TAMPA — I fear this is our fault. The anger? The protests? The postponement of Manchester United’s Premier League game Sunday due to fan rioting? All Tampa Bay’s fault.
Turns out, we did a poor job of raising the Glazers to be responsible owners.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking. You can only do so much. You give your owners hundreds of millions of dollars for a stadium, sponsorships, season tickets and a practice facility, then you set them loose on the world and hope for the best.
But the truth is, we spoiled the Glazers.
We kept buying tickets and watching on TV despite their remarkably aloof ways. We may have griped and moaned during the lean years, but we cheered and partied the rest of the time. If they wanted to be reclusive and secretive, that was fine by Tampa Bay so long as they kept bringing in a Tony Dungy or a Jon Gruden or a Bruce Arians to lead us to the postseason.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in England. Or, specifically, in Manchester.
Banners near the stadium as fans protest against the Glazer family, owners of Manchester United, before their Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday. [ BARRINGTON COOMBS | Associated Press ]
Unlike the Buccaneers, Manchester United had a glorious history before the Glazers bought the franchise in 2005. That means instead of rescuing the team from potential…