The following post is made up of A LOT of generalizations. But that’s what makes it funny. At least I think so.
I hate Sports fans. The Eagles won the Superbowl, Yay! Too many – wasted – fans rushed to Broad Street to act as the dumbest apes ever. Climbing on everything they can climb on or breaking everything they can break. One guy even ate horse shit just because the dumb people around him cheered him on. You cannot tell me that the historic victory of their sports team – a moment of joy and happiness – justifies that hordes of drunk people take control of the city, with the conviction that nothing will happen to them. The same thing happened when the parade went through the city a few days later. Disorderly conduct was apparently “authorized” and people could pee wherever, throw beer cans at whoever, and disobey the police without being scared of an arrest. Sports fan Privilege? It appears that we consider ourselves more educated and smarter than Romans or Greeks. But this kind of reckless behaviour is not different than any barbaric behaviour of these ancient times. And we let it happen, because an entertained people is better controlled than a desperate one. We condone this sport stupidity but condemn that same stupidity when used for claiming equality.
This free pass is given to them due to the fact that in America, there is nothing more important than drinking and watching sports. There are 20 TVs per bar and all showing different sports. It is so hard to find a bar where you can enjoy a drink without being forced to watch sports. I mean, I’m sure that if you have a human arriving on Mars the day of the Superbowl, there would be more people watching the latter. Sports is perfect for social gathering, it gives you time with your friends and a reason to drink without being seen as an alcoholic. Bud Light was giving away free “beers” during the parade… Can you believe it? A private company gives you all the means to get drunk. Getting hammered is The prize that every Eagles fan earned thanks to the win from their team. Is there no way anybody can enjoy this moment sober? I believe that it is not. In today’s culture, it is considered a sin to not drink in social interactions. I have a rule not to drink on Sundays – that’s the religiousness in me – and every time i went to the bar with my friends watching games, I had people wondering what the heck I was doing.
Everyone is coming to the parade to enjoy the opportunity to have strangers repeat after them the letters of the team they’re supporting E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles. By the way, in 2018, the best thing people came up to cheer their team is to spell the letters of its name lol. Just like the basketball fans who shout “Defense” when their team is defending lol. Nothing better than a Pre-K level to make sure that even after 10 beers anybody can sing it! That makes me think of the people who come to Philly to take a pic with a fictional character – aka Rocky – rather than with Lafayette, Abe Lincoln or the Stephen Girard which are all around the Rocky statue… I have nothing against sports though. I love sports – especially real football – but just like I’m against the idea that you should not defend an institution just because you are somehow linked to it – country, religion, political party, etc. – I am against the idea of blind dedication to your team. Or blind hatred of the other side team. Everyone was happily repeating “Fuck Tom Brady” or burning his jersey during these two days. What did the guy do except throwing – deflated? – balls to the opposite team players?
And as we are in America, it appears that a race argument had to be made. The sports crowd in Philly was mostly white. Should we then deduce that if they were black it wouldn’t be the same in terms of treatment by the police? Some people want to make the allusion that this is another White Privilege (one such article here), and that the cops were nicer because of the skin colour of the crowd. I completely disagree with that kind of statement and I think it is missing the point. (Please read my other article to understand that I am aware of the racial divide that exists in this country). But claiming that this is what is happening here is wrong. This is a Sports fan privilege. Nothing else. First of all, it is easy to take the crowd you want to press your point. When the Cleveland Cavalier won the NBA Finals in 2016, people did stupid things too in downtown Cleveland. The crowds there were a lot more diverse. Second of all, I even witnessed a few black people doing stupid shit, some even in front of cops, during the parade and they were not being arrested. They were still given a free pass just as their white comrades. The problem here is not the race of the protester, it is the system in which we are in. If you get drunk and throw beers at other people while shouting “E-A-G-L-E-S”, you are just being part of the system but when you are out shouting “Black Lives Matter” you are trying to change the system and no one likes that. Not everything is black and white. Of course black people suffer everyday struggles that most white people don’t. But we need to stop trying to push into everybody’s heads that whiteness is bad. Or that everything a white person does is thanks to her “Privilege”. This is not better than racism.
Anyhow, if there is a “race” point to make I think it is this one. What bothers me the most is that these dumb white sports fans know that they have a free pass. They act like they are entitled with this free pass. Being a drunk disrespectful person on this moment is their right. They’ve had this free pass all their life, why not now? That’s what makes me sick. Hearing them saying “this is THE parade” as an excuse for not respecting anything which makes me think of all the other times when they must have given other excuses to be dumb and they certainly had a free pass, which is not possible when you’re a person of color. There is a “kind” of people in America that I don’t think you can find anywhere else, the White Douchbag. Generally a man but can also be a woman after college, always with a Red Cup or a Bud Light, completely hammered, who think they can insult people, who think they can climb a pole or climb on a deck that they are not supposed to because they know nothing bad will happen to them. Just like wolves, they are never alone and always in group because they need the approval and the support of the pack in their stupid actions. Why be a douch if no one is around to witness it and laugh? Even if College is over, they still think that they can act as they own the place and that daddy and mommy will save them if they do something stupid because they paid $400,000 for their school. Or because the school doesn’t want bad publicity. And they’re mostly right.
Anyway, maybe it is just me being sad the Steelers didn’t get in the Super bowl. I do love -American- football. Even though it is a weird feeling to say that when you know that these people are paid millions to give themselves concussions in front of a cheering audience. I talked about Rome in my intro and frankly, what is the difference between this sport, which no one denies that it is damaging for the players, and a fight between a man and a beast in the Colosseum 2,000 yeas ago?