Social media was aflame with contentious debate as a local supporters group revealed a banner containing the single word “Good.” at a soccer match this weekend. Detractors were outraged at what they saw as a deeply divisive message inappropriately cutting the lines between sports and politics, while the tifo’s backers insisted the message was about clear cut human rights and that such issues are fundamental to what it means to be a supporter.
“This is the kind of blind liberal bias you see in snowflake groups like this,” responded season ticket holder Wyatt Brondiewicz of the polemical display. “When you see a message like ‘Good.’ it is clearly coming from the mouths of people who don’t understand the issue at all, who want to use their roles in these organizations as a platform to air their own misinformation and biases. It’s sickening. For generations, my family has derived its heritage and its pride and ‘Good.’ was no part of that. You want to disrespect my traditions? Keep it to yourself.”
Others did not take issue with the message itself, but didn’t feel that game day was the time to display potentially divisive messaging. “In truth, I actually think ‘Good.’ is a good thing,” remarked Brent Estervich. “I don’t mind donating my time or money to ‘Good.’ causes, and I will vote for pro-‘Good.’ candidates frequently. But for ninety minutes, I just come to the stadium to leave all that behind and enjoy myself alongside others. This isn’t the place for aggressive political displays, but rather it should be a place that brings people together in support of one cause: the home team.”
Of course, the ‘Good.’ banner had many proponents, as well. “You cannot separate politics and sports, no matter how much you want to believe it’s possible,” observed Aiden Stanger, a member of the oft-maligned ‘Yes.’ Ultras supporters group. “The truth is that many of the players on the field would not even be there if it were not for ‘Good.’ and, and the end of the day, issues like ‘Good.’ are far more important than a bunch of grown men kicking around a ball. I’m proud to stand by my brothers and sisters who benefit from ‘Good.’ each and every day.”
As debate raged about the ‘Good.’ banner, uproar already had begun over the supporters’ decisions to fly a flag before the next home game which would read ‘Soccer.’