• Alexander McDilda

Philadelphia Panic

Surprisingly, the New England Patriots didn’t win another Super Bowl this year. Not as surprising nor pleasant however, the Eagles fans still decided to riot. Despite winning and no controversial play calls this year, the Philadelphia Eagles still sparked excitement all across the city as fans of all ages took to the streets to explode with their appreciation of their hometown victory.

Following the final quarter of the game fans fled from the field to the Philadelphia front. Many fans were seen climbing on public property as well as damaging objects ranging from public transport to emergency service vehicles. As of current there is no total on the amount of damage done, however it can be estimated to be well over the one hundred thousand dollar mark as street poles were knocked from their perches as well as super store “Macy’s” was set on fire.

To some this panic was bound to happen. It was a joke over several social media platforms that the Philadelphia Eagles’ fans were bound to riot whether their team won or lost. So to many this was not so much of a surprise as a sad tragedy. Many public services were damaged and properties torched as well.

The enthusiasm following the stunning victory over the New England Patriots quickly turned to senseless violence with no clear objective in mind. Violence is common following these high stake championships.

Kent State University’s Jerry Lewis, a sociologist expressed, “Sports fan violence occurs all over the world, but the American fan is unusual in a few ways. Unlike European soccer hooliganism, in which fans of opposing teams often hurt each other, fan rioting in the United States is usually limited to vandalism, or violence directed at inanimate objects”. This is unfortunately becoming a staple of the sporting community over the years, especially for North American teams.

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