Editorial: Remember, it’s just a game
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
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Alabama residents should be used to such lunacy by now.

A fan, “distraught” over losing, reportedly put his impressive collection of team memorabilia up for sale on Craigslist and vowed never to watch his once-beloved university on TV again so long as the current coach continues to coach there.

That’ll show ’em.

An online petition is circulated demanding that the NCAA review a touchdown run and reverse the call because the runner allegedly stepped out of bounds. Never mind that the time for challenging has long passed and, as they say, “the play on the field stands.”

We can shake our heads at the silliness of it all since that is what it is — silly.

But even so, there is an element of whimsy and fun in it.

No one gets hurt — except maybe the guy who wakes up tomorrow to find his den walls bare and his treasures scattered.

Unfortunately, some fans go beyond lunacy, beyond silliness, and when they do, iconic symbols of schools are damaged or destroyed. Yet, despite the pain such acts cause, those who care, the harmed and the harmer, live to see another day.

Michelle Shepherd, a 36-year-old mother of three, was not so lucky.

At an Iron Bowl party in Hoover, Alabama-fan Shepherd allegedly did not seem upset when an Auburn player ran a failed field goal back 109 yards and won the game for the Tigers. Hearing Shepherd joking that the Crimson’s Tide’s loss was not as bad as when the NBA’s Miami Heat lost a game, Alabama-fan Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, “went crazy” and, according to Shepherd’s sister, told them that they “weren’t real Alabama fans.” Then, according to police reports, she pulled a gun and started shooting.

Shepherd was hit and died at the scene.

Today a woman is dead, three children are without a mother, a sister is without a sister, a family is grieving and another woman is facing jail.

As much as we love the sport, it is just a game.

And a game won or lost is not worth this.
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