An Athlete's Mistake Never Gives Fans The Right To Make Death Threats, Period

An Athlete's Mistake Never Gives Fans The Right To Make Death Threats, Period

Professional athletes are people, too.

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Everyone in the United States, or at least the Midwest, knows what happened to the Chicago Bears last night. Cody Parkey, our kicker, missed a field goal in the last three seconds of the Wild Card game against the Eagles, causing the Bears to lose by one point and end our playoff run.

I don't usually write about sports even though my Sundays are often devoted to football. While others dress up in their Sunday best, I pull on my Mitch Trubisky for game day. God is a Bears fan, after all. But after witnessing the reaction throughout social media to our big loss, I knew that my lack of sports writing would come to an end.

After Parkey was quite literally booed off of Soldier Field, Bears fans took to social media to knock Parkey ruthlessly. People began sending Parkey death threats, saying he should kill himself and recording videos of themselves ranting and cursing at the kicker. Twitter became a flurry of angry fans and memes.

Parkey eventually shut off his Instagram comments after receiving multiple death threats.

Not only as a Bears fan, but as a sports fan in general, I am so disappointed. Yes, big games that raise the stakes are tough when your team loses, but nothing gives you the right to drag an athlete to the point of sending them death threats and telling them to commit suicide.

Pro-athletes have the whole world watching them and millions of dollars riding on them. Think your job is stressful? Think again. They are idols to many, but they are also human. I can't even imagine being Parkey right now, knowing that you let down your city to the point where they wish you were dead. And guess what? It was determined that Parkey's kick was tipped by an Eagle's player, which threw off its trajectory.

Professional athletes put everything on the line for their teams and deserve the basic respect that anyone else deserves. Telling someone to go kill themselves over losing a game is not only wrong, but just goes to show how downright pathetic Americans can be over sports.

Chicago fans showed their worst and most classless side last night and it is truly embarrassing. The NFL may basically own a day of the week, but no one's life, dignity or respect is worth a W on the field.

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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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What It's Like To Be A Boston Sports Fan In 2019

Winning twelve championships between four sports since the year 2000, it's truly hard not to respect greatness. It's not only the talent that attracts the attention. Boston sports fans are known for being well... intense would be an understatement. He's why Boston sports fans are the way they are, and why they expect nothing less than winning from their teams.

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Anyone who's grown up in a New England diehard family has heard all the stories. Our parents and grandparents experience championship droughts as long as sixteen years and even eighty-six between World Series Championships. And yet, they still put on their jerseys, bought their tickets and showed up to root their teams on and pray for a miracle. The miracle came in 2004 when the Red Sox finally "reversed the curse" and defeated the St.Louis Cardinals to bring a title back to the city that had longed for one, for so long.

The Patriots had won two years prior and were on route to take another Super Bowl victory that following spring, and Boston fans couldn't have been capable of predicting what was to come.

Fast forward fourteen years and the Red Sox have won another three times, the Patriots another four times and the Celtics and Bruins each adding another victory to the ever-growing total. Kids are growing up in a time where all they know is the greatness that Boston sports teams have to offer. Our parents and their parents who waited years to see championship teams at times are now watching a generation who has the luxury of a Duck Boat Parade almost annually. So why the change in the performance of teams?

Boston sports have always attracted hall of fame talented athletes. Larry Bird, Carl Yastrzemsky, Teddy Bruschi and Bobby Orr, all legends in the sports world, yet teams today are outperforming and soaring past fans expectations. The difference? Boston still is attracting legends...I mean hello can you say, David Ortiz? Zdano Chara? TOM BRADY!? But these athletes aren't only bringing talent, they're bringing camaraderie, inspiration and a new attitude to a once hopeless city.

Even when the teams seemed hopeless, Boston fans still showed their pride and spirit for their city. Even when the Red Sox were still "cursed" Fenway Park managed to sell out seven hundred and ninety-four consecutive games. At the time, the Red Sox were arguably the worst sports team in MLB history, fans still stayed cheerful and hopeful that they would pull out another world series victory.

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