October 20, 2006, - 11:54 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Looks like former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson got one too many brain concussions on the field.
McPherson, executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, is blaming last Saturday’s violent, stomping brawl between Miami and Florida International University football players on the War in Iraq! HUH?
Violent thugs who don’t belong in college beat each other, stomp on each other, etc., and this is somehow because of our being in Iraq. Puh-leeze. (And he blames it on masculinity. Actually, real masculinity would mean walking away.)
Here’s the pyschobabble quote from today’s USA Today Sports Section’s “Pooch Kicks and Pancakes” column, in which every excuse in the book is given for unbridled, unwarranted wilding and thuggery:
I think we’ve long talked about this generation and the impact of video games and film and the media and even the war. I think you’re looking at a generation of young men where violence is the norm. It’s seen as a way of maintaining your masculine stature. . . . It’s about winning the masculinity battle, the tough-guy battle.
I wonder how our men fighting in Iraq feel that they are being blamed for a violent fight between at least 31 over-privileged, coddled goons on a Miami football field.
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