Fans of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles erupted Sunday night; celebrating their stunning Super Bowl victory by setting fires, smashing storefronts, and flipping cars just minutes after winning the National Football League’s Big Game.
Footage of the carnage surfaced in social media at approximately 11pm, with unruly fans looting a downtown Macy’s department store and police officers guarding turned-over vehicles throughout the city to avoid injuries.
— Sol Betesh (@solomanbetesh) February 5, 2018
— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) February 5, 2018
People yelling “Everything is free,” looting, trashing this gas station. Damn it, Philly we better than this. pic.twitter.com/WecXaAmrFh
— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) February 5, 2018
Another disturbing video shows fans climbing onto the street awning of the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton Hotel; eventually collapsing under the weight and spilling countless people into the streets below.
30 people on this little awning… why not??!? pic.twitter.com/0bqBgYSKcA
— Barstool Heartland (@barstoolhrtland) February 5, 2018
The impromptu melee was a fitting end to the NFL’s disastrous 2017 season; a year which saw furious fans abandon the league in droves as professional athletes routinely disrespected the US national anthem and flag.
SUPER BOWL SHOCKER: NFL’s Big Game DROPS to EIGHT-YEAR- LOW
The National Football League’s disastrous 2017 season concluded Sunday night; with television ratings dropping to an eight-year low after months of player protests took its toll on furious fans across the country.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the national anger over professional athletes “taking a knee” during the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ continued into this weekend’s highly anticipated match-up between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles; two highly competitive US sports markets.
“Sunday’s Super Bowl LII also saw a decline of 5% in metered market results from the last time NBC had the big game back on February 1, 2015 when the Patriots faced off against then champs the Seattle Seahawks. Overall, last night’s game peaked in the high stakes fourth quarter with 52.2/74,” writes Deadline.
“All in all, Super Bowl LII is currently the lowest rated since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints thrashed the Indianapolis Colts on CBS,” the site adds.
The NFL’s 2017 season was marred with scandals and controversies after protesting players routinely kneeled during the US national anthem. The President weighed-in on the issue last year, calling for a national boycott until officials banned political demonstrations on the field.
SUPER BOWL SHOCKER: Over 16% of NFL Fans PLAN Big Game BOYCOTT
The NFL’s Super Bowl is just days away and it’s already shaping up to be a total disaster; with a new shock poll finding 16% of self-described football fans plan to change-the-channel instead of watching the big game this weekend.
A new poll released by Seton Hall University finds that 16% of fans who follow the National Football League “very closely” will not watch this season’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The poll did not ask those who say they won’t watch what their reasons are, but the political controversy that overshadowed this football season is almost surely a contributing factor,” writes Yahoo! News.
“The poll did ask people if they approved, disapproved or had no opinion about NFL players who protested during the playing of the National Anthem throughout the season. 46% of people said they disapproved of the protests,” the site adds.
The surprising poll is raising alarm bells throughout the NFL as owners and officials struggle to regain furious fans after a disastrous 2017 season. Television viewership reached record lows throughout the year after months of protesting players and political controversies.
Industry experts say professional athletes “taking a knee” during the national anthem has cost the league upwards of $500 million.