Repeat after me: you are allowed to boo an athlete if he puts forth a *#*#*#*# effort & he doesn't play well in a big game. This concept isn't unique to NY, kids. Fans that expect something out of their players practice this in every part of the world. Those expectations & that environment make the player better. I can't believe that posters suggested in the Clint attacks thread that you shouldn't boo Clint because a)it could hurt his feelings & b)you're not allowed to criticize somebody if you're not better them! (how would Arena coach if he believed in (b)?) Brilliant. How exactly does this prepare Clint for Europe or even WCQ?? He certainly won't be held to that low of a standard in the Premeirship (not that he still has a chance of attracting interest). I can just imagine the Sun match report: ""Yank starlet Clint Mathis didn't run, wasted the few chances he had & looked like he didn't give a toss. But we're all humans, innit? Can't criticize him then! I say we keep cheering & overpaying the lad until he turns it around!" Throwing a beer is stupid but so is this "we musn't hurt Clint's feelings" jive. No wonder some MLS players careers have gone downhill. They get interviewed by homer journalists, they're all but assured a spot in their starting 11, and the fans don't expect anything out of 'em.