Being a Pittsburgh fan, I had the unfortunate experience of sitting in a section of Heinz Field at the Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh game yesterday virtually surrounded by VT fans. I say unfortunate because, a few years ago, I had a similar experience sitting in a section of Heinz field surrounded by West Virginia fans.
The WVU fans were potty-mouthed, ignorant and obnoxious from pre-game until the final whistle.
Saturday, I found the VT fans to be just as loud and just as enthusiastic as the WVU fans, but what a difference.
Just as one simple example, when the Pitt dance team took the field during a break in the game, I observed several Tech fans dancing along with the music. Conversely, when the dance team took the field in the WVU game, I heard shouts of “get off the field you F-ing whores.”
I was especially touched when a soldier from Pittsburgh was introduced and a presentation was made to him from the Wounded Warrior project. The Tech fans stood and applauded this patriot right along with the Pitt fans in order to honor his service to his country. In the WVU game it was senior night, and the parents of the Pitt seniors were announced, to which the WVU crowd yelled comments such as “I can’t believe you even gave birth to that F-ing bastard.”
I know yesterday’s game wasn’t the result Tech fans had hoped for, but I wanted to thank the fans for restoring my opinion of the opposing teams' college football fans. I certainly hope Pitt fans act the way you did when they attend out of town stadiums rather than behave like the WVU fans.
Keep up the cheering and enthusiasm for your team. That is what college football and all sports should be about.