LBS- The Vikings committed four false starts in Sunday night’s game against the Packers, with the offensive line responsible for three of them. Guard Alex Boone said the fans were simply too loud and made things difficult, even when the home team was on offense.
“It’s loud, for some reason, in the stadium,” Boone said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN. “There’s a lot of times where we can’t hear the center. We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going. I’m not saying it’s the fans’ fault, but I’m just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f— up a little bit.”
Should a player ever tell the people paying ungodly amounts of money to watch him come play football to "shut the fuck up a little bit"? Probably not. I would imagine that restraining yourself from doing so is the best way to stay on the right side of safe/sorry. That said, if there was going to be a circumstance when it was socially acceptable to give your fans the old 'STFU' it would be the moments following a stadium christening win over a heated rival. I mean, sometimes it's those people you appreciate the most that are in the greatest need of being abruptly silenced, but it's all about making sure you pick the right time to stick the proverbial sock in their collective mouth. There isn't a Vikings fan in the world that is critical of Alex Boone's words, and the truth is - there is none that should be. Not only because their team won a game over one of the best quarterbacks in the league with a quarterback that they picked up two weeks ago, because but they did so despite having a group of supporters that were too goddamn loud when they were trying to put points on the board.
It's still one of the most perplexing conundrums in all of sports. People sacrificing their time and money to venture out to stadiums without understanding the concept of keeping those stadiums relatively quiet when their offense is trying to operate. Fans that are supposedly fully invested in the result of the game compromising that result with their undying inability to be fucking silent. Doesn't make a lick of sense to me, or -apparently - Alex Boone. How publicly intoxicated does one have to be to forget that noise isn't always a good thing? I would have thought that the players desperately waving for their home fans to tone it down would have been enough of a reminder, but I guess I was wrong since a member of the winning team was adamant enough to use expletives to get his point across.