“I think West Virginia fans are so fair-weather every once in a while it’s ridiculous. I know that from personal experience,” McAfee said last week. “We have some great fans. I just wish all of them were like that.
Before you begin to personally attack McAfee for stating the truth, you should remember all the barbs you have thrown in past few months. The comments have not be pleasant and were sometimes down right personally mean spirited. If you are going to be a critic, you should be prepared to take it too.
To those that think the booing and criticism goes unnoticed and does not negatively effect the team, look closely at what McAfee says and reconsider your opinion. We, as fans, are able to help or hurt our football team by our support or lack thereof.
“Whenever we’d lose a game, all you heard was all the negative stuff, people attacking our coaching staff,” McAfee said. “It’s all the things you notice after your eyes are opened to it.”
These players put their heart and soul on the line for us every game. Do they get praise in return? Most of the time, hell no. Instead, they get verbally beaten down or physically threatened if the make one small misstep.
We need to acknowledge the things these players do right in a game, before we unfairly focus all our attention on the negatives.
“I guess every city has that, but it’s pretty sad because we’ve got a good thing going here and I think in the future it’s going to be a really good thing. I wish they’d stick by our side instead of falling off and coming back on. I think this year showed … I mean, we couldn’t even sell out this place on senior night. And fans leaving at halftime? I really wish they were more dedicated.”
Sure, it was cold on Senior Night but the last two Pitt games at Mountaineer Field Field were much colder and we sold that shit out. I am not even going to get started on leaving at halftime because that shows total lack of respect and dedication to this team.
Many of you talk about how we are a “big time” program. How we are a Top 10 program. Well, “big time” programs have extremely dedicated fans that show up no matter what. Some WVU fans talk about how the football team has been so terrible this year. Well, guess what? So have many of you. (Me included)
“Be patient and be a fan, not an armchair quarterback. You’re not a coach. You don’t know football as well as these guys do. So just sit back, relax and enjoy the game. I think if they start winning everybody will be back on their side. And I think it’s only a matter of time before this coaching staff does something special.”
We sit here and talk about “our perspective” of how things inside the program are going. Well, here is someone with an inside perspective and he sees great things in the future from this coaching staff. The 2009 season begins in Charlotte and it will be a WVU victory.
STANDING OVATION FOR PAT MCAFEE
[SOURCE: Dave Hickman WV Gazette]