Arian Foster shared a few thoughts after practice today about fan support at Reliant.
When asked about how much fan support helps, Foster said:
“It helps a whole bunch. I’m a strong believer in energy. And when everybody’s energy is focused on one thing towards a positive thing, you can feel that. And you can also feel the opposite, when everybody is booing.”
"We have some good fans here in Houston and they were booing us last home game, but I forgive them,” Foster added.
Yes, this is one of the oldest no-win debates in the history of sport, and yes I went there, but every once in a while I feel compelled to second Foster's emotion on the negative energy thing.
And yes I know Mr. Boo. You paid for your ticket and you can do whatever you want. It's part of sport. You actually can't wait to get out there Saturday and cut loose because it's your only way to demonstrate your frustration to Bob McNair about your 12-4 team that blew a golden opportunity here at the end of the season.
Actually it's not the only way but hey, you're on a roll, so who am I to stand in your way.
I just think it's counterproductive for exactly the reasons stated by Foster. That's why I don't boo the home team (my choice) even though I'm just as (or more) pissed off as the rest of you right now and quite possibly again on Saturday afternoon.
And no, I'm not part of the problem because I mindlessly renew my season tickets every year and settle for a mediocre product. That would be dead wrong on both counts.
There are other ways to communicate displeasure with the product. Save it for the talk shows or contact the team directly. I'm pretty sure Bob McNair genuinely cares what fans have to say and is keenly aware of the buzz around the city. Heck, don't renew your tickets (if you paid for them) or stop going to games if it's that painful.
At any rate, giving the opponent a lift by booing the home team strikes me as non-smart and non-productive.
Non-smart in the context of starting the wave when the Texans have the ball.
Non-productive in the sense that it's not like the home team doesn't already feel like crap because they're not having a good day.
Let's hope we have one on Saturday.