What could possibly inspire someone to spit at a football player? Attack a mascot? Swear and degrade another team’s fans? Throw beer cans at the visiting team?
Football! How do we forget? It’s only football!
Sometimes the games have names. Sunday was the Labour Day Classic. The home team beat the visitors 38-24. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who lost, are upset the Saskatchewan Roughriders exploited a bad rule by faking injuries to slow down the visitors’ offence.
Name-calling has ensued. Taunting. Fans are tossing barbs back and forth, berating anyone who doubts their team. God forbid, in the eyes of a Riders fan, anyone believed the Blue Bombers were going to win. And vice versa.
Saturday’s rematch in Winnipeg has been dubbed the Banjo Bowl. It’s a comical name. It doesn’t carry the impact of Hurricane Harvey, nuclear tests or terrorism, nor should it.
Football is just a diversion; it isn’t worth this much angst.