Eye of the Hurricane

February 23, 2010

Superbowl fans vs Olympic Fans

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexgee22 @ 1:49 pm

In my Sports and Society class we were given an assignment to argue either the pros of having a Super Bowl or the cons. Everybody chose to argue the pros.

However, our professor asked us in class to think about the cons of the Super Bowl and major sporting events in general. Prominent in the list was the violence, drinking and bad behaviour of fans, particularly in the sports of football and Soccer.

I got to thinking as to why we don’t often see these types of fans in the Olympics.

Could it be because the Olympics are a global event, a stage upon which to demonstrate a nation’s values and beliefs. As a prestigious event, a group of English hooligans or rowdy Americans or disrupting fans from any country for that matter, will easily be spotted in the crowd and send out an undesirable image to the rest of the world.

On the other hand , if one person is acting a bit rowdy at  the Super Bowl or an FA cup final chances are its for a good reason and half the crowd are right there with you. Such events are between two teams or cities within one nation and is much more personal.

Of course it is important to bear in mind that  drinking and violence go hand in hand with football and soccer. The same can’t be said for figure skating and gymnastics.

Ultimately, I don’t think it is solely down to the types of fans that attend each of these events. I mean anyone can start a riot if they are passionate enough about a particular team or athlete winning. I think it is more to do with the fact that there is a time and a place and with the Olympics celebrating the coming together of different nations, its best the name calling and punches be left at home.



  1. I personally think its because there are only 2 teams competing in “soccer” and American football and has to do with how the crowd is segregated in the stadium and also the culture, history and pride in these two types of games. Where as athletics for the normal person in the UK, only really comes around every four years and isn’t as close to their heart as the likes of “soccer” is where it is part of the everyday person nearly every week of the year.

    Comment by Kev — February 23, 2010 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  2. I completely agree – I love the Olympics because there is an air of classiness that surrounds the entire games. Although some of the competitions can get extremely personal, I appreciate the fact that 9 times out of 10 the athletes see it is a sort of international exhibition of talent. Countries not only take pride in their own accomplishments but those of other countries as well. This sense of international unity is one of the endless reasons I anxiously await the Olympic games every two years.

    Comment by Katey Ceccarelli — February 23, 2010 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

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