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Dear John Oehser- Steve needs an intervention

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Who cheers for their team to lose? Steve does.

NFL: International Series-Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

I love fan culture. Love it! Jalen Ramsey is a gift to anyone that enjoys observing how fans approach cheering for their favorite team and players.

The love/hate relationship between Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars fan base shows no sign of changing. When Jalen tweeted he would be missed when he’s gone the level of vitriol was both surprising and not surprising. The extreme end of the anti-Jalen crowd suggested the Jaguars would be better suited to trade him for multiple first round picks, allowing the team to rid themselves of someone disinterested in being here while stockpiling picks to fill the myriad of positional gaps.

To Ramsey’s credit he attempted to add context with a follow-up tweet, noting that he wants to retire a Jaguars, and additionally asking for his followers to not overthink his tweets.

My Taco Tuesday conversation with my friend Steve, while more measured than the extremists, found me entertaining Steve’s thoughts on how the team should position themselves regarding resigning Jalen or using the franchise tag on him. Is he worth the long term investment if his maturity level continues to be a distraction? Will his comments on social media potentially foster a toxic locker room?

While I understand Steve’s frustration, I don’t share his opinion of Jalen. Passion presents itself in different ways, and not always in one the fan base can easily interpret. Ramsey’s personality, grounded in being a strong competitor, is actually something we should want in a top talent. He hates losing, and sometimes it manifests into a reaction focused on fan negativity.

The odd thing is when the overly emotional reaction to what is perceived as an emotional comment by a player takes an irrational position. I therefore give you another Steve, courtesy of a question to the O-Zone.

Steve from Atlantic Beach, FL

As a diehard fan and the season now lost, my hope is every pass Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws past the line of scrimmage it is directed to Mr. Malcontent’s side and he gets lit up like a roman candle.

John

People are mad at Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. That’s fair. If he’s going to say certain things there’s going to be a reaction. I’m sure he understands that. At least you would think he would.

Dear John,

Is it fair that people are mad at Jalen Ramsey? Ok, maybe it is fair. As I noted in yesterday’s article, other players are commenting on how to preserve the season with a focus on defying the odds and winning out. What I would like to better understand is why a tweet angers fans more than production on the field. Is there any indication he is mailing it in? Are we going to nitpick any failure on his part to highlight how he is not worth the accolades or a hefty salary?

But to focus on this misses the point. Buries the lead.

Atlantic Beach Steve (ABS) presents us with a fan conflict. How can someone be a diehard fan while also wanting a player to get “lit up like a Roman candle”? Why take a single comment as an indication that someone is a “malcontent”?

This reminds me of the “Suck for Luck” mindset. The approach that wants for team failure to win the opportunity to obtain an unknown commoditity believed to improve the team’s condition. Except in this example we have a proven commodity. Yet ABS would prefer his team to fail for the sake of humiliating Ramsey. In doing so it not only continues the losing streak, but it also devalues the player. If you dislike Ramsey, would it not be better if the player continued to excel so you could get a greater return on investment?

John, at times, as fans, we would rather be right than want what is best for the team. ABS is such an example, and he deserved that biting sarcasm you lob at those who have crossed the line of reason. Fans are going to fan, I guess, but man did I want something a bit more scathing from you.

I can’t help but laugh at ABS’ emotional comment to O-Zone, one that makes Ramsey look that much better. If Steve really is a diehard fan then we need a collective fan intervention because he is doing it wrong. I think you missed an opportunity to help a fan in need.

Don't be an enabler.

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What type of fan are you?

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  • 40%
    I don’t get ABS at all. You can’t be a diehard fan and want team failure.
    (101 votes)
  • 7%
    I understand where ABS is coming from, but I’m undecided about cheering against a player.
    (19 votes)
  • 7%
    I totally get ABS. I expect players to act a certain way, and at times you win by losing.
    (18 votes)
  • 44%
    If I can’t understand the meaning of a friend’s tweet how in the world can I possibly understand the intent of a vague tweet from a stranger? The better fan doesn’t care about petty stuff like this.
    (111 votes)
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