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To repair all the damage done to its offices by rampaging drunks after last week's Celtics win, Lori Magno reports.

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    Celtics should donate, too

    With all the money that the Celtics made in two months of playoffs, surely they can afford (collectively and individually) to cut a check to GBLS for these repairs?

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    nope

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    ...their lawyers would never allow it, because they'd basically be taking responsibility for their fan's actions.

    If Boston police can arrest hundreds of protesters at a political convention who aren't breaking the law, they can damn well arrest a bunch of drunk frat boys smashing up stuff.

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    assuming liability

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    ...their lawyers would never allow it, because they'd basically be taking responsibility for their fan's actions.

    Are you arguing that the Celtics would assume additional liability if they made a donation to GBLS? Can you explain the basis for that reasoning?

    Let's assume GBLS does not have insurance for broken windows. Whether they own the building or rent, they have no insurance to pay for the repairs. Funny thing is, they're lawyers so if anyone knows how to extract damages from those responsible it is them.

    If I were GBLS, I send a letter to the Celtics owners and work the issue off the record. I'd also suggest the Celtics engage in a plan to manage mobs after winning championships. We've had enough experience with these situations to know it can get bad, bad enough where people die, cars are flipped and fires set.

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    No, it would be a charitable contribution

    If the Celtics corporation, or Doc Rivers, or Paul Pierce sent GBLS such a check, it would be a tax-deductible contribution to a charity. Nothing more.

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    Not just Boston

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    While I agree that the moronic behavior that took place after the Celtics win was reprehensible, this behavior is certainly not limited to Boston. Every major city (in the world) suffers riot-level destruction following a major sports team victory (or a cancelled Guns 'N Roses show).

    All-in-all the destruction following the Celtics victory was minor compared to the flipped cars, fires, and widespread looting that plagues other cities during these times.

    Not excusing or condoning the behavior…

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    Futbol?

    You should be glad you don't live in large European city after your team loses a soccer cup game.

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    or in Columbus, Ohio

    after the annual OSU-Michigan game. Doesn't seem to matter whether Ohio State wins or loses -- there's trouble afterwards.

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    Overstatement

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    C'mon, Fornya, some cities do, but every major city in the world? Really?

    No, not really. I was in Manaus, Brazil (pop. 1.5M, or 3X Boston) during the entire 2002 World Cup, and, while much celebration took place, "riot-level destruction" didn't happen.

    Okay, some chairs were thrown when the Germans put in Gerald Asamoah, and if he'd scored, there'd have been a few more, but "riot-level destruction" simply isn't universal.

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    Ooops

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    Every major city in the world save for Manaus, Brazil (pop. 1.5M, or 3X Boston).

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    You get around

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    Even more than a green line trolley.

    Amazing how you've visited every major city in the world except Manaus during a major sporting event.

    Since all I've done is lived in the most soccer-mad country in the world during the world's biggest single sporting event, which they won.

    But every major city! That handball riot in Reykjavik must have been cool!

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    Requiem for ESPN 1984

    Ah, Gareth, now you have me pining for the early days of ESPN, when the bulk of their 24 hour programming was obscure sports from odd spots all over the world. There was a classic Tank McNamera cartoon where a guy was being anonymously interviewed in a shadowy studio and confessed that he knew he was an ESPN addict when he couldn't stop himself from watching "Brazillian Rules Ice Hockey" at 2am.

    I used to get together with my high school soccer squad to watch Aussie Rules after practice and group ogle the players.

    It isn't like it used to be. You youngsters are missing out on a conucopia of global trash sport fandom.

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    You're so old!

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    You probably remember when MTV played music!

    I've always thought peculiarity made sports more interesting. Gives you something to figure out. What's he doing with that broom now?

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    Exactly!

    And those chickens on the field ... incidental spectators? Part of the game? Half-time ritual sacrifice?

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    Wide World of Sports

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    Mostly I remember the yellow jackets. And, of course, the intro with the skier exploding in a blinding ball of flame as Jim McKay (RIP) intoned, "THE AGONY OF DEFEAT" and the music got all dramatic.

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    EPIC FAIL!

    Sorry ... with that image in my mind, I couldn't resist.

    Slovenian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj actually lived through that multifamily yard sale with a concussion.

    When the Iron Curtain went down, (no kidlets, that isn't what he hit ...) he didn't know or understand why he was famous and why so many titans of sport wanted his autograph.

    Little did he know that he had become EPIC FAIL GOD.

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    Riots

    It's just over 16 years since the last (major) riots in Los Angeles. I lived there during the April 1992 episode and it pained my heart that a city still in such economic difficulty would be driven into a deeper mess because of anger over the Rodney King verdict (which was a bad verdict.)

    Those riots and the destruction that followed were borne of injustice, though no more excusable than the sporting "celebration" riots, it almost seems understandable in that context.

    What makes people want to destroy things because a sports team actually won? That is a study that must be undertaken by one of our universities because, in the words of my mother, "this has got to stop!"

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