Another week, another picture of the stands featuring a lot of the opposing team's color.
There's a lot of red in M&T Bank Stadium for Chiefs and Ravens today. pic.twitter.com/miQm4iXWlj— Sean Grogan (@Sean_CecilWhig) December 20, 2015
If you had those tickets and you sold them to the opposing fans, you are a traitor and not a real fan of this team. I'll go so far as to say that you should just root for another team permanently because of it.
I know that the season is effectively over for the Ravens as they have been eliminated from the playoffs finally. We all knew the season was over quite a while ago though, but we stuck through it all to see if maybe they could pull it out against all odds. With the stadium being taken over for the second straight week, it just highlights how ridiculous the Ravens "fanbase" is.
I've seen fans on social media and in person talking crap about their team. Questioning effort of every player at all times, talking about firing every coach and player to just starting from scratch, to calling anyone that dares think the team isn't that terrible a stooge of the organization getting money to try and pump people up. That is borderline crazy talk, like actual hospitalization type of conspiracy theory stuff.
Fans don't seem to understand that this team has dealt with the most injuries in the NFL by far. With 19 players on injured reserve right now, the team that started the season isn't the one we are seeing on the field in weeks 14 and 15. Just take a look at this photo circulating to illustrate that point. (Green dots are players on injured reserve or cut)
It's tough watching your team not do well. We could go ask Cleveland Browns fans, Tennessee Titans or Jacksonville Jaguars fans about that. I personally think it is a little more painful when you have a team that was expected to be so good turn into the team we've seen this season, so I can understand the frustration that comes with a 4-10 season. Yet, unlike the Ravens, who continue to fight each week to get better and do better, Ravens fans are being fickle and not supporting a team that is really trying.
It's been just a single season of disappointment. The 2014 season saw the team go into the playoffs, beat a Pittsburgh Steelers team that looked good up until that point, and hold the lead against the New England Patriots, the eventual Super Bowl winner. Hell, it wasn't too long ago that this team won a Super Bowl. The fact that fans could go from sitting outside in the cold for a parade to selling their tickets because the team isn't winning is incredible to me.
Maybe it's because I don't get to go to every game that I'd cherish going to see my team play. Maybe it's because up until the last two weeks, every game has come down to the final drive and has been a great football game that I just can't understand how supposed Ravens fans would get rid of their tickets so quickly. Regardless, I can't see why any self proclaimed fan would sell their ticket to an opposing fan.
You could claim it's because those fans are willing to pay more for your ticket and that would hold some weight, but by selling your seat in the first place, you are admitting that you've already lost the money. By allowing an opposing fan to sit in your seat or just not showing up at all, you are actively sabotaging this team. It's turning home field advantage into false start penalties and lackluster morale because of cheers for another team's scores.
At the end of the day, if you have tickets and you are selling them to another fanbase, you don't deserve a winning team. You aren't a fan of my Baltimore Ravens and I don't want you in those seats when the team is winning.