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NFL fans' violence: C'mon Man! It's just a game

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Violence among fans over football games is all too common and it’s a problem that needs some prompt attention by the league and fans. Last night, a scuffle took place after the Chargers and Broncos game outside Denver’s football stadium. During this scuffle, three people were stabbed and one remains in critical condition. Police stated that it wasn’t clear what set off the incident but it’s probably related to the loss by Denver but we don’t know for sure. It is actually the second violent incident that has taken place after Broncos game this month.

On Dec. 1, after the Bronco’s win against the Chiefs, a 30-year-old man died after fighting another fan.

Good work Denver, real classy.

But it’s not only Denver, this crap is everywhere and it’s not just football.

In September, a teenage fan suffered a concussion and a broken arm and nose at Candlestick Park after police say he was attacked during the 49ers’ game against Indianapolis.

The problem – fans can’t deal with their team losing. Fans assume that just because the game of football is violent, it gives them the opportunity to be violent as well.

Guess what? It’s just a game. Sure, it sucks to lose. It’s one of the worst feelings ever. For some, you spend a whole paycheck to see your favorite team in person and they let you down. You might also be heckled a bit. But is it really worth beating the crap out of somebody? Stabbing them?

The problem is embedded in the culture. The culture of masculinity that football presents.  It teaches us that is OK to be violent, and to be a “man” in the league is to destroy the other person. This, unfortunately, has made its way into being a fan.

It’s hard to change culture but there are things fans can do to eliminate this crap.

Solutions – Don’t be stupid and remember it’s just a game. You don’t like the outcome of a game?  Find a better coping mechanism than stabbing someone.

Find a tree to chop down, leave an angry voicemail with the league office, or maybe  quit watching the game of football altogether because the league is already full of enough a-holes as it is. We don’t need another one.

Point is, it’s just a game. It’s nothing worth changing someone’s life over in a negative way.

Enjoy the games this weekend.

Leave your weapons at home.

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