TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following Alabama's 52-24 victory over Ohio State on Monday night, large crowds of people took to the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate the program's 18th national title in history.
Roll Tide? Not quite.
Tweets using the hashtag "#RollCOVID" began to surface following the festivities that resulted in at least 14 arrests, most for public intoxication, according to Tuscaloosa police chief Brent Blankley. Mayor Walt Maddox said the crowd was in the thousands.
Monday night's events following the College Football Playoff national championship received backlash on social media — some even called it a "super-spreader" event.
On the other hand, one user said we should "let them enjoy this one."
Alabama fans packed the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 national championship win against Ohio State. (Photo: JAMES BENEDETTO VIA STORYFUL)
Fans flooded the streets, eschewing any protocols in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no social distancing, very little mask wearing and the revelers were out for hours.
Early Monday, fans lined up outside of bars waiting to get in to watch coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide make history. They did so with no social distancing and again, little mask wearing.
A sampling of Tweets about the post-Alabama win celebration:
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The Alabama Crimson Tide won its 18th national title on Monday night, so OF COURSE fans flooded the streets of Tuscaloosa with no masks, and no social distancing, during the largest spike yet for the coronavirus.
Roll Covid.✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/GrAy4ujbKE
No 😷 in sight 😬 #RollCovidhttps://t.co/AuRlhZy2Sr
Why are people like this? In the midst of a dark pandemic winter, this could have been celebrated in your house. Only the NBA has done this right. #RollCovidhttps://t.co/FVkH5XrUbh
Yes I wanted to win… but at least we don’t have. #rollcovid situation this morning in Columbus (and we would have, don’t kid yourself) ugh
After seeing pics from Tuscaloosa last night I’ve decided that, when it comes to the Super Bowl, I’m rooting for whichever team is less likely to have their fans cause a super spreader event.
Pretty sure the next Covid hotspot’s going to be in Tuscaloosa, but I’m sure the fans think it’s worth it #RollTide #RollCovid
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