LINKAllen Iverson was at the Phillies game Tuesday, and when he appeared on the scoreboard heralded as "Sixers captain and U.S. Olympian" the crowd booed. Loud.
Now. The debacle that was the 2004 Olympic team has been discussed at length here, and by now everyone agrees that it was a disaster and has a theory as to why it happened. But more interesting is why we're so ticked at this team.
Various pundits have blamed it on some sort of racist, un-patriotic bent, and booing Iverson kind of proves it's not that. These people have been cheering Iverson for years, and this is a pretty patriotic area. Maybe it's a lot more simple.
Maybe a team that should have won simply underachieved and lost. No one knows more about that than the sports fans in this area. Booing that seems the perfectly natural thing to do. - Kevin Roberts
If this was at an Eagles game I could swallow it, because the Eagles have been a winning franchise for the past four seasons. The Phillies haven't made the playoffs in about a decade, and these fans who wasted their money on that game (only to watch them lose to the Braves again!) decide to boo Iverson.
I'm all fine with booing, but when it's a player who played hard in the Olympics with a broken thumb, it upsets me. Hey fans.. boo the Phillies, boo Ed Wade, boo the Phillies ownership who cares more about spinning a profit than winning a championship. And most of all boo yourselves for falling into the trap of another horribly manufactured team that promised post season glory.