Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

“49ers fans ‘appalled’ by loud 12th Man’s ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’”

This is one of the headlines I’ve seen in the last few days relating to the crowd noise during the Seahawks win Sunday night against San Francisco.  I’m sure not all 49ers fans feel this way, but the fact that it’s even brought up this week is laughable to me.

The 49ers didn’t lose the game because the fans were too loud.  They lost the game because they didn’t execute well on either side of the ball.  They lost because they didn’t make enough adjustments.  They lost because the Seahawks played a better game.  The San Francisco coaches and players said as much during their post game comments and that’s what makes the group of complaining fans look petty.

My perception of those fans is that they are prone to whine and look for excuses when the situation doesn’t go their way.  And my initial reaction is – I wouldn’t want to work with them.

It’s unfair of me to judge anyone based on one comment, but it happens all the time in business.  And the way you talk about sports says a lot about you.  Your true colors don’t change and if you are prone to look for excuses after your team losses, there’s a good chance you’ll do the same thing at work when things don’t go your way.

While I wouldn’t want to work with any of the complaining 49ers fans, I would love to work with a guy like Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.  His team hasn’t performed well in the first two games of the season, but his comments are positive.  The focus is on controlling what he can control.  His players can’t say enough good things about him and the way he communicates regardless of the outcome of the game.

I know Gus after having worked alongside him for four years in Seattle, and I can tell you that he wants to win just like the next guy, but he goes about it with a level of class and professionalism regardless of the situation.

To me, it’s the opposite of what I heard from the 49ers fans complaining about the crowd noise.


Business Application:

The way you communicate says a lot about you.  It doesn’t matter what the topic, your coworkers are always making judgments about who you are as a person and if they like you as a person.

Use every conversation to your advantage.  The way you talk about games, wins, losses, teams, fans, etc…  All of it is a reflection back on you.

Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle.  She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans.  The book is available on Amazon.