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49ers fans write letter to complain about the loudness of Seahawks fans (pic)

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Not only did the Seattle Seahawks throttle divisional rival San Francisco 49ers by a score of 29-3 on Sunday, the team’s passionate fans, referred to as the “12th Man,” that pack CenturyLink Field also broke the world record for crowd noise.

Seahawks fans reached a noise level of 131.9 decibels, breaking the previous Guinness World Record of 131.7 decibels that was reached at a soccer match in Turkey a few years ago.

Apparently, such boisterous and vocal support peeved a couple of 49ers fans to no end. To express their dismay and disgust with how Seahawks fans routinely commit such an over-the-top demonstration of unwavering team spirit, the duo penned a scathing letter to the editor that was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday.

Via reddit:


The text, as transcribed by Deadspin:

Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?

It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.

At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.

Appalling, indeed. The nerve of people, right? Cheering loudly and stuff at football games. Where does it end? A new rule should be implemented by the NFL that would make all teams, the Seahawks in this case, responsible for controlling the vocalizations of 67,000 excited fans and if the team cannot on three occasions, lay the hammer down: No more home games for the team.

Nope, there are absolutely no logistical or practical issues with that proposal, not to mention that, you know, it is profoundly idiotic. What do these two think NFL games are? School assemblies?

Bravo, Ms. Spellman and Mr. Schiller. These are the kind of folks who get offended when people stand up at concerts and sporting events. Actually, on second thought, these are probably the kind of people who are offended by pretty much everything.