In the wake of the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s stunning loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, Alabama kicker Cade Foster has unfortunately been inundated with hate-filled threats* (some of which were compiled by Deadspin). Foster missed two field goal attempts in the game and had his third attempt blocked.
Quarterback AJ McCarron spoke in defense of his kicker after the game, saying it’s unfair of fans to try and pin the loss entirely on Foster:
I told him, ‘Hold your head high.’ It’s one loss. We still have a chance to play for a BCS bowl game.
Cade’s a great kid. It wasn’t all his fault. Other people struggled. I love him to death and I have all the confidence in him in the world that he could go out there right now and make the kicks. The one thing about him is he needs to keep his head high and be proud.
Like I said, football is just a game. It’s not life. Times like this people need to realize the sun’s going to rise tomorrow (ESPN).
What the hell, McCarron? You seriously want fans to have mature and measured responses that are emotionally appropriate and don’t come across as psychotic lunacy? Don’t you know that football is a life or death endeavor, especially for those of us sitting safely in the stands? Shame on you!
*(In no way is this meant to suggest that all or even most Alabama fans reacted inappropriately. In fact, there has also been an outpouring of positivity and encouragement on the “Bama fans supporting Cade Foster” Facebook page.)