Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mike Ditka on NFL encouraging crowd noise: 'It is stupid'


The NFL has taken steps this offseason toward making games more enjoyable for fans in the stands.

One of those steps involves relaxing their policy on restricting home teams from encouraging crowd noise. In the past, the league has claimed it's unfair to visiting teams. But now, the NFL is allowing teams to use video scoreboards to pump up the crowd at all times throughout the game.

Count former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka as one person who believes the league's new stance on the matter is outrageous.
“It’s stupid,” Ditka said. “The NFL . . . who are they appealing to? It would be like the owners working at their desk, and all of a sudden they encourage people to come in their office and make a lot of noise. It doesn’t make sense. The key to football is you want to be able to see it executed properly. You want to hear the snap count. You want to see these guys use their talents where they’re not tainted. Sometimes when you have crowd noise, you’re not seeing the player at his best.”
Whether Ditka likes it or not, crowd noise has been factoring into the outcome of sporting events since the beginning of sporting events. This is just a part of the well-known homefield advantage. In fact, it may be the biggest part.

The NFL is hoping this decision will entice more fans to pick the stadium experience over watching games at home. Additionally, the league is also requiring teams to put cameras in the locker rooms to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on before the game and at halftime. 

35 comments:

  1. starting to look like the wwe all it is about money.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Crowd noise and homefield advantage is great for the game. Don't know what Ditka is thinking.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ditka is right. I want to enjoy the game and not have people screaming because the video scoreboard is asking for it. That's why I don't go to NBA games anymore.

      Delete
    2. I'm fine with crowd noise. I just think it has to be the fans who are into it. I don't want to cheer when some stupid video screen tells me to cheer. If the home team's crowd is smart enough yell like crazy when the visitors are knocking on the goal line that's great!! Just not when it's orchestrated by a video board

      Delete
  3. Hey, mike. It's not about hearing snap counts or allowing elite athletes show casing their primadona personalities. Its about getting asses in seats and eye balls on commercials. Grow up and and stop thinking this is anything but a profit oriented business. The league doesn't give a hoot which team wins the game as long as it is a sell out and Pepsi buys lots of time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What does primadona personalities have to do with big screens telling fans to yell, and as far as getting asses in seats, here in Chicago, we have been filling them since 80's, were you from? Jacksonville? anyway, the league shouldn't care who wins the game, that's the point

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Ditka=moron, REALLY? The man has done more for the game and Ex players than people will ever know. why don't you take up bowling or something, You don't have to agree with him, but moron! I think I know who the moron is here.

      Delete
  5. wasn't it you mike that complained about bears fans sitting on their hand's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HjOQT2phzw

    ReplyDelete
  6. I hope they can use those same cameras in the Lingerie league locker rooms!

    ReplyDelete
  7. All of the STUPID NOISE at Home games is why I will never go to a Home Game. I enjoy watching the games on TV, and not having some IDIOT YELL Their LUNGS OUT while trying to watch the game.I hope that people stop going to home games because of the noise.I still would not go to a Seattle Home game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would not go to a Seattle game either, but for other reasons.

      Delete
    2. The noise, the excitement, the all around good time of a live game is what it is all about, if You don't like it, don't go, We don't care

      Delete
    3. Maybe you are too old to be at a Seattle home game if you cant take the noise... Thats just a part of what makes Seattle fans the best in the league. Maybe you should stick to the Masters..?? GO HAWKS!!

      Delete
  8. XFL - I think we tried this. The only good thing to come from the XFL was the Flying Camera.

    ReplyDelete
  9. try to tell college students attending games to be quite.thats why teams have cheerleaders. maybe mikes just whats to keep his name out their in the off season.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Here's hoping those locker room cameras show us lots of nice big black dick!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What is the point of spending hundreds of dollars watching your team and not supporting them. Sport isn't opera, stadiums aren't libraries, Da Coach is very wrong on this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I never read anything about opera or libraries in Ditka's
      statement, If you have to be told to yell, your not a fan, just taking up a good seat.

      Delete
  12. Hey hey hey! Don't talk smack against Mike Ditka... he's the best thing to happen to NFL period. Da- BEARS!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think Mike was drunk when he said this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So what's your point?

      Delete
    2. With a big fat cigar and a super bowl ring on this finger!

      Delete
  14. The best way to get fans into seats is to lower the ticket prices, lower the cost for hot dogs and drinks, and kick out the drunken morons that don't bother to use the bathroom, just go at their seats. Till then, people are not going to go for the "stadium experience". Just the owners and "Bad"ell and the overpaid players (who are not work the money, Flaco anyone, says he would do anything to not lose some of the players after last season, why not take a cut in pay) trying to milk the fans for more money.

    ReplyDelete
  15. anonymous is right .my self i stay at home watch a game of the green bay packers kicking some ones ass eating a hotdog for 75 cents fuck off

    ReplyDelete
  16. I think that Seattle is the best place to cheer on the team

    ReplyDelete
  17. This decision is typical of any company that has "suits" making decisions that know nothing what is going on. They based there decision to attract fans to the stadium. Now what fan is saying to himself, "Damn I've been wanting to go to a game for a long time but I hated that rule that says the home team cant shout when the visiting team has the ball. Now that this new rule is in place I will start going to games". Home advantage will have a lot more meaning now, especially in playoffs. Wont be a level playing field.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I think crowd noise IS a home field advantage. I am all for it. But I'm not a fan of "electronic noise" to disrupt the game. Let the fans noise be enough. Especially after the offense breaks the huddle for the play. Football fans don't come to the game to hear blairing music.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sure - have the crowd noise.... but the "fans" screeching their unintelligible slobbering blabber need to be just as noisy and "cheering" when the home team is fielding snaps. Otherwise it's a crappy and unfair strategy employed by teams who are weak and need the help. Seahawks are an example. They bank every year on their vaunted homefield advantage. They designed a stadium to increase noise factor. fine - but record the noise and feed it back into the PA system when the home team has the ball. Do it in every stadium. Level the playing field as it were instead of having "stadium design" affect outcomes directly. Other sports don't have this. Hockey, baseball, basketball the "noise factor" isn't as unfair and advantageous as it is in football where an offense needs to hear. Would it be fair to blink laser pointers in the eyes of opposing basketball teams when they try to shoot. Explain the difference to me then. Good to see the Sea"Hawks" lose most of their away games as a result. Enjoy your "victories".

    ReplyDelete
  20. Crowd noise is stupid! Places like Seattle with their "12th Man" where they must believe their team can't win without trying to "shut down" the opposing team's ability to execute their play. Poor sportsmanship IMO.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Someone call this lil bitch a whambulance!! Its homefield advantage, you pussy. Hawk fans are proud of our false start creating crowd noise!! You must be a fan of a LOSER organization. GO HAWKS!!

      Delete
  21. Big Mike, the game has passed you by. The only teams that don't make noise are the ones drafting in the top 10 of the draft. #Hawks

    ReplyDelete
  22. Ya have to be a moron to enjoy the stadium experience. The NFL should listen to Mike. Mike is the persona of football.

    ReplyDelete