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Lubbock Media Continues Time Honored Tradition of Hating Texas Tech Students and Fans

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Each Texas Tech Football season there is a time honored tradition among Lubbock media to proclaim one of their core doctrines over the airways and in print.

That tradition is Red Raider fans and students are the worst people on the face of the planet.

The frequency of stories like this each season reminds me of the annual Time Magazine article asking if Jesus was real around the time Easter.

This time it was Dan Jackson of KCBD-TV devoted his weekly video commentary, Consider This, to the student section in Jones AT&T Stadium and their behavior.

Jackson said in his commentary,

 “Roughly half the entire student enrollment showed up for last week’s game against TCU. That’s a good thing.

What’s not good is how a few of them continue to contribute to the negative reputation of them all.

What I saw last week was inexcusable. Students throwing water bottles at the opposing team’s cheerleaders, yelling obscenities at the opposing players, coaches, fans, and just flat out acting classless and ignorant.

Make no mistake, it’s a problem. Now, as I said, it’s not all of them, but it’s enough of them to warrant some action.”

Jackson goes on to urge the Administration at Texas Tech to take a no tolerance policy towards the students and beef up security around the section to remove the bad apples.

The Daily Toreador, the school newspaper at Texas Tech, jumped into the fray as well with comments from Student Senator Cord Scorgie.

Scorgie said in his speech at the latest SGA meeting,

“During the TCU game all the fans were participating which was exciting to see, but on the other hand there was a lot of unruly and, I’d say, disgraceful behavior from the fans at that game.”

The DT reported in the story that Scorgie’s cousin sat in TCU’s section during the game last week and felt afraid for her 12-year old son because of the behavior from Red Raider fans.

These sanctimonious stories come out each season about the students and fans and frankly it’s a tired and old act.

I don’t like the changing of the fight song with curse words, but every college football game I have gone to outside of Lubbock I have witnessed similar behavior and worse.

The peace loving hippies at Colorado in Boulder pelted opposing fans with batteries, Razorback fans in Fayetteville, Arkansas earned the city its nickname of “Fayette-Nam” for their behavior in the, and let us not forget the Texas Longhorn fans and throwing Orange slice candies at opposing fans.

The folks who want people to show up at the games but act like they’re in a church will always find something to complain about with younger people at the games.

Nobody is forcing people to attend these games and if they really felt in danger then I’m sure one of the several Texas Tech Police officers roaming the stadium will gladly take care of the situation.

If it’s not the fight song, it will be lack of people showing up to the games, new uniforms that Texas Tech will wear this season, or that the new video board at the stadium is too big.

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