We love rivalries. We love good-natured trash-talking between educated fan bases -- groups that know that, at the end of the day, they really aren't that different.
We love rivalries. We love good-natured trash-talking between educated fan bases -- groups that know that, at the end of the day, they really aren't that different. They just grew up in slightly different parts of a huge world, cheer for teams that wear different-colored laundry and therefore must taunt each other mercilessly with facts, half-truths and even tipsy monosyllabic shouts.
This is all part of what makes sports fun. We understand it and we participate in it. To reiterate: we love it.
What we could never grasp, however, are the stories like the one out of Green Bay on Sunday, where fans take good-natured rivalries and turn them into something worse. There were reportedly several incidents in bars near Lambeau Field surrounding the Vikings/Packers game -- more fights between fans, apparently, than usual. The one that received the most media attention was reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
That one reportedly involved 20 or 30 people in the parking lot at the Sideline Sports Bar, and while officers didn't say whether it involved the 23-14 Packers victory, it's not much of a logical leap considering the timing of the incident (3:36 p.m. Sunday), the fact that a Minnesota resident and Wisconsin resident were reportedly involved and the proximity of the bar to Lambeau Field. There was also this line from the story: "Police radio broadcasts during the incident said authorities were seeking a man wearing a purple sombrero."
It's an amusing detail, but again we circle back to the original point: It's one thing to embrace a rivalry. It is the lifeblood of sports to root hard for a team and to talk trash -- again, good-naturedly -- with rival fans. If you are a Vikings fan, you had better have thick skin and a witty comeback to any comment about Super Bowls.
But to let anything rooted in a sports rivalry escalate into real violence? Sorry, but even if we "get" how it happens, we'll never understand it.
|Real Salt Lake||2|
|(7) Florida State||74||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||80|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|