For the record, I do not condone acts of vandalism at all, let alone as part of any championship celebration. Anyone who participated in such acts in Philly last night should be ashamed of themselves.
That said, though, people love to act like Philly is this depraved, lawless, modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. Celebrations last night were no more destructive than those recently.Last night in Philly:
One car is tipped on its side, an awning collapses, and some street lights are brought down
. In total, three arrests have been reported.
Meanwhile, in other cities:
Of interesting note, in the Boston area last night, angry Patriots fans "began throwing objects, setting off smoke bombs, fireworks and starting fistfights
", leading to six arrests.San Francisco rioted after its third World Series win in five years
, including burning a f**king bus.
Seattle had plenty of reports of vandalism and bonfires
, and even damaged historic structures in the process.
Denver retaliated against police
, ultimately leading to 12 arrests. That's nothing compared to what the city did in 1999
How about the full blown riots
in Vancouver after Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? (Of special note are the details from other cities, such as the "ugly orgy of violence and looting" in Chicago after their 1992 NBA Finals win, leading to more than 1,000 arrests and $10 million in damage.
Boston isn't much better
Look, as I said, I in no way, shape, or form condone ANY acts of violence or vandalism and am sorely disappointed in any Eagles fan who participated in such acts last night. But don't give me any of this hypocritical crap that we're far and away worse than any other sports city.