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Mark Rauterkus

I live on the South Side. The worst here was the two night lead up for the Super Bowl, not the night of the victory.

Years before, there was a wild time after the Pens won The Cup. A semi truck -- a BP Gaoline Tanker -- was stuck in the mob and a dozen or so went onto the truck and were swinging the stop lights at the intersection -- as the traffic inched along. Kegs were on the sidewalk. One or two officers for the entire South Side -- while officers were at every corner downtown -- without a soul to be found.

I went to Ohio U, a school that can make IUP look like the minor leagues. OU had spring riots every year I was there -- just for the hell of it. These riots were sorta in memory of the time of Viet Nam War Protests. Kent State's killings could have easily been in Athens. Have you ever seen those 'wooden knee knockers?'

Thanks for your blog article.

I do think that "release valves" need to be a part of the landscape.

Yesterday's marches seemed to have been healthy, thankfully. The days of a tailgate, protest, assembly, march, riot, and drunken mob are not going to be things of the past. I feel that they are here to stay.

sean mcdaniel

for what it's worth....

when steve stills wrote his classic 1960s protest song — for what it's worth — students protesting the closing of a club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip served as inspiration. The reason for the shutdown and ensuing unrest? A clampdown on underage drinking.

ain't it strange that even after changes things are more or less the same? (sorry for mixing a little paul simon in the musical allusions.)

riots and mob behavior are pretty much the same — whatever the cause. actually, the stuff that happens after a super bowl victory (or other sports celebration) seems mild compared to the "race" riots of the 1960s. The steelers win and the party's over in a couple hours. But the mayhem over something like the Rodney King verdict rages on for days...with far more damaging and deadly results. If people are posing some sort of choice, I'll take the happy mob any day.

Sam, I really respect your opinion, but do you listen much music? You wrote that "Officials have banned incendiary fight songs such as “Rock and Roll Two,” the lyrics of which threaten to visit physical violence upon the opposition." You might know some other version of this Gary Glitter gem, but the only lyrics I could find for this rabble rousing tune are as follows:

Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.
Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.
Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.

Seriously, do those words frigthen you?

sean mcdaniel

for what it's worth....

when steve stills wrote his classic 1960s protest song — for what it's worth — students protesting the closing of a club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip served as inspiration. The reason for the shutdown and ensuing unrest? A clampdown on underage drinking.

ain't it strange that even after changes things are more or less the same? (sorry for mixing a little paul simon in the musical allusions.)

riots and mob behavior are pretty much the same — whatever the cause. actually, the stuff that happens after a super bowl victory (or other sports celebration) seems mild compared to the "race" riots of the 1960s. The steelers win and the party's over in a couple hours. But the mayhem over something like the Rodney King verdict rages on for days...with far more damaging and deadly results. If people are posing some sort of choice, I'll take the happy mob any day.

Sam, I really respect your opinion, but do you listen much music? You wrote that "Officials have banned incendiary fight songs such as “Rock and Roll Two,” the lyrics of which threaten to visit physical violence upon the opposition." You might know some other version of this Gary Glitter gem, but the only lyrics I could find for this rabble rousing tune are as follows:

Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.
Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.
Ba na na na... Hey! Ba na na.

Seriously, do those words frigthen you?

sean mcdaniel

Sam, sorry about the double post. your site was timing out a lot last night. I wasn't sure if the first send made it. Feel free to delete one.

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