spin it any way you want to. The ones saying Booing is rude and disrespectful on 3rd down and the visiting team just completely mucks up a play or drops a wide open pass, do you cheer? If you do I'd say its pretty rude and disrespectful to cheer for a players failure. I can assure you the boos are being forgotten about with what the players are saying to each other.

Formerly, I would have supported booing as the opponent entered the stadium; however, upon realizing this is also the positon dcwilson40 holds on the matter, I have spent the last 30 minutes reconsidering everything in my life and have reached the following conclusion.

Booing in any form is unacceptable. Not only this, but the letters B and O should either be entirely stricken from the english language or replaced immediately.

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This is all a matter of opinion there is no right or wrong to this. That being said I had the beer running through me and was in full Lane mode on Saturday and booed the shit out of Kumah every catch he made.

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Comparing 4/16 to football is so incredibly uncalled for. That is some one that has no grasp on where sports should exist in life. If anything like that happened to UVA you better expect I would donate to the survivors and the families. That is on a completely different level of life than a silly rivalry. That's even if VT never went through 4/16 itself. Its bullshit to bring up other colleges and universities being nice to us. I thank every single one of them It was amazing walking through squires and seeing the support from every school. But to equating them being there in a time of sorrow to a spirited competition is completely messed up.

With that being said if people think that booing a team running out of the tunnel is horrible and we should be better hosts then well maybe we should start some place else because that is no where close to as bad as I've seen at games. The last couple games I've been at it hasn't been a great experience based on the hokie fans around me. It's nothing I haven't seen other teams do, but to think they we are better fans than other schools is using some pretty opaque O&M glasses.

No fans should boo injuries no matter how conveniently placed they are. No fans should call out individual players. Fans shouldn't boo refs unless they actually know the rules and the call is egregious (it turns out most fans don't know the rules). But all this happens at every game I've been at. So I'm not going to get upset by booing an opponent as they run onto the field.

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Well At the Wake Forest Games I've gone to there's a loud section of the fans that Boo the visitors, once it was Louisville so it may have been directed at Petrino.

Aint no team classier than Wake Forest

ODU seemed to come out much later (at the very end of Enter Sandman) than other teams usually do.

Was this done intentionally by ODU?

I think boo'ing the other team as the run on the field is all part of the game. No one is taking it seriously like "I hate you so boo..." To me it always seems more in jest. It's part of the fun boo them as they run on. If they are smart they run on quickly after our team does so our fans are more into our entrance. But I don't think it's done out of malice or anything. I laugh have the time I boo because boo'ing is funny. What does it even mean??

If you can't handle being in another teams stadium and not having your tea and crumpets passed to you then you need to look for another sport, maybe chess or something.

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Say that to the 10 year old girls sitting behind me who got personally upset and asked their mom why Virginia Tech fans were being so hateful and rude when they didn't do anything wrong.

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Say that to my kids when they were that age and fans were dropping F bombs, fighting in the stands and telling the refs F you. Those 10 year old girls are going to hear booing in their lives. They are going to get fired from jobs, divorced, lose loved ones. This is a football game. Explain to them that ODU is trying to knock our players out of the game as soon as they possibly can with the biggest hits they can. That should give them some context.

So because other people do it, we should do it?

Are you really comparing booing in a football stadium to getting fired from a job and getting divorced?

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Are you saying that other fans booing is hurting them in some way?

I would they are 10. They need to understand what's happening.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

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Can you explain to me what's happening? Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see any reason why ODU should have been booed as a team coming into the stadium.

Also, is that how you want opponent's fans to view the school and VT fans? As hateful and rude? Remember this is a school and not a professional football team.

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LOL.. booing is hateful? I will never agree on that. And cheering wen the ODU QB gets sacked is rude to him and his family too, but I understand context in life.

Cheering for your team when they make a sack is different than booing the other team for doing nothing.

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Yes it's different, but since you are ignoring the context of a football game in your other examples, I'll ignore that here. Cheering when someone's brother, son, teammate, fragile 18 year old gets sacked to the turf is very rude.

It's also a bit rude when they just walk out on the field, but it's clear that you don't get that.

Oh I do get it. When I walk from my tailgate to Lane stadium I am fully aware I am not going to a prayer meeting or therapy session or to speak to a kindergarden class. I'm going to an emotionally charged football game where people of all ages have immense pride in their team, pay hundreds of dollars to attend, and want VT to have every possible advantage to win. I fully understand that among 67K people I may hear some cuss words, I may hear "you suck" I may hear boos, I may hear "the ref beats his wife". Yes, I fully understand that and realize that since I live in reality every other day of the year, I am not going to a miss manners convention. I learned that about sporting events when I was about 12 years old. I'ts funny that you expect visiting teams, that want to knock our players out of the game, to enjoy a church like experience from a passionate and diverse group of fans.

What you don't get is how it makes you look.

LOL. I boo ODU coming out of the tunnel. Fans in front of me, behind me, next to me abuse their wives, get DUIs, don't pay child support, cheat on their taxes, and pay for hookers. You keep judging people though - that is a great look.

I'm not judging you. You asked what we thought.

Feel free to do as you like.

We fundamentally disagree that booing is in some way "hateful." If that is your view that is fine, just know that there is a large majority of people that consider it to be fun and competitive. (and I would be willing to be these athletes on the field would agree with me considering the level they play at).

I don't care that you don't want to boo but I do care when you try to paint it as some heinous act to these poor children because that is so far from the truth.

I don't think it's heinous. I just don't think it looks as nearly as impressive as some people think.

Save your voices for third down, and make that downright loud.

That's what I don't understand, we aren't trying to impress anyone. We can be good steward's for VT AND boo the opposing team. I have plenty of voice.

Are you sure that yelling during 3rd down isn't hateful? After all, we're not part of the team and could be interfering with the opposing team trying to hear the call. I think some of y'all of confusing being passionate fans with being disrespectful.

I agree that we have different perspectives. I never said it was hateful, but that was the perspective of the two children sitting behind me.

I do think that it's in poor taste because, as I have mentioned, these teams are representatives of schools systems that we should have complete respect for. I don't think that the players running onto the field take it personally but I know that people in the stands take it personally and ultimately they think less of Virginia Tech as a school because of it. I don't agree at all with the fact that because other teams do it that it's okay for us to do or just because it's a football game we should lose all sense of respect.

Screaming your lungs out on the opponent's 3rd/4th downs. Cheering for sacks. Being dead silent when your team has the ball. Those make an impact on the game and I have never heard of anybody taking offense to any of that.

Again, I do think we have different opinions. I don't think it's hateful, but I also don't think it's as innocent as people are making it out to be.

804

Yes it's a competitive sport. We want that team to lose. And to hopefully lose badly. We boo them because we don't want them to move the ball. We want our team to win.

Do you honestly think we are the only fan base that boos people? We have been touted as one of the greatest fan bases and we've booed entrances of opposing teams all the time. People know it's in good fun.

How is booing hateful? If someone views booing at a sporting event as hateful or rude they have lived a super sheltered life. Professional or college doesn't matter.

Nobody is booing out of legit hate and malice towards the team. It's part of the environment. I agree, booing players that are down or whatever is wrong. But booing a team that is entering your stadium??? That's expected.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

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Nobody is booing out of legit hate and malice towards the team.

I think that's sometimes true, but not always. I've absolutely run across fans that didn't know how to draw this distinction.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with booing the opponent when they enter the stadium. That is part of being a fan in your home stadium. You aren't booing individual players or specific fans at the game. You're letting the opposition know that they're playing an away game.

I am not going to clap for the opponent when they enter the stadium. BS.

It's a game for sh!ts sake!

Boo the team when they come in the field (especially when they do it during our entrance). Don't boo players or injuries during the game.

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Booing refs is okay
Booing individual players if they have done something terrible on the field is okay (cheap shot, unsportsmanlike conduct, etc.)
Booing a team is pretty much never okay

Why would booing a team be okay? It seems like a lot of people think that's okay. Did a school do something to deserve that? Did all of the 18-21 year old kids that committed to a team deserve that? Do the water boys and athletic trainers for the team deserve that? I don't get it. Hokies Respect.

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Why is booing a team so offensive that it's never Okay? Seriously. Is this something that has become more offensive over time to some? and yeas those 18-21 year olds also cut block our players, deliver helmet to helmet hits, blind side our QB and people cheer for that.

As mentioned, I think booing individual players that do something wrong on the field is okay. Please give me an example of when the entire team and coaching staff should get booed.

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When they run on the field at the beginning of the game.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

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When that team plays on the road and runs out of the tunnel during enter sandman after embarrassing us last year. That is an exact situation when a whole team can get booed 10 minutes before they cut block our players knees and the world won't end or virgin ears won't be scared for life. There are other examples.

When UVA takes the field at a VT v UVA game.

Why would booing a team be okay? It seems like a lot of people think that's okay. Did a school do something to deserve that? Did all of the 18-21 year old kids that committed to a team deserve that? Do the water boys and athletic trainers for the team deserve that? I don't get it. Hokies Respect.

I grew up playing high school sports. I played for South. We wore blue and white. We were pretty awesome. We played against North and hated them. They wore orange and black. They sucked. We booed them whenever they ran on the field, show boated, tried to hype up the stands. They are the worst.

But that went away when we stepped off the field. I was friends with Gary and Sean and DK and Tyler. We played on the same club teams and rec teams. We hung out and had parties together and spent a lot of our time together.

That's what's cool about sports. There's a suspension of disbelief. There is nothing about kids who go to UVA that makes them inherently bad besides the fact they like UVA. I will still toss out a half hearted boo when they trot on to the field like I do with most ACC teams or teams like ODU or JMU who we have history with. Its part of the pageantry.

I think the important thing is to keep the sports and pageantry to the game. You bet your ass I booed WVU when they ran out but I chatted the entire game with some cool fans. We both cheered and booed, but we gave each other props afterwords when the other's team made a nice play.

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Leg for a good perspective. I can see where you are coming from, but I still don't think that it's necessary pageantry to boo a team when they come onto the field. It's not terrible, but if even a handful of the opponent's fans leave the game thinking less of Virginia Tech then I don't think it's worth it.

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but if even a handful of the opponent's fans leave the game thinking less of Virginia Tech then I don't think it's worth it.

Very fair as well. I just think a line needs to be drawn between reacting to the game as a home crowd, and being legitimately hateful. The old stories about booster busses getting attacked with WVU, Miami fans attacking Florida's band director, cussing out random visiting fans that are tailgating, those are the real issues. If you have the capacity to boo the opposing team, then still have a good hearted conversation with an opposing fan sitting in your row, you aren't the issue.

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When did people become so fragile that "booing" at a game of the opposing team entering the stadium is now taboo or too much for fragile egos.....what the hell is going on here. No one is doing it out of malice. go to any stadium and listen to the home fans boo the opposing team as they enter. It's what happens. It's part of the game. Holy crap.

Do people think the DBs and WR's aren't talking trash to each other??? "How dare they?! What have they done besides engage in a bit of gentlemanly sport!"

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This is my point of view. Agreed. Come on people. It's booing for pete's sake. Toughen up. Live in reality.

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What's the point of it?

You guys have already acknowledged that the other team probably isn't at all intimidated by it, and in fact might feed on it.

Why does it offend you?

Some people like it. Some people don't. Why the hell do we have a 170 comment thread that essentially boils down to "I like booing! and if you don't then you're soft" and "I don't like booing! and if you do you're mean". If i could i would boo all of yall right now.

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because it's part of the fun. It's all in jest. Do I actually think the opposing team cares about them getting booed running onto the field?? No. It's like 10 seconds of booing that people are getting all bent out of shape because they think it demeans the high class and demeanor of what the scholar and athlete should aspire to.....gimmie a break.

It's just fun. You don't have to boo. Nobody is criticizing people who don't boo. It's the non-booers who are saying the booers are mean and it degrades VT.

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I don't get where people decide it is wrong to boo the opposing team when they come onto the field. Freshman year, you learn to boo the visiting team on the field. I continue the tradition today. It is part of the experience of coming to play at our house. I guess everything has to be softer now, cuz feelings. I still boo the opposing team and will continue to do so. Helps keep opposing fans in check as well.

Booing injuries is not good. In fact, I clap when players are going off the field from injury.

I don't remember an agreement to that effect, but I agree with the idea that we should be classier than that. Booing the other team (unless it's a bitter rival) when they come onto the field is pretty tasteless, IMO. To do so for a foe like ODU, who's supposed to be several rungs below us on the CFB food chain shows them more respect than they deserve. If you want to show them they're unwelcome, I think either a loud Hokie cheer or active indifference works better. I don't think it would work in Lane, but I remember as a student, back in the day, we'd all just sit quietly in our seats pretending to read the Collegiate Times in Cassell when the opposing starting lineup was announced. I always found that pretty amusing.

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We've gone from discussing ACC Championship scenarios to full on debates about whether or not fans should Boo an opposing team when they run out onto the field.... times sure have changed around here..

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So, for some of the sports with lesser crowds, we didn't boo the opposing team, we turned around and put our backs to them in silence. Imagine thousands of people just turning around and ignoring the opposing football team as it entered the field...that would be amazing.

I can't recall any game I've attended (20+ years) where I haven't heard booing from fans when the opposing team runs on the field. BUT...since I have my pitchfork out, I'll say now is the time to debate this clearly tasteless and vicious act that doesn't deserve to be in sports! However, I do have very good hearing, and I believe those Boo's were actually "Koo's" in support of Kumah getting his degree from VT.

I honestly couldn't care less when fans boo the opposing team. I don't do it, but I just don't care...it's a part of the banter.

I do care when I see Hokies being dicks to fans of other teams. Don't do that.

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This guy sounds like one of the many lame fans who get annoyed at folks like myself who stand all game cheering for the Hokies. I'd boo him right in his ear for being boring.

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Dang, reading all these posts.....I have never once considered "booing" a team as disrespectful.

Booing is like the most G rated way to let the other team know you don't want them to succeed.

Booing when someone is/appears injured, I do not agree with.

We cheer when teams fail or there's a huge hit, wouldn't that be considered worse?

People be gettin' soft nowadays....

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