More than 100,000 fans packed Atlanta’s Truist Park this weekend for a three-game series between the Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies as the Georgia stadium returned the largest crowds since the start of the pandemic open at 100 percent capacity.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nearly 40,000 fans nearly sold out the stadium both Friday and Saturday night, with nearly 30,000 in attendance Sunday.
Meanwhile, between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, more than 70,000 people broke the record of attendance for an indoor boxing match between Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Masks were encouraged, but not required.
The previous record had stood at just more than 63,000 set in 1978 when Muhammed Ali beat Leon Spinks at the New Orleans Superdome.
Fauci said by Mother’s Day 2022 we could be back to “some form of normal”…
AT&T Stadium in Texas last night pic.twitter.com/mVzAMbRkLy
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) May 9, 2021
On the same day boxing fans in Texas roared towards normalcy, America’s supposed parent on coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who runs the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Americans might be “as close to back to normal as we can” for next year’s Mother’s Day in another 12 months. The same doctor championed “two weeks to slow the spread” 14 months ago, though shortly after said the quiet part out loud, that under his purview, the world would never return to normal.
“If ‘back to normal’ means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Fauci said at an April 2020 White House press briefing, until the arrival of a vaccine “where you can completely protect the population.”
Now that vaccines are here however, Fauci has only doubled-down on demands for lockdown, holding nothing to gain and everything to lose with the erasure of restrictions, and with it, the loss of his television role as the arbiter of science. On Sunday, Fauci encouraged mask-wearing to become a permanent fixture of American life.
Americans who remain in free states however, relieving themselves of Fauci’s partisan commentary have moved on while Fauci pretends millions of Americans outside the beltway don’t live their lives in perpetual fear of the virus with vaccines available to those who want them.