The problem, however, was that many of them did so without masks — clearly ignoring safety warnings amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States is averaging more than 120,000 new cases of the coronavirus a day, according to The New York Times — which is significantly down from the 230,000 a day the country was reporting a month ago. Nearly 3,000 people are still dying each day due to the virus, however.
Florida has recorded more than 1.7 million cases — the third-most behind only California and Texas.
The Buccaneers rolled over the Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night to secure their second Super Bowl win. Tom Brady picked up his seventh NFL title, a league record, and his fifth Super Bowl MVP award in the process.
Bucs celebration not unique
Though the celebration in Tampa may not be the safest idea amid the ongoing pandemic, their reaction isn’t unique. Several other groups of fans have also ignored coronavirus warnings to celebrate championships or other big wins over the past year.
Both Dodgers and Lakers fans celebrated in Los Angeles after their respective titles last year, and Alabama students stormed the streets in Tuscaloosa — after packing the bars earlier in the day — following their championship in the College Football Playoffs last month. North Carolina students even packed the streets in Chapel Hill on Saturday night after beating Duke.
So while Buccaneers fans’ decision to ignore coronavirus warnings and celebrate the title isn’t original after their Super Bowl win, that doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous.
Super Bowl LV from Yahoo Sports: