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Go Nuts: Should you boo your own team?

January 18, 2012

Carlos Boozer's poor defense kills the Bulls. The Cubs bullpen implodes. Adam Dunn strikes out—again. Fans have plenty of reasons to boo their own teams. But should they? We tackle that in this edition of Go Nuts!

Boo all you want

Not boo my own team? How am I supposed to appropriately communicate my disappointment in coaching decisions? Nobody wants to get the players discouraged, but every now and then you have to let the staff know what's up. We're in this together. I'm not going to spend money on a ticket, tailgate and gear just to have to sit idly by and watch my coach ice our own kicker (looking at you, Gary Pinkel). And if the Missouri basketball team starts fouling left and right, I'm going to attempt to boo them into a calmer rate of play. It's my duty as an active fan. Don't make me silently scream into my nachos.

--Emily Van Zandt (evanzandt@tribune.com, @redeyedrinks)

Keep your boos to yourself

Booing is lame. For many reasons, not least among them that the entire point of being a fan, a fan attending a game no less, is to support your team. So that guy dropped a ball or struck out? Big freaking deal. They're humans, not robots, and perfection is a ridiculous expectation. Every pro athlete is at the top of his or her physical conditioning, and they're all trying. So relax, booers. Go get a beer or something.

--Georgia Garvey (ggarvey@tribune.com, @gcgarvey)

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