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Vicious Tyrant
11-25-2004, 04:37 AM
Here's an article from a non-sports related site, MSN's SLATE:

http://www.slate.com/id/2110079/

A few snippets:

"Rather than acknowledge that the brawl was a freak occurrence—and a funny one to boot—the sports commentariat have heralded the apocalypse and rapturously praised NBA Commissioner David Stern's predictably harsh suspensions."

"I haven't met, nor can I even imagine, someone who actually feels harmed by what happened. If the players had beaten somebody bloody or unconscious or worse, everyone in the bar would have stopped cheering. That we're thrilled by the occasional flash of violence in sports doesn't mean we're one step away from prime-time cockfights. Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote that the fight showed that "America in general and American sports in particular" are at the same stage as Rome when it was overrun by the "lean and hungry subjects of the Empire." If this is the first sign of the apocalypse, then the ride to hell will be pretty smooth."


I'll admit, this has not been my take, but it made me think.

stipo
11-25-2004, 10:41 AM
Great take, although some of the members might have to Google "Roman Empire"

Vicious Tyrant
11-25-2004, 11:53 AM
"Roman Empire"...hmmm, weren't those the guys that invented vomitoriums?