Yesterday's viral fight in the bleachers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia during the Chiefs and Eagles game is a reflection of the senseless anger sports fans have nowadays.
Wait! You say. This type of deplorable behavior is not unknown in ball parks. It's been happening for decades, just not as common as it is now.
Since the fans returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they have a lot less patience...with anything. The reality is increased violence is becoming common place in sports today.
Watching anti-vaxxers bully school board members, teachers, and parents has become a fulltime occurrence across the country.
It's a far cry from Jeannie C. Riley's iconic Harper Valley PTA song that pointed out hypocrites in the school system. Now fistfights and raging parents are all the norm.
The public is pissed off. Doctors, nurses, teachers, school superintendents, firefighters, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, and politicians are melting down because the pandemic turned out to last much longer than anticipated.
Patience is no longer a virtue. People want things to return to "normal," but that's not going to happen as long as a segment of our society plays stupid and refuses to get vaccinated.
Because the virus still lingers in every state the prospect is poor for a nationwide recovery from the worst pandemic to ever hit this country.
People are pissed off at people who deny science and use quack cures like horse-de-wormer and bleach to fight the virus. There's a plague of misinformation on social media that doesn't look like it'll ever end.
The crazies are taking over by denying realities like Trump won the 2020 election, and by enacting voter suppression laws.
The chance that you'll witness some form of violence has been greatly enhanced because of all these angry people, regardless if it's at a restaurant, store, or sports event.
A Few Words of Advise About Anger
As Daniel Webster once said, "Keep cool; anger is not an argument."
A witty Mark Twain wrote, "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."
Grace Kelly's take, "Getting angry doesn't solve anything."