TAMPA — Even a continent away, the unrest in Manchester looks vaguely familiar.
A beloved sports franchise run by unpopular and tone-deaf owners? Been there, booed that.
There may not be another sports market in the world that has seen cheaper (CULVERHOUSE!), less fan-friendly (NAIMOLI!), more clueless (KOULES!) franchise owners than Tampa Bay.
So, yeah, we feel the pain of Manchester United fans worldwide.
We just can’t support it.
If the Glazer family is universally reviled by soccer fans in the UK, it is mostly respected by football fans in the bay area. Two Super Bowl trophies, a handful of Hall of Famers and three years’ worth of Tom Brady will do that for an ownership group.
Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the Glazers are adored in Tampa Bay. Let’s face it, it’s hard to love someone who acts like there is not enough Purell in the world to shake your hand.
But when it comes to qualities we seek in our franchise owners, the Glazers have a decent report card. They have, for the most part, spent money. They have stayed in the shadows and avoided unnecessary meddling. They have been at the forefront of minority hirings. They have given back to the community.
(If it wasn’t for that 12-year playoff drought, you might have even talked me into getting matching Joel and Bryan tattoos.)
So why the disconnect?
How come fans in England are…