Mad Dog and Really Mad Men

Well, it looks as though Mad Dog Qaddafi is about to join the ranks of the unemployed, or enter the chapter eternal, as they like to say in the college frat biz. And from what I could tell from TV reports while chasing the treadmill belt early this a.m., he went out with more of a whimper than a bang.

Wonder if he had already made his reservation for an extended stay at the Caracas Holiday Inn?

In any event, let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed that the new leaders in Libya really do have some commitments to political and personal freedom.  We’ll see.

Next in the high stakes game of international regime change?

Bashar al-Assad, come on down.

Let’s hope that he decides to go with a whimper rather than with a bang. Syria appears to have some military muscle that might make things a little more dicey in that country if and when fundraisers for the Arab Spring come knocking on the palace door.

And talking about really mad men, what’s up with the shootings and brawls at the San Francisco-Oakland football game over the weekend? Good grief. It’s just football — and a preseason game at that.

Here’s from the NYT, “In California, a Second Episode of Fan Violence“:

For the second time in less than five months, officials in California are investigating a violent event involving sports fans, after two people were shot Saturday in the parking lot of Candlestick Park in San Francisco following a professional football game.

The shootings occurred after a National Football League preseason game in which the 49ers defeated the Raiders, 17-3. A 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and another man in his 20s was hospitalized with less serious wounds, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Details of the shootings and names of the victims have not been released by the police.

The shootings follow a confrontation at a baseball game in March when a San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after opening day. Two Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been charged.

Experts say that fan violence — especially postgame, perhaps aggravated by alcohol — can play out in parking lots and out of the view of stadium security, sometimes to deadly effect.

“There is a culture of aggression and masculinity that permeates out onto the fans,” said William Wiener, a sports psychologist in private practice in Manhattan.

“Having a conflict and not backing down seems more appropriate in this environment for some,” he said. “It becomes an outlet for their life’s aggression.”

This type of mayhem is commonplace at soccer matches throughout the world. Do we really want to see that happen in this country?

Folks, c’mon. Get a grip. It’s American football, a game being played by well-paid mercenaries employed by corporations that get tax breaks way beyond anything available to other businesses.

And as we’ve seen during this Arab Spring, there are plenty of people willing to put their life at risk for what they believe in — but I can guarantee that a sporting event is not worth taking a belly full of lead or possibly dying in a parking lot for.

Just sayin’.



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