Are sports fanatics less civilized?

I know I’m going to get a volley of green wood from sports fans, but I don’t care, I’m asking the question anyway…

Why do sports competitions so often give rise to skids? Riots, vandalism?

What’s the deal?

The supporters are unable to contain their emotions?

Are sports fans more chauvinistic than the average bear? More belligerent, more fanatical?

QUICKLY, LET’S BREAK WINDOWS!

In 2006, Turkish writer Orthan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

And in the same year, English filmmaker Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Did packs of Turkish and English supporters storm the streets and smash windows?

Did the fans throw bricks at the police?

Did they get so drunk they lost all judgment?

Why are it always sports competitions that give rise to these unsightly scenes?

I am of course talking about the slippages committed on the Champs-Élysées after the victories of Morocco and France at the World Cup.

But not only.

Because this kind of slippage is not specific to the supporters of these football teams.

It is an international phenomenon.

Think of British hooligans.

Or to the Canadiens supporters who smashed windows when their team won the Stanley Cup in…

In what, already? 1922? 1945?

Stupidity and savagery have no flag.

If there is something that is fairly shared in this world, it’s bullshit.

Especially among sports fans.

WHAT DOES IT CHANGE ?

I may be deficient, I may be missing a gene (that of sports fervor), but I don’t understand this kind of fanaticism.

Your country has won the World Cup or the F1 Championship.

Yes, so… and then?

What does it give you, to you?

Will your living conditions improve?

Let’s say that Quebec has its national hockey team, and that team wins the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

I would be happy, of course, as I was happy when Jacques Villeneuve made Michael Schumacher bite the dust in 1997.

Or when Canada beat the Russians in 1972.

But what would that change concretely in Quebec?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

It’s like announcing that sales of poutine surpassed those of fries.

What do you want me to do?

I love the cinema. When Denys Arcand won the Oscar for best foreign film with The Barbarian InvasionsI was delighted, of course.

I cried out in the living room.

But, hey, I didn’t say to Sophie: “Come on, let’s take the float and go for a walk in the streets of Montreal, honking the horn until three o’clock in the morning!”

“And you, bring a baseball bat, we’re going to blow up a couple of trash cans…”

MISPLACED PRIDE

Yes, I know, sport is emotional. It’s festive. It’s gregarious.

But calm down, damn it!

If the pride of your people rests on the result of a football match, ask yourself questions…

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Are sports fanatics less civilized?