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Sulking San Fran fans say ‘quiet down’

afansSAN FRANCISCO – Should fans be penalized for cheering too loudly?

That’s what one fan is proposing after Sunday’s Seahawks-49er’s game.

In a letter to the editor, Judy Spelman and Rich Schiller write the Seahawks and the 12th man participated in unsportsmanlike conduct because of their noise. They believe it “creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drugs.”

Keep in mind that at the game the 12th man attempted to, and succeeded, in breaking the world noise record — twice. The first was during the first quarter, with 131.9 decibels, and then in the third quarter when the noise reached 136.6 decibels.

The two Californians offered several proposals. The first would have Seahawks players and management ask fans to stop being so noisy. The second would have the NFL implement a new rule where a visiting team can stop the game when the fan noise is louder than a predetermined decibel level. If that rule is broken during more than three games, there would be no home games played at the offending field for the rest of the season.

Centurylink Field has a reputation for giving local teams a home field advantage. According to an archived ESPN article, visiting teams at Centurylink Field have committed 107 false start penalties. The most talked about game was in 2005 against the New York Giants, where the visiting team committed 11 false starts.

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27 comments

  • Erin

    Half of the fun of going to a football game is cheering your team on. Institute these suggested rules and soon we'll only be allowed golf claps at sporting events.

  • Lenny

    Sad that they would be such sore losers but not surprising. Just because they can't EVER match our intensity and passion when it comes to our football team. Too bad.

  • Melissa

    My gosh..deal with the loss! Don’t blame the noise for the reason the 49ners lost. It’s football… that’s what you do.. be loud and cheet. How about we propose a rule.. The 49ers can’t win no more super bowls.

  • Hawk_Eye

    The fans in San Francisco have the same opportunity to yell and cheer for your team. Or are you just too good to do that? Maybe it's beneath you? Or just maybe you don't have the PASSION that Seahawk fans do for their team.

  • Trakar

    Hey now, these fans are entitled to their opinion, no matter how idiotic it is,…how do you think the bayboy forty-whiners earned their name?

  • bigheartedredneckgal

    Bahahahahahaha ! Is she serious? Pshaw!There is no such thing as a quite NFL game.Vocal support by football fans at a NFL game is equal in importance to NFL football as water is to fish.Please! If you can't handle it get ear plugs or don't go to the game.But,don't condemn or judge something you obviously know nothing about.I am far from a expert on the rules of football.But,even I understand the importance of support from fans.What a dull game it would be with quite cheering fans.You cannot please everyone.You think 49er fans wouldn't have been cheering if the 49er's had won?Go figure.If you penalize NFL fans for cheering loudly you will for all intents and purposes castrate sports.It's a matter of pride and encouragement.The relationship between fans and athletes is necessary .Athletes are further motivated by the cheering fans to push on and do their best to win.And fans show their appreciation and love for their teams by cheering them on to win.

  • Poor Losers

    It wasn't an issue when the Seahawks were losing for years. Now that they are winning, all of a sudden the noise is an problem. What a bunch poor losers!

  • KRIS

    Wel im in California im a 49ners fan and I think this should be implemented for being to loud I dislike seattle Cause they or the people there are rotten in the sense that they just cant mind their own business sacramento Kings and then 49ners brick on their stadium come on leave California Alone and mind your own Stankin BUSINESS AND YES IN CAPITAL LETTERS SO YOU GUYS CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT CALIFORNIA IS A LOT OF A BETTER STATE THAN FLOODING WASHINGTON OR MORE SPECIFIC SEATTLE BECASUE IT ALWAYS RAINS THERE IF U WNAT TO CRY BACK TO ME AND COMMENT GO AHEAD I DONT CARE!!!

    • Carolyn

      Wow you live in California and cant even spell your team right and have the nerve to comment on someone else's spelling. I think that its you that needs to grow up.

  • KRIS

    and seattle has no class according to your News anchor here on Q13 who made a rude comment about sacramento when I think he actually meant it for his dump place Seattle Just Saying

  • Dan Bird

    I’m a life long niner fan living in san jose. i attended the game, and think that the noise level was perfectly acceptable. Fans were actually civil to me in my niner jersey, which is more than i can say of my last experience in sf. We need to concentrate more on not being out coached and outplayed when they come down our way. Also I suspect we will have 3 mtgs this year so need to win at least the final meeting. Stop making us look like total wimps with these noise complaints

  • Cdunn87

    Well maybe games should be taken away from stadiums that have had fans shooting up people, and beating ppl unconscious in the bathrooms! Ill take a little noise any day at least our fans aren’t beating and killing people!