As noted on Deadspin earlier today, the Maryland Terrapins won the national title last night in women’s basketball, and the victory was followed by some significant rioting on the Maryland campus. A woman was hit by a car and seriously injured, a bunch of students attempted to turn over a bus, fires were set, etc.
There was no major damage, apparently, so I’m not going to make that big a deal about it, but… the behavior of those involved is just ridiculous. I’m not anti-celebration. Go nuts. You can have a bonfire… but you can’t just start tearing shit down and setting it on fire at random locations. It is not OK to turn over a bus because you’re happy about women’s basketball.Â Although you know when Trey Wingo heard about the rioting, she thought, “Another positive step for women’s college basketball.Â We’re really gaining ground.”
And that’s my point. I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the people who are genuinely happy about the victory are the ones lighting things on fire and trying to tip over a bus. These people are not happy about women’s basketball. These are not fans cheering. These are jagoffs who want an excuse to act like a completel fuckhead and just start destroying things… because I know damn well they don’t care that much about women’s basketball. Half of them probably didn’t even know what they were out there celebrating… but sure, pushing over a bus sounds like fun, so they did it.
To those who were that excited about the women’s basketball victory that they run around jumping and screaming… that’s kinda weird, but congratulations. To those who just felt like causing some destruction… you belong in prison.