Grassroots Unrest Spreads to the NFL
The “political arena” isn’t the only place where the grassroots are ticked off and ready to show it. Fans of both the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins are planning on making a public statement about the sorry state of their teams. In Cleveland:
Lifelong Browns fan and season-ticket holder Mike Randall, aka “Dawg Pound Mike,” is encouraging other Cleveland fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff of the Browns’ Nov. 16 home game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Sickened by the nearly constant losing since the NFL team’s return in 1999, Randall hopes the sight of empty seats for the start of the nationally televised Monday night game will send a loud message to Browns owner Randy Lerner and other club officials that fans have had enough.
“We’re tired of losing,” said Randall, 39. “We’re tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can’t take it anymore. So many fans are fed up.”
In Washington, D.C.:
Daniel Snyder wants to ban signs at FedEx Field? Then let’s turn the stadium itself into a sign he can’t ban.
Everyone sitting in the designated upper-level sections for the Washington vs Denver game (Nov. 15th at FedEx field) can be part of a giant “FIRE SNYDER” sign just by wearing the color designated for their seat.
These are more examples of how technology is helping average folks organize around an issue in hopes of making a statement. Sports and society do indeed mirror each other.