This past weekend there was a football championship playoff in a nearby large city. Most locals are fans of this team who overcame some big setbacks to get there. They were considered underdogs for the last several games, winning them all. With good humor they donned underdog outfits and embraced it.
As a fan I know firsthand how exciting it is to see a team who you thought had no chance of getting to the playoffs, go all the way to participating in the Superbowl. However, I did not do anything crazy. Nope. Nada. Didn’t break anything or hurt anyone.
Perhaps it’s mixing in alcohol that makes all logic go away. I read several articles on what the police and other security teams were doing to make the celebration safe for everyone.
First on the list was to grease the utility poles. They didn’t want anyone climbing them and getting hurt. Seriously? The maintenance crew was called the Crisco unit.
They did what is now standard procedure of using large garbage trucks to block cars from driving into the crowds that would congregate downtown to celebrate.
All local bars were advised to use plastic cups. No glass at all. Is this kindergarten? Perhaps sippy cups were in order.
There were other equally inane measures they had to take so that adults would not get hurt. Again seriously? Adults?
The only incident that got any publicity was a drunk guy who hit a police horse. *bangs head on desk* What was he thinking? If I had been that horse I would have at least peed on him and at most reared at him. (I know, horses are nicer than me.)
After an hour or so of jubilation in the streets the police did a sweep to get everyone to go home. There were no serious incidents although a few fans of the other team were bullied. (Come on, your team won! Be gracious! Did you flunk kindergarten?)
Sports, men (mostly), testosterone…what is it that make people act stupid? Someone will have to explain to me how winning equals out of control drunkenness, pole climbing, crudeness and all out bad behavior that most moms wouldn’t tolerate.
Kudos to all the police and other crews who kept the fans safe. They are the unsung heroes. Congrats to a football team who beat all the odds to get to where they are today. Boos to the idiots who were out of control and reflected poorly on a great city.