A History of Sports Brawls

I’m not sure what came over me, perhaps it’s living in Chicago, and knowing how insane sports fans are here, or perhaps it’s my interest in the history of organized forms of violence, but I went ahead and checked out the video of the basketball brawl down in Indy.

The Evil Kameron part of me was like: “Dude, that’s so cool.”

I pulled my liberal self together and banished the thought. Check out this history of US sports brawls at SI.

As somebody with a background in the history of warfare, I’m fascinated by violence in sports when instigated by what are “supposed” to be “passive participants” (though every sports geek will tell you otherwise). I’m wondering, with the red/blue divide in the country reaching an all-time freak-out level, will we see more fan brawls at sports outings and more sportsmen blowing each other away?

I mean, afterall, we’re all just taking a cue from Our Fearless Leader.

I want data.

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