Niagara Gazette


July 16, 2013

MROZIAK: A reminder for some: They're just games


Niagara Gazette — Fortunately, we've not seen any of these extremes at local sports events. However, go to a Bills game and you can see the guys in the yellow security jackets are kept quite busy on any given Sunday.

All of the harsh examples you've just read are, luckily, still just isolated incidents. In the vast majority of sporting events that happen around the world, most folks leave the stadium alive to look forward to their favorite team's next opportunity to win. 

There's still a lesson to be learned from those sensational few examples, though. 

We may gawk in horror at some of the violence at sporting events in other parts of the world. Do not think, though, that it cannot happen here. It has.

USA Hockey, in cooperation with Hockey Canada, had a fantastic public awareness campaign a few years back that reminded parents and other fans, "Relax, it's just a game." 

Indeed, it's not worth losing your head. Or your freedom.

Follow Niagara Gazette Sports Editor Michael Mroziak on Twitter at MrozGazette

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