Football Fans Who Cheer Too Loudly Are Cheaters So says the Canadian philosophy professor By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 15, 2010 6:53 PM CDT 14 comments Comments He's probably not going to listen to the philosophy professor from Canada. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (Newser) – This is what happens when philosophy professors go to football games: You get a sincere treatise on how wildly cheering fans are being unsportsmanlike. (He's talking about Canadian football, but still.) "When Saskatchewan had the ball on offence, the Winnipeg fans, encouraged by some of the players, set up such a wall of noise that the players couldn’t hear the quarterback’s signals. That’s cheating, isn’t it?" asks Arthur Schafer in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Schafer insists it is. "Preventing your opponents from hearing their quarterback’s signal-calling is taking unfair advantage," he writes, and the quality of the game suffers as a result. "My suggestion is that the pointy-headed guys who run Canadian football should think carefully about the steps they could take to look out for those who love football and want to see a team win by athletic skill rather than by the unrestrained passion of their sometimes misguided fans." So there.