In Defense of Liverpool
Despite being a member of the Premiere League's "Big 6," Liverpool hasn't actually ended the season at the Top of the Table in 30 years.
This weekend changed all that when they easily won the Championship of English soccer with a half a dozen games remaining. Technically, it was their first championship since the Premiere League was established in 1992.
So of course their fans were exuberant.
Uh, TOO exuberant.
Then I read this article at The Daily Beast: Idiotic Soccer Fans Prove It’s Too Soon for Sports to Return Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Beast article condemned the rioters based on the premise that there's a coronavirus epidemic and people shouldn't be rioting-
Whoa, whoa whoa. What?
LONDON—Police helicopters and emergency dispersal measures were needed in the early hours of Saturday morning as cops battled to stop soccer fans gathering in a known coronavirus hotspot to celebrate Liverpool’s long overdue Premier League title.
The grim predictability of fans abandoning social distancing to celebrate their teams’ victories had been one of the major arguments against soccer being allowed to return in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ignored the warnings as his government searched desperately for a way out of the monotony of lockdown. As far back as April when up to a 1,000 people were dying every day in the U.K., the government proclaimed it wanted to see soccer back “as soon as possible.” Liverpool football club, which was a European powerhouse in the 1980s, had failed to win the English championship for 30 years. That barren run ended late on Thursday night, sparking an impromptu celebration outside the ground by several thousand ecstatic supporters. Throughout the day on Friday, the mayor of Liverpool and club officials begged fans not to congregate in the city for a second, full night of celebrations. Their pleas were ignored as thousands congregated on Liverpool’s waterfront to sing, share beers, hug and, inexplicably, to aim fireworks at the city’s iconic Liver Building. - The Daily Beast
Let's re-word that article, shall we?
Washington D.C.—Police helicopters and emergency dispersal measures were needed in the early hours of Saturday morning as cops battled the Black Lives Matter movement from gathering in a known coronavirus hotspot to protest .
The grim predictability of protestors abandoning social distancing to show allegiance to the movement in Minneapolis had been one of the major arguments against allowing the Peaceful Protests in the Capitol. As far back as April when up to a 1,000 people were dying every day in the U.S., the government proclaimed it wanted to shut down the protests and return to "law and order." Throughout the day, the President of the United States begged protestors not to congregate in the city for full nights of protests. His pleas were ignored as thousands congregated in the newly named Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, inexplicably, to aim fireworks at the city’s historic buildings.
Look kids, we made hate speech.
The Left thinks it's stupid to riot over soccer.
The Right thinks it's stupid to riot over 100 year old statues.
(Guess what? They're both correct.)
Congrats to Liverpool, because I'm telling you, if it wasn't for Covid-19, that celebration would have been 10 times larger (or worse) depending on your perspective.