From Bad to Worse: Psychotic Fans Torment Matt Schaub at His Home
On the Houston sports landscape, there exists a rarified stratum of supreme Houston "sports hate" which has been reserved over the years for the likes of Derek Bell, Matt Maloney and David Carr. In more recent years, you can add Carlos Lee, Kevin Martin and Tracy McGrady to the list as well.
Getting out of hand.
Whether because of chronic underperformance, coming up short in big moments, or bloated paychecks from bad contracts (or a combination of all three), guys on this list are firmly entrenched with virtually no chance for parole.
The newest addition to the group over the past four weeks (or longer) had been Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, whose four consecutive games with a pick six interception thrown has been a simultaneous wet blanket on his team's season and trigger mechanism for sports talk radio fireworks.
Ironically, on Tuesday night, Schaub may have sympathetically found a way to get off the "Houston sports hate" list, at least for one night, and it was through nothing that happened on a field of play.
As reported first by Fred Davis of SportsRadio 610, there were Texans fans last night who crossed the line:
A source close to law enforcement told The Fred and Ted Show late Tuesday evening that Houston Police were contacted by the NFL after fans approached Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at his home and berated him for his recent poor play.
No arrests were made.
"A fan went to his house and told him off," said the source, adding that another person "took pictures of his family," which were allegedly posted on Facebook. Fortunately, neither Schaub nor anyone in his family was hurt.
The irate fans left on their own accord before police could respond, and it's believed Schaub and the Texans contacted NFL Security which asked for assistance from the Houston Police Department after the incident, according to the source.
Schaub has been under intense scrutiny following the team's disastrous 2-3 start which has included the much maligned quarterback throwing a Pick-Six interception in an NFL-record four consecutive games. The Texans return home to Reliant Sunday at noon when they welcome the St. Louis Rams to town.
I think it's important here to point out that "sports hate" is (or at least should be) separate and different from actual hate. You can "sports hate" opponents, and you can "sports hate" athletes who ruin your weekends. It's part of being a fan. Some fans choose to "sports hate," some don't, but I don't have a problem with either approach. One is probably healthier than the other, for what it's worth, but whatever.
It's when you get the rabid psychopath "fans" (quotes totally intentional) like these who can't separate the games from their own lives, who construe their "sports hate" as a reason to burn jerseys or harass athletes, that the concept of "hate" turns into something much more real and inexcusable.