Opinion: Fans should not overreact to post-game f-bomb

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Opinion: Fans should not overreact to post-game f-bomb

Matt Patricia coaches the Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 16.  After his team lost, Patricia came under fire for using foul language in a radio interview.

Matt Patricia coaches the Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 16. After his team lost, Patricia came under fire for using foul language in a radio interview.

Official Detroit Lions website

Matt Patricia coaches the Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 16. After his team lost, Patricia came under fire for using foul language in a radio interview.

Official Detroit Lions website

Official Detroit Lions website

Matt Patricia coaches the Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 16. After his team lost, Patricia came under fire for using foul language in a radio interview.

Ben Kloppman, Guest Writer

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The world of sports is a frustrating one, especially when you don’t come out on top. Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia let this frustration get the better of him after the loss to the Bills and dropped an unfortunate, but ultimately forgivable f-bomb.

In a radio interview with WJR recounting the Lions’ devastating loss to the Buffalo Bills, according to FOX 2’s Jennifer Hammond, Patricia said, “Look, for us, it’s not different. We go out, we compete, we try to win and we try to f—ing get better every week.”

Although this slip-up was unfortunate, we can all admit that it happens to the best of us, especially in times when emotions and tensions are high. According to USA Today, Patricia is not in any position to lose his job over the incident, or the team’s losing season. USA Today said, “Patricia, in his first season with the team, is not believed to be in any jeopardy of losing his job, but after 14 straight playoff appearances as an assistant with the New England Patriots, he has acknowledged this year’s losing has been a difficult adjustment.”

Coming off many winning seasons with the Patriots makes the losing season even tougher for Patricia, further explaining why he used the expletive.

Patricia was not the only Lion to let the loss get to them; linebacker Jarrad Davis also used an expletive after the devastating loss to the Bills. In the same USA Today article, the writer said, “Several Lions played blamed themselves for Sunday’s loss, including linebacker Jarrad Davis, who said he “f’d up” by committing a late offsides penalty that helped the Bills close out the game.”

This shows that high tensions and disappointment have the potential to bring out the worst in anyone, and that mistakes made in frustrating situations are allowed to be forgiven by the public, especially if the mistake was mostly harmless like Matt Patricia’s.

Although it shouldn’t be public, players, coaches, or anyone in a high-pressure job should be allowed to let off a little steam after a disappointing loss; it’s only human nature.

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