FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. It's been a disappointing season for the Falcons, to put it mildly. But at least the Atlanta players haven't encountered ugly fan behavior.
If an NFL player has been the poster child for falling victim to the beyond-the-pale ire of his hometown fans, it's Texans quarterback and former Falcons draftee Matt Schaub.
A former Pro Bowler and AFC passing champion (2009), Schaub was the subject of derisive cheers from the Houston fans when limping off the field (ankle injury) last week, during the Texans' 38-13 loss to the Rams. Leading into that game, Schaub tossed a pick-six to the opposing team in four straight outings.
Booing an injured player is generally more associated with one of America's toughest sports towns Philadelphia than Houston.
The Texans (2-4) actually have a better record than the 1-4 Falcons. Maybe the boorish behavior toward Schaub was more a commentary on football-crazed fans in Texas, compared to Atlanta, known as a city that's "too busy t...