Everyone predicted two things when it came to Super Bowl LV — that Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady would find a way to get it done with his new team, and that the maskless Buccaneers victory celebration that followed would serve as a “super spreader” of COVID-19.
Only one of those things came true.
“Thousands of maskless Tampa fans flooded the streets, celebrating the Super Bowl win while risking a super spreader event,” read a headline from The Washington Post.
“Tampa’s maskless Super Bowl celebration leads to super spreader fears,” cowered The Huffington Post.
But two weeks later, there’s no evidence that any of that happened, as the data shows cases are actually down in Tampa and surrounding areas since the big game.
One reporter, from CNN no less, actually asked police at the large gathering what they were going to do about those who celebrated without a mask. Just for effect, she wore two masks when posing her question.
The media has made these sorts of dire predictions so often because, as we all know, fear sells. But when those predictions are proven wrong, those same outlets almost always resort to utter silence … often followed by more fear-mongering.
Truth doesn’t generally factor into the equation, and so far, the truth about the Super Bowl celebrations is it has resulted in a whole lot of nothing.