Originally Posted by reds1869
Perhaps not, but to me your comment below sure sounds an awful lot like saying "they were asking for it." It attempts to justify the "response" by WVU fans with some perceived action by Marshall. And for the record WVU puts up plenty of billboards in the Huntington area.
Have to admit, though, that Marshall's putting up billboards in Morgantown about how many "championships" they had won, using a really loose definition of that word, contributed to Marshall/WVU incidents. Marshall goaded for quite a while, acting like WVU was an inferior rival, and got the expected, if awful, response.
Perhaps having worked in Huntington at the time, hearing Marshall fans tell me how they would beat WVU regularly and decisively if they only got the chance to play them taints my views a little. I'm not talking equivalency, though. What I'm saying is that the WVU fans' behavior didn't occur in a vacuum. Again, WVU fans' behavior has been inexcusable--I've been clear on that here and elsewhere.
btw, my Masters' is from Marshall. I've known quite a few guys who played football there. I'm not anti-Marshall at all.
I am a realist, and for a while there, Marshall fans could be pretty obnoxious. I don't blame them; they were winning and had a handful of great players (more than WVU at the time). It's just that they were unrealistic about what all this meant. The hubris of new success, I guess. I don't see that now, though. The hatred for WVU has subsided from what I see. I've never believed there was a reason there had to be rancor between the two schools.
To be clear, I think your mistake is assuming that I'm "justify"ing anything. I'm simply giving the background; that does not justify. Saying that the background should not be given, otoh, means that we point figures in a dark cave. I also in no way said "they were asking for it". Attempts at understanding do not equal justification. The WVU fans who acted in this way (not all of them, btw) were dead wrong in what they did, but that did not mean they were a mindless horde of ogres sent from the depths of Mordor.