Austin Texans fans: Let's discourage some unruly Cowboys fans
As you read my proposal below, please keep in mind: Confrontation is definitely not part of this suggestion.
This is a request for Texans fans in Austin to help prevent some uncivil Cowboys douche bags from being rewarded for acting like uncivil Cowboys douche bags.
The Common Interest on Burnett near 183 has done quite well in accommodating Texans fans for several years now. The owner, Mack, is a decent guy who supports all Texas teams, including the Cowboys, but he switched the big screen to the Texans games four years ago when the fan base grew. And since this bar shows every game in the NFL on 20 screens, the varying fan bases have always interacted pleasantly.
This year, some new regulars include a couple of Cowboys fans who obviously don't like the fact that the Houston game is on the big screen, so they are testing the boundary between harmless trash talk and blatant provocation. As an example, any time the Texans lose the ball or get scored on, they'll cheer and yell "CHOKE CITY!" at those of us trying to enjoy the game. The most obnoxious of the group will walk over to the Green Bay fan base, and -- very loudly -- cheer for the opposing team. This is not the kind of atmosphere that has ever existed in this bar. There has never been tension. Now, we have people unable to enjoy their games. The problem is not that a Cowboys fan expresses his opinion -- it's that he's trying to create tension in this formerly comfortable setting, which will intimidate people into going to other bars.
It's possible that I can inform the staff that someone is making everyone feel uncomfortable, but that's weak. The real solution is for more Texans fans to show up and make more noise than the small group of attention-seekers. But I do want to stress: Confrontation is to be avoided. I don't want a situation where trashy Cowboys fans pull anyone into the mud. The idea here is to discourage them through a growing Texans presence. I should also mention that there is a new group of Colts fans that have made their presence known, and they may need to be reminded what state they're in. And more Texans fans rewards the bar owner for giving our fan base a chance.
If Cowboys fans eventually outnumber Texans at this bar, then fine, the bar owner will make the best decision for his business. That's fair. But the last thing we want to see is a bar's atmosphere change because a small minority isn't discouraged from trash talking everyone else.