Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Oct 2005

Maddox Doesn't Deserve Vicious Fan Abuse

I was at the Steelers - Jags game last week, and it was certainly painful to watch Maddox try and complete a pass. But at some point you have to let it go ... unless you're Robert DeNiro in The Fan, and then you just kidnap your favorite professional athlete. But for everybody else who took Maddox's performance as a personal affront and were so ill they had to miss work on Monday, I might suggest you find a hobby. Like stamp collecting, or long nature walks -- anything to help you calm down.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 20 Oct 2005

34 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 3:11pm by Rashean THE MACHINE Mathis

Comments

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by lk6 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 10:18am

Unfortunately, that's very common here in Brazil. (regarding soccer players)

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by Adam H. (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 10:27am

Hey Steeler Fans it could be worse, remember Neil O'Donnel. I was dating a Pittsburg fan when he was a Bengal and did that fake spike for a touchdown against the Steelers to win. I thought her head was gonna explode. Never before or since did I hear her cuss like that.

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by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 10:38am

Seems kinda obvious, but nobody deserves to have their home vandalized over a football performance. And I can't think of any situation (even involving criminal behavior) where hassling somebody's kids would be justified.

Of course, kids hassle each other for all kinds of stupid reasons.

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 10:55am

Turnover Tommy still has a long ways to go before he reaches the level of abuse suffered by Mark Malone

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by MdM (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 11:20am

Was it just a short 5 weeks ago that everyone was trying to trade for Maddox and people were talking about what a luxury that the Steelers had such a great backup quarterback--as good as a starter? Is this what one bad game, coming off an injury, will do to your reputation. Not For Long league, indeed....

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by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 11:26am

It's too bad that some people have a tenuous grasp on what really counts. I think Maddox stunk up the joint and he really didn't take enough responsibility. Defacing his house and harassing his kids is just ridiculous. Maddox owes the fans an apology for his play, and we owe him one for our actions off the field.

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by TMK (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 11:41am

Wow. This goes beyond the pale, guys. What kind of cowards go after the guy's kids? Between this stuff and the Philly legends, is it something in the water in Pennsylvania? Something repressed by all that historical Quaker tolerance, or what?

I almost understand how Joe Gilliam lost it all now; if he had to deal with all this crap, plus being one of the first black starting QB's, no wonder he snapped. Did they do this sort of junk to Bradshaw and all, too?

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by MDS (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 11:56am

Wait a minute. Joe Starkey, the Cal radio announcer famous for "oh, the band is out on the field!" is now a newspaper columnist in Pittsburgh? Why did he make that switch?

Obviously, fans are completely out of line to go after Maddox personally, although it sounds like what his kids heard was pretty much the garden-variety crap that every kid has to hear at school from time to time.

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by Vash (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 11:56am

Maddox has now become the final proof that the Steelers have created a voodoo ritual that makes really bad quarterbacks play well for one year.
Remember Kordell Stewart? Now we have Maddox to match him.

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by steelershomer (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:07pm

The way I read the article, there are no "cowards who go after the guy's kids", just the other kids on the school bus who are pissed off, like the whole rest of the city.

Throwing stuff into Maddox's yard is creepy and out of line. Unless it was fans personally returning their Maddox jerseys. I can see that.

I had hopes he would ease gently into a coaching position. If only he'd said, after the game, "this is the worst day of my life, I completely threw the game away that my teammates had won," everything would be fine. Instead he kinda sounded like he was blaming high winds for his fumbling away the snap from center. Hey, it was a tough loss, even Jerome slightly lost his aplomb. But, what's said is said.

And yeah, Bradshaw was booed at the end of his career. I mean, he only won four Super Bowls. What's your point?

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by real fred eddelstein (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:31pm

More proof that Maddux is a wuss. He kids are "getting picked on"? They must not be tough kids. His house is being defiled? I can think of some athletes who had stuff done to their home who didn't stand for that nonsense and you won't hear about it again. Sean Taylor and Bill Russell come to mind.

Maddux is a wuss. He can't stand up for himself. That's why he sucks as a quarterback.

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by Parker (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:49pm

I don't have a problem with fans booing during the game, though this sounds like it's gone way past that.

Yankee fans booed Randy Johnson this year during the playoffs because he was stinking up the joint. Good for you, Yankee fans. During the same game they also cheered Bernie Williams going 0 for 4 because they recognized that it was likely his last game in New York.

I think booing poor play is 100% appropriate.

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by steelershomer (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:54pm

More proof that Maddux is a wuss.

No, not a wuss, just a guy who was as surprised as everybody else to see his future career prospects evaporate on national television. The NFL prepares you real well for physical pain, but not so well for the other kind of pain.

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 1:15pm

he kinda sounded like he was blaming high winds for his fumbling away the snap from center.

would that be like losing a ground ball in the sun?

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by Steve Zielinski (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 1:47pm

"Maddox owes the fans an apology for his play, and we owe him one for our actions off the field."

"If only he’d said, after the game, “this is the worst day of my life, I completely threw the game away that my teammates had won,� everything would be fine."

I'm unsure why having a bad game requires an act of contrition. So far as any one knows, Maddox gave his best effort. That's all anyone can reasonably ask of him. It’s football, not war- and peace-making.

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by Steeler fan psychology 101 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 1:59pm

Let's not get carried away--we're not talking about anything approaching Colombian goalies or any of the stuff that's happened in Europe. You have to know what you're getting when you sign on with the Steelers: utter devotion, backed by utter disappointment if you don't deliver. That's why I'd go with home-schooling. I think it's a combination of the fact that we (Steelers fans) are fucking Deer Hunter passionate about them, and that we've had about 25 years of good-to-great teams that were derailed solely, and spectacularly, by QBs who couldn't come through when it mattered (O'Donnell's single-handed delivery of the championship to the Cowboys, followed by several Kordell playoff disasters). When we saw the same thing happening to Ben in the postseason last year, the response was a weird combination of "OK, he's just a rookie" (probably the reasonable response) and "here we go again." I think most of us still think he'll be great, but we thought the same thing after Kordell's first postseason.

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by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 2:10pm

I'm sure Maddox would have played fine if it hadn't been for that darn wind blowing in off the lake.

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by Drew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 2:21pm

Re: #11

Maddux may be a sucky QB, but he's a hall-of-fame pitcher. It's all about putting people in a position to excel.

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by Dean (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 3:20pm

I don't ever want to hear another comment about how bad Eagles fans are again. If this had been Philly, this would be a nationwide headline in 48 point font, above the marquee, and all the talking heads would be screaming about how horrible Philly fans are.

Do we boo? D@mn right we do. We express ourselves more passionately then any sportsfans in the country.

But we've got more class then to pick on a guys kids.

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by MAW (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:08pm

19: You mean, like the time "we" egged Mitch Williams's house in '93?

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by Vash (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:11pm

His last name is Maddox. MaddOx. MADDOX.

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by steelershomer (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:39pm

QBs who couldn’t come through when it mattered (O’Donnell’s single-handed delivery of the championship to the Cowboys,

If any one player has to be singled out fo losing that game, and I don't think one does, it's Mark Bruener. All I remember about that game is Charles Haley running past him like he wasn't there, and decking Neil, over and over again.

But the 5 wides offense isn't used any more because the QBs inevitably go squirrely even without Charles Haley rushing the passer. Live and learn.

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by Drew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:42pm

Re: #21

That's what I was getting at in #18. Maybe I was too subtle.

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by Vlad (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 5:44pm

"We express ourselves more passionately then any sportsfans in the country."

Particularly when you're booing Santa Claus.

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by Murr (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:11pm

Re: #24

Particularly when you’re booing Santa Claus.

Santa Claus was drunk.

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by Carl (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:27pm

Click on my name for the oddest sports-related crime story I've read in awhile.

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by Adam (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 6:32pm

Maddox's wife was just on local news and she said that all of these reports are for the most part, false.

She said she found a few small pieces of garbage in the front yard but thats it.

Sounds like someone just looking for a story.

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by Paul (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 7:35pm

If only he’d said, after the game, “this is the worst day of my life, I completely threw the game away that my teammates had won,� everything would be fine.
There's no way Maddox could have said that. The day he was carted off the field paralyzed has to be the worst day of his life.

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by Carl (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 7:49pm

"Sounds like someone just looking for a story."

The story came from his agent. Obviously, that's what Maddox told him.

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by Adam (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2005 - 8:31pm

Well his wife says nothings happened. Sooooooo.......

Somethings not adding up.

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by Erasmus (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 12:19pm

I did not watch the game, so correct me if I am wrong, but was it entirely Tommy's fault that the team lost? The running game and penalties put the team in long-yardage situations (3rd and 14, 3rd and 27 that led to his picks.) Though he did make some stupid decisions with 2 of those picks.

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by Rashean "Machine" Mathis (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 3:00pm

I really don't understand this, he actually throws a VERY catchable LOB..

Signed.... "The SQUEELR Silencer"

What's that sound...shhhh......right nothing!!

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by ChrisS (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 3:07pm

Re: #26
There was an item about that in the Detroit Freep that added 'good thing his favorite player wasn't Gretzky'

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by Rashean THE MACHINE Mathis (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 3:11pm

Shame on Tommy for not helping out on that pathetic Run "D".

Two Words: Greg Jones