How Not To Be College Football Fans 101

By DJ Byrnes on September 16, 2013 at 12:22p
dude got married twice: once to texas football, the other to the game.

You're off the hook, South Carolina student section, as the worst fans from this weekend. That belongs to a band of Texas fans, who one-shotted poor Carson Otter and put the Ole Miss student in the hospital with life threatening-injuries:

Officials with the Austin Police Department Otter was walking in downtown Austin around the time bars were closing.

Witnesses say Otter exchanged words with occupants of a passing vehicle. Someone in the vehicle got out and punched Otter who then fell to the ground.

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Hovenaut's picture

I've gotten into a few heated exchanges regarding sports affiliations in my younger days, but nothing I can recall raising fists over.

That's a real shame, thoughts and prayers to this young man and his family.

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Never understood this, just so stupid, so stupid....more than 1 life will be forever altered by this incident.

TheShookster's picture

In the serious sense, this is extremely sad and sports should never come to this. 
In the joking sense, I hope the UT fan doesn't hire Greg Robinson as his lawyer.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

ATXbucknut's picture

The kid had emergency brain surgery over the weekend.  Our prayers are with him.
Just disgusting behavior.  He was no doubt down on 6th St. (Austin's version of High St.), which is being taken over by thugs and varmints.  An acquaintance of mine was the victim of a hit-and-run last year. He lost consciousness and the vehicle broke his arm and leg. Never caught the dude.
Austin PD needs to get their chit together. Hit-and-runs happen about once every 3-4 months on 6th St. and other violent crime is becoming commonplace. What happened to the Deep Ellum area in Dallas (totally thugged out now) is happening to 6th St. in Austin.
And Austin PD rarely catch the culprits.

Michael's picture

The fact that there were cars on the road make me think this might have happened on West (where the street isn't closed) as opposed to Dirty (where the streets are closed until at least 3am).

ATXbucknut's picture

You could be right. Maybe on a street right off of Dirty where cars are parked.
That whole area is bad news starting around 2am.  Thank goodness for Rainey St. How cool is it that Austin has 3 legitimate party sections of town (6th, Rainey, Warehouse)?

acBuckeye's picture

ATX: I grew up in Austin and now work in downtown Dallas. I agree, 6th and Deep Ellum are both places I would avoid after about 1 am. Too many chances to get caught up in a situation you wouldn't want to be in.

KBonay's picture

Guess we were lucky to just be in Berkeley this weekend.  Worst I heard was :

"You can't even differentiate between differentiation and integration!".

Needless to say, I had no rebuttal....

FitzBuck's picture

Really.  Wow someone practiced that the night before.  
You should have fired back "apparently you can differentiate a Thesaurus and a encyclopedia....that's cute."
trust me its a total burn.  

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Earle's picture

As they say in  the South, "Bless their hearts"

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Oyster's picture

That's ok Earle, I appreciated that post.  And to show you how much, I'm lobbing in a softball for a snappy (yet obvious) reply on your part.

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(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Brutus Forever's picture

stupid cal fans...they may have a good school, but OSU's math dept. is one of the top in the country

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

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I'm proud to have gotten my degree in math from OSU in 2010. 

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BUCKfutter's picture

Sounds like someone was drinking and deriving

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

BUCKfutter's picture

I always heard that Texas fans were a classy, respectful bunch. Stories like this, plus my in-stadium experiences when we played them in 2005 in Columbus, are putting that perception into question for me.  I realize it's probably just a few bad apples, but sometimes that's what reputations are built / undone on.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Shayla39's picture

I will NOT do what the Texas fan base back in 2005 and call their fans names and judge some bad fans as representing the whole fan base.
This is awful and may not have been a fan at all, just horrible, criminal behavior.
Pray for this poor man to make a complete recovery!

hail2victors9's picture

First of all, I hope this young man makes a full recovery and the person(s) responsible are punished appropriately. 
Disclaimer(s): I don't condone violence.  It's only sports; life comes first.
With that said, and I feel like I have a little behavioral knowledge on the subject residing no more than one hour away from Columbus my entire life as a vocal Michigan fan; you have to respect where you are. 
(Admittedly making some assumptions)  There is a good chance the victim was intoxicated and said something pro-Ole Miss or anti-Longhorn; likely in Ole Miss attire.  To me, still being on campus at that time of night is pressing your luck a little bit, to begin with.  Then it seems to have reached another level, either by the victim's taunting or by the assailant's choice words for the victim's choice in apparel..."Witnesses said the victim exchanged words with the person(s) in the vehicle."
Again, the victim should not have been assaulted.  However, you're only asking for trouble by running your mouth in the losing team's backyard at 2 or 3 in the morning.  Hold your tongue and enjoy the night.  Be humble in both victory and defeat.


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Unky Buck's picture

Be humble in both victory and defeat.

Couldn't agree more. As my father once said to me, "When you score a touchdown, act like you've been there before." No need to flaunt accomplishments.

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buckeyedude's picture

That's just plain ol' common sense Hail. But you're right.



BuckeyeVet's picture

Tyler Moeller's life was changed forever by behavior like this. Prayers to the kid & his family. Hopefully the scum who did this will be arrested.

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USMC11917's picture

I am going to veer away from normalcy. Obviously I wish this guy justice and good health. A second thing to keep in mind is to not let your mouth write checks that your a%$ can't cash.

Earle's picture

Mine has a difficult time endorsing checks, but once that's accomplished, the rest is easy.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

Yeah really, I once had a check bounce.

USMC11917's picture

Looking at your Avatar I swore I read "Cheek" bounce. I was going to reply, well that's not all that bounced but then my education kicked in.

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

lol that would be funny too. Semper Fi

OSUStu's picture

Something similar nearly happened to me and some friends when we went down to Austin for the Ohio State game in 2006.   After the game, some drunks were yelling at us from a bar as we walked by.  Once we had passed by the bar, one of them came out and threw a beer can while we had our backs to him.  It nearly hit one of my friends in the head.  Instead, it hit the back of another drunk Texas fan.  They proceeded to fight each other in the street.
I thought this was so shameful because I got a great impression of the Texas fans before the game.  They were welcoming and talkative.  There are always a few low-life assholes out there that can give any fanbase a bad name.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Poison nuts's picture

I was at that game. In the stadium & on the way to it, the fans were about as nice as could be. After the game, the guys behind me congratulated me & said they thought "your guys look like they may go all the way." 
I didn't go out drinking after, so I can't speak to how they acted with a few big boy pops in them, but my experience was a good one...if not the best I'd ever had at an away game. Too bad really, like you said, a few bad apples can definitely spoil things for everyone. Sports are fun - I love OSU & get pretty vocal at games, but it's just a game & there's never any reason to take it this seriously or hurt people...Bummer.

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

It seems like these stories are becoming more and more common. Being a former college athlete, I will argue with anyone that sports are the best thing in the world. Stories like this are going to make it hard to defend pretty soon. I can't imagine trying to explain my love for sports when my kid sees a story like this, or worse, witnesses a story like this.  

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NC_Buckeye's picture

My nephew got jacked on a football Saturday in Austin as well. I didn't get the full story so please excuse the foggy details. Happened a couple of years ago. He graduated from tOSU in 2009 and had to do a year-long stint in the Houston office for the company he worked at. So that fall he and a group of friends decided to do a road trip to Austin and try to score some tickets for a Longhorns game. Not sure if they made the game. But they did do quite a bit of bar hopping while there. He had on an Ohio State t-shirt and apparently some big hispanic guy decided to jump him outside one of the bars. Spent the night in the Austin hospital ER and nothing more. Thank god.
I remember thinking at the time that wasn't what I expected from an Austin local. I thought Austin had a SXSW hippy-vibe (probably what he thought too). But apparently the distance between Austin and Gainesville isn't as far as you'd think.

40 Degrees North's picture

Absolutely shameful. 
I have cousins who are UT alums. I was in Austin in 2006. It was a great time. 
We have seen shameful acts before in college football and all sports. After the incident in Los Angeles last year outside of Dodger Stadium, you cannot help but think twice of going to another team's stadium as a visiting fan. It's just the sad reality.

MN Buckeye's picture

Try being a fan of the opposing team attending an Oakland Raiders game. A friend of mine was relieved of his jersey outside the stadium by Raider fans at knifepoint.

unholy bucknut's picture

This is just messed up on so many levels.

Haybucks's picture

Two things came to mind with this story;

  1. Tyler Moeller in Florida getting sucker punched injuring his head.
  2. The TX-OK bar fight

Well wishes to the Otter family.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


ChillitownBuck30's picture

Yeah so, how will UFM be considered responsible for this?  Anyways, get better soon Otter...and stay classy Austin

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

This is terrible, but Penn State fans would viciously assault an opposing fan in mob fashion after a game, most likely killing them.  The topic of bad fans can't be brought up without mentioning Pick Six University.  Luckily the worst I have seen them do is shower human waste on band members and throw full beer cans, downright a barrage of full cans, at Buckeye fans.
And I'm really surprised by this, because the Texas fans were awesome at the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.  The only thing that annoyed me all night was when they cheered like lunatics after they scored the game winning TD; but any fanbase would do that.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I also can't believe that a single punch caused life threatening injuries. I know it happens, but sweet Jesus that must be a hell of a right hook.  Why didn't that asshole demonstrate his fighting skills in a professional environment instead of committing attempted murder against a kid in his early 20s?

acBuckeye's picture

But the article never mentioned that the suspects were "UT fans." Maybe they were just some Austin thugs cruising around looking for trouble?
Also, the article said it happened at 2 am Saturday morning..... so like, before the game. So we can't make assumptions that emotions were to blame b/c the game hadn't even started yet. Unless the article is wrong, but the one I read was a version that was already corrected.