Ohio State beat Oregon to win the collegiate football championship, the first one under the new playoff system.
Question: Why in America do fans of the winners of big games riot, setting fires, breaking things, threatening cops? In other countries, sports violence is a problem, but my impression is that it’s usually losers and fans who feel cheated who start tearing up things.
To switch to the NFL, I don’t think Detroit fans rioted when the penalty flags against Dallas were picked up, and no one rioted in Dallas when an apparent catch was ruled incomplete in the game won by Green Bay [hooray!]. And there were no riots in Oregon. But the victorious Ohio State fans felt so happy that they set 89 fires. [Read more…]