Texas Tech fans, I’ve never been more simultaneously proud and ashamed of you.
I’m proud because we rocked Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Christian made a lot of mistakes on the field and I’m certain that more than a few were a direct result of the deafening cheers that pervaded our stadium.
I’m ashamed because people still think it’s cool to butcher our fight song with profanity because someone thought it was cool to tear apart our own stadium; because someone thought it would be funny to throw things onto the field at the opposing team. Most of all, however, I’m ashamed that fans of the opposing team actually feared for the safety of their children because of how rude and violent Tech “fans” were.
It’s a football game. Read that again. A game.
Yeah, I know it can get rowdy. I was a little pumped up, too. I “politely informed” the refs what I thought of their officiating, helpfully “suggested” to a few Horned Frogs that they practice a bit more because they weren’t performing well and, perhaps worst of all, was caught doing the Cupid Shuffle on Raidervision.
Let me tell you what I didn’t do.
I did not act openly hostile toward anyone in purple. They were just people who simply wanted to travel to Lubbock to see their team play. I did not threaten nearby Horned Frogs, I did not try to pick a fight, and I did not abuse another person because they weren’t cheering for the same team I was.
Lubbock is a wonderful town and there’s simply no place in the world like the Jones, but I guarantee every Horned Frog in attendance Thursday will never want to come here again because of the way they were treated and that’s pathetic. There’s no reason for anyone visiting the Jones to feel threatened or unsafe and it’s absolutely abhorrent my cousin was afraid of her elementary school-aged son being hurt by fighting, abusive and disrespectful fans.
Get it together, Raiderland. You can be a good, respectful fan base and still rock the Jones. You can get loud on a third down without tearing up a bleacher. You can celebrate a score without disgracing the countless Red Raiders who came before you, are there with you and will come after you by defaming our own fight song.
You can intimidate the opposing team with the raucous thunder of “Raider Power” while welcoming the opposing fans into one of the most beautiful, exciting and enthusiastic stadiums in all of college sports. I expect more of Red Raiders.
Also, there should be no more of this rushing the field after beating the No. 24 ranked team. Seriously, guys?