We're any of you at the Broncos game in '03? The Dante Hall punt return game.
At the visitors sideline near the west end zone in that game, Shannon Sharpe was shaken up and I think the trainers came over to attend to him. If I remember correctly the PA announcer said "injured bronco is Shannon sharpe" and a cheer arose.
I don't think anyone hoped that he was seriously injured, but we damn sure hoped he was injured. We hated him. So the reason for the cheer was not "We hope you die", it was "Hooray, a player who has torn us up a million times got walloped."
That didn't become a national story. I doubt if this would have either ten years ago. It's football.
This is a tortured fan base that has been more devoted than most forever, and we deserve to at least be respected. Playing Cassel insults our intelligence.