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The Whistler

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Posted: 6/27/2014 2:53 PM

The Whistler 


http://www.tennessean.com/stor...-espn/11519789/

While Vanderbilt's baseball team was giving Virginia trouble in the College World Series, a couple of Commodores fans were giving ESPN trouble with its broadcast by constantly whistling Wednesday.

Preacher Franklin's and Jeff Pack's repeated chirping nearly got them tossed from the game after a member of the ESPN crew confronted them in the third inning of Vanderbilt's national championship-clinching 3-2 victory in Omaha.

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This was commented on during the game thread.  At least now we know who they are.  It is sad that these two guys wouldn't listen to the mother of a player and other Vandy fans and kept right on doing it.

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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:18 PM

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They're good guys and fans but the whistling was torture if you were anywhere in the vicinity and became more of a distraction than anything. They needed to stop.

Last edited 6/27/2014 3:19 PM by dores2010

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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:24 PM

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absolutely

some just have no filter or sense of self-awareness
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:47 PM

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Preacher sits in the first row in Section K, my section.  He doesn't whistle non-stop at home games like he did in Omaha but it's still annoying when he really gets going.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 4:56 PM

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Given the quotes, Franklin sounds like a jerk. Sorry, but that's how I feel. Wish the cops had tossed him.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 5:29 PM

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If they wanted people to feel sorry for them because ESPN finally had the guts to confront them, then the comments in this article are not a good way to do it.

I love loud fans. But the whistling is not cheering. It's pure annoyance to do it the entire game, every 10 seconds.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 5:37 PM

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They admitted to directing their whistles at the microphones. They may be loyal fans but they ruined the broadcast and ESPN had every right to try and stop them.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 5:39 PM

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crossvilledore wrote: They admitted to directing their whistles at the microphones. They may be loyal fans but they ruined the broadcast and ESPN had every right to try and stop them.
I think ESPN also responded because even though this had been going on through the tournament, the social media chatter about it went through the roof after game two when a sports blogger published the guy's photo and ran a story about it.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 6:00 PM

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How do we end up with fans so strange?

I'm glad that guy doesn't sit near me... I'd probably throw him out myself.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 6:05 PM

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It's great we have such passionate fans, but there's nothing more annoying than incessant whistling. At this point you are attempting to get attention and make it about you. Is this the same guy that whistles at basketball games? How could you not realize that you are a distraction to others that are trying to enjoy the game, instead you are seeking attention and attempting to make yourself more important than other fans. Others have paid their money and should be able to enjoy the game. It appears that Mrs.Wiel attempted to assist, but he totally ignored her request. I can assure you that if he sits close to me, he would not last the whole game as he would assuredly leave if he didn't stop and it would just be a matter of if I had to leave, as well.

Last edited 6/27/2014 6:06 PM by NDorefin

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Posted: 6/27/2014 6:55 PM

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I would have been escorted out in the second inning but he would not have been able to whistle. He was also the leader of the BLACK-GOLD cheer.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 6:59 PM

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I don't know how many of you were there but these whistles were accompanied by clapping by a portion (it sounded like a large portion to me) of VU fans - the whistlers were leading the clapping and cheers which synced with the whistles) I was on 3rd row - VU section started about 16th row or so ... It was incessant and clearly pro- VU ... It kept the game atmosphere at a higher intensity than usual and only stopped for " Black - Gold" or "Who you with" cheers ... I thought it was the best VU crowd I'd ever heard for all three games ...
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Posted: 6/27/2014 7:04 PM

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historybill wrote: How do we end up with fans so strange?


AMEN... I really wonder this sometimes, too.  Whistler clearly just wants attention.  The quotes in the article make that totally obvious.

And don't even get me started on the Whistler's mother...
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Posted: 6/27/2014 7:44 PM

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From the article: "I ain't never been to jail"  rolleyes
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Posted: 6/27/2014 8:12 PM

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I never sat directly in front of him, but I was two rows in front the last game and it didn't bother me.  In fact, I thought it was great because he was getting our crowd started and keeping it going even when things weren't going so well on the field.  As another poster said, that was how he was starting the fans clapping and making noise and he did lead the Black-Gold cheer as well.

My son watched all the games on ESPN and said it didn't interfere with the broadcast from his perspective.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 8:28 PM

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For a second I thought you said you wished the cops had tasered him. Either way that would have gotten him to stop.

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Given the quotes, Franklin sounds like a jerk. Sorry, but that's how I feel. Wish the cops had tossed him.

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Posted: 6/27/2014 8:32 PM

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the problem was that it was just incessant

it's novel and fun for a while, then it just becomes grating

same goes for the kid who stood up every single time the pitcher threw to first to start the "not even....close" chant....again, funny the first few times, not funny at all the 60th
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Posted: 6/28/2014 11:00 AM

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+ 1

It was a great crowd and we all tried to clap and scream as much as we could to will the team to victory (my goal was to not come back to Chicago with a voice-almost got there). And some whistling was cool. But it was too much. Much too much.


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the problem was that it was just incessant

it's novel and fun for a while, then it just becomes grating

same goes for the kid who stood up every single time the pitcher threw to first to start the "not even....close" chant....again, funny the first few times, not funny at all the 60th

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Posted: 6/28/2014 11:42 AM

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My wife wanted to post this during the final baseball game but I was afraid it would jinx us. So now that  the discussion is up, I'll post it now:

"What a great lead Vandy has over Virginia right now and once again all I can hear is the whistler.  If I could reach through the screen and mute the Whistler, it would be so nice. Mr. Whistler, normally you just ruin attendance at Basketball games. You literally make children cry. Don't we want to teach our boys and girls to love Basketball? Mine won't go to games anymore because of you. Ironically, I am almost certain that you don't pay to sit in the seats that you sit in (when you have sat in front of, or behind, or around us). Mr. Whistler, please- I beg you tone it down. Better yet, stop whistling. No one attends a game to listen to your 120 dB whistling. If you aren't aware, Coach Stallings likes to communicate with his players by whistling. I imagine you have ruined that. Along with numerous ear drums and attendance at games by those who can't tolerate the incessant noise you generate with your need to screech like a caged bird for Vanderbilt. I know you are a great fan. Please, be a considerate fan. Cheer for our team. Holler and hoot if you must. But, for the love of everyone. Stop the obnoxious ear piercing, whistling. Thank you."
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Posted: 6/28/2014 4:18 PM

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Well, she's right that if it's so loud and high decibel that it is painful it may be causing people to lose some of their hearing. Had I been near him, the first two or three times he did that to me I would have asked him to be told to stop because of self protection of my hearing. Once you lose part of your hearing it doesn't come back and I don't want to be wearing hearing aids yet.
FairfaxCommodore wrote: My wife wanted to post this during the final baseball game but I was afraid it would jinx us. So now that  the discussion is up, I'll post it now:

"What a great lead Vandy has over Virginia right now and once again all I can hear is the whistler.  If I could reach through the screen and mute the Whistler, it would be so nice. Mr. Whistler, normally you just ruin attendance at Basketball games. You literally make children cry. Don't we want to teach our boys and girls to love Basketball? Mine won't go to games anymore because of you. Ironically, I am almost certain that you don't pay to sit in the seats that you sit in (when you have sat in front of, or behind, or around us). Mr. Whistler, please- I beg you tone it down. Better yet, stop whistling. No one attends a game to listen to your 120 dB whistling. If you aren't aware, Coach Stallings likes to communicate with his players by whistling. I imagine you have ruined that. Along with numerous ear drums and attendance at games by those who can't tolerate the incessant noise you generate with your need to screech like a caged bird for Vanderbilt. I know you are a great fan. Please, be a considerate fan. Cheer for our team. Holler and hoot if you must. But, for the love of everyone. Stop the obnoxious ear piercing, whistling. Thank you."

Last edited 6/28/2014 5:12 PM by GerryN

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