It’s just a game.
These words can inspire calm rational conversations or insight angry irrational conversation. There is no in between, especially when it comes to sporting events.
This year, we, the staff of The Arka Tech, hope to change that: starting with the Super Bowl.
The journey is what makes sports great, not the outcome.
We begin by reminding everyone involved to enjoy the game and the time spent with those who enjoy the event as much as you and to not forget that enjoyment once the game is over.
The Super Bowl is “the National Football League championship game, played annually between the champions of the National and the American Football Conferences,” as defined by Google. This clashing of two teams for the ultimate title can get players, coaches and fans worked up.
We understand this.
You have been a part of the team from the beginning; working, sweating and putting much of your time into this team. Having experienced sports from different participation levels, we understand how competition gets under the skin, and you want the best for your team, your town and yourself. Whether you’re a playing in the game, on the sidelines or at home cheering on your team, each individual is important to the outcome of the game and what happens afterwards.
“Denver police closed streets leading into downtown Denver and used pepper spray to disperse unruly crowds following the Denver Broncos win in Super Bowl 50,” said John Ingold, journalist for the Denver Post of the 2016 Super Bowl riot.
Being excited about your team winning should invoke happiness and team comradery, not riots. Trashing a business, street or area does not show support for your team and the fact that you are happy they won. To many it shows a lack of support and respect for the team who just added a compliment to the town’s name. Riots are not a good solution to victories or defeats of sporting events.
“Before the crowds finally dispersed after midnight, 400 officers in riot gear used tear gas, helicopters and “nonlethal munitions” such as sting-ball grenades to scatter belligerent people, many of whom ducked onto side streets only to later regroup,” said Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown during the 2003 Super Bowl riot.
So while we know it makes you angry, we want you to come up with a solution or battle plan to get your team to the Super Bowl the next year. We want you to go to your team’s games and support them, cheer for them even when they are losing.
We do not need riots, police involvement, bloodshed or emergency room visits due to our team losing… or winning.
We want you to remember the fun, the tears and the friends made along the way because the journey is what makes sports great; winning is just the icing on the cake.