Letters to the editor

In response ‘Rude fans are disgrace to Hurricanes’

[Jim] Sasso is a flag-waving ‘Canes fan who is worried about how we treat the opposing fans. Our “guests.”

First off, Mr. Sasso didn’t even attend the game. He was “told” from some “nephew” about the actions of the hometown fans. I’m sorry Mr. Sasso, but if getting called “faggies” is the worst thing that happened to your maroon-clad family members, then they got off easy.

Opposing fans are not our “guests.” They should know [that] by purchasing tickets for a road game, they will get ridiculed, taunted and maybe even punched. Hell, I know the stories from Death Valley in Baton Rouge. The opposing student section is surrounded by the Tigers’ student section. This is where Gator, Vol and even Commodore students will get pelted regularly by beer cups, plastic bottles and batteries. This is all part of the home-field advantage. To make your opposing fans never want to step foot in your stadium again. More space for the home crowd.

Jim Sasso, the taunts might have been sophomoric, and there’s no accounting for taste, but the Hurricane fans were doing what any fan in America does. Hey, at least they didn’t attack your nephew’s scrotum. And that guy was a church deacon. Think of the decorum for drunken OU students.

Mr. Sasso, before you call your fellow Hurricane fans “rude,” maybe you should join us in a little thing we like to call “attending the football game.” You might find it fun, and hey, you can be as rude as you please. It’s your house, and there are some Seminoles trespassing.

-Brody Logan
Class of ’06

Jim Sasson [sic] needs to grow some thicker skin. I’d like to know what this “taunting” and “harassing” really was if the only thing he mentioned was a “f the faggies” chant. If Miami fans actually did something worse, I assume he’d have made mention with it. If the worst thing that happened was some verbal ribbing, then he needs to relax. It’s a football game and some fans were talking trash. Deal with it.

I’ve had much worse experiences wearing Miami gear into Tallahasse, Gainesville and especially the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, where Miami fans we’re outnumbered 5 to 1 by classless Buckeyes.

Sasso’s nephew needs to stay home and watch the game on TV if he doesn’t expect some trash talking at a big time game. This is Miami. It’s not a rah-rah college town. It’s a big city and Canes fans on Saturdays (or Thursdays) are the same folk you see at a Dolphins game on Sunday. It’s an NFL type crowd in a big time city – not a podunk college town full of military and college students.

Posted Oct. 8, 2007

First, i should state that I have been a Hurricanes fan since 1979, long before “the U” became famous and infamous… and I am a fan of many other teams as well, mostly “good guy” teams…

While I concur with Jim Sasso’s opinion, I would like to excuse most Cane fans by clarifying that the increasingly “third world” community of South Florida nowadays consists of a large number of obnoxiously rude low-lifes, who conduct themselves in this type of unneeded behavior…

However, I can sympathize to some extent with “Canes305”, in that much of our increasingly third world america and its sports fan base have become infested with a similar lowly attitude – try going to a Notre Dame game if you think Sofla is so terrible, they invented not only arrogantly rude behavior but they also stoop to the ultimate hypocrisy of portraying themselves as “goody two shoes” while depicting everyone else as criminals and trash.

-James Burton
Posted Oct. 9, 2007

In response ‘Touring campus: Walking Contradiction’ editorial

The staff editorial is usually my favorite part of the paper to read. I find your collective comments to be poignant and relevant. This column, however, was disappointing. The campus tours are an essential way to recruit high-achieving students to UM, an important factor in our goal to be a “new Ivy.” Yes, the towers might be overcrowded, but living in the cramped quarters is part of the unique freshman experience. It builds community and friendships that often last throughout a student’s four years. Yes, we have a crocodile living in our lake, but that does not mean our campus is unsafe. The crocodile has not once posed a serious threat to any student. Yes, we serve alcohol on campus. And yes, members of the Greek community choose to imbibe at the Rat. But many non-Greek students do as well. And most of them are not underage. And you have chosen to completely leave out the alcohol education programs that UM offers and requires.

This editorial is nitpicking and distorting a few less than ideal things that we deal with at UM. One of the greatest things about UM is that those guys who drink beer in the middle of the day will then raise thousands of dollars for various philanthropies throughout the year. And those girls who are laying out in the sun on the IM fields are slaving over organic chemistry problems or reading 20th century British literature. No school is perfect, but UM is improving; no one can dispute that. Disparaging pieces of journalism that generalize our diverse student body, our greatest asset, do not help.

-“A Disappointed Reader”