I grew up in southeastern Missouri, which is basically half way between Ole Miss and Mizzou. I (obviously) chose to go to Ole Miss and attended the university from '05 to '09. Unsurprisingly, with the allure of Eli Manning still shining brightly in Oxford, I was incredibly excited about the prospects of Ole Miss football when I made the decision in the fall of '04 to attend Ole Miss. I remember sitting in the office of the dean of the business school during a junior visit-day, with the "We never lose a party" banner hanging behind her desk and her telling me how excited they were for Michael Spurlock to take over…. and the next few years are history.
When the home-and-home series with Mizzou was announced, I was pumped. I knew plenty of Mizzou students, and relished the opportunity to have Ole Miss beat Mizzou and settle some of the hypothetical arguments I had had with high school friends. I traveled to Mizzou in '06 and watched us lose that game (as well as many others that year). So when the 2007 home game rolled around, I was hoping for revenge.
Which brings me to the point of this post. The halftime score of that game was Mizzou 28, Ole Miss 7. I was sitting right above the tunnel where our team exited for halftime. My current fiancé was next to me (we had been dating for about a month or two at the time). And…. I booed. I booed a lot. I was not only pissed at the way our team played during that half, but pissed about the way we played against Mizzou the previous year and against pretty much every team in between. A few people seated near me said I was wrong to boo. I disagreed. I paid money (for the game and tuition), I took the time to go, I traveled to away games, I cheered my face off whenever the team played well, and… being an emotionally-invested student/fan, I booed when the team was not putting forth an effort that was even remotely respectable.
Was I wrong? I live in Cincinnati now, and this is a hot sports topic hear because some Bengals players were unhappy when the team was booed when going down 13-0 to the Browns this past Sunday (before putting up 31 points in the 2nd quarter). What do you think? If you're a fan, and assuming you aren't being a complete jerk with profanity, etc., can you boo? Should you boo? Let me know your thoughts.