Even Caligula had rules…

    “Son, when you participate in sporting events, its not whether you win or loose, its how drunk you get.”—Homer Simpson

Such a week in sports.

        It all started out with everyone getting upset because a white woman in a small towel offered sex to a black man in a large towel in the locker room before the Monday Night Football Game began.

        The fights broke out everywhere.

        On the basketball courts and in the basketball audience.

        On college and pro football fields alike.

        Now, look all you athletes and fans, we know that winning is indeed everything. But you can’t turn your sporting event into a WWWF Texas Cage Death Match. You can fire the coach for not winning. But you can’t punch out fans in the stands, or guys on the other team before the game begins.

        And, sure, cheerleaders do everything but lap dance on the sidelines, but you can’t go getting hysterical when the races aren’t kept separate during barely humorous locker room skits before the game.

        No matter how serious the games are, there are rules to follow.

        Even the Gladiator Games had rules. And the Gladiator Games consisted of decapitations, animals eating humans, rape and orgy scenes, as well as nifty chariot races with each side shooting arrows at the other side.

        But even Caligula instituted rules for Roman sporting events.

        So, you highly overpaid spoiled athletes, you better start behaving yourselves.

        As for the fans, generally speaking you’re not big or fast enough to fistfight with athletes. Drink your beer. Don’t waste it by throwing it around…
..bigbro

12 thoughts on “Even Caligula had rules…

  1. Poor missed entry. It was interesting to read bigbro. I guess we just aren’t big sports talkers here though.

    These guys are paid too much. That’s what I take away from these events.

  2. You have to give ‘sports talk’ sociology time to brew before it gets off the ground in popularity.

    So, let’s talk about the Age of Pericles and Classical Greece instead. And what Classical Greece has done for Western Culture.

    The Gladiator Games didn’t begin in Rome. They began in Greece. Today the original Gladiator Games of Greece are called the Olympics.

    When the truly enlightened Greeks held their games, athletes often enough fought to the death. Sure, it wasn’t mandatory that a Greek athlete die. Guess it wasn’t until the Romans evolved the games that it was made mandatory that someone die, or get raped, or get eaten by something wild on four legs with a mane.

    But the ancient classical Greek audience went wild all the same when one boxer beat another boxer to death in something that resembled an early precursor of a Texas Cage Death Match.

    All this mayhem and blooshed doesn’t in the least diminish the fact that the classical Greeks all but taught future Western society how to read and think.

    All in all, I happen to be one of those rabid fans who believes that death on the sporting field is not only something Nostradamus predicted with great accuracy about the death of France’s King Henry II in a jousting tournament, but that Thomas Harris predicted in his novel ‘Black Sunday’ (long before he wrote Silence of the Lambs) that one day an explosive laden dirigible would crash into a Super Bowl crowd……Which makes me wonder….did the 9/11 highjackers think of themselves as serious athletes bent on an adrenalin laden mission……….and how much of the blame for all of this current madness goes back to Pericles and his buddies………bigbro

  3. Being a sports fan, I’m fairly pleased at how this was dealt with by the NBA.  One year (season) suspension without pay.

    Since players are somewhat like independent contractors, the only thing close to firing them would be a ban from participation in the NBA.  I think that would have been over-the-top in this instance.

    Artest, who earns several millions dollars a year for using his physical attributes, was struck by an object thrown at him by a fan.  It’s easy to see how that could be construed as someone attempting to cause him injury.

    The league has some image problems to correct and Artest’s inappropriate response didn’t help matters.  A year’s suspension and a year’s probation sends a very strong message.

  4. Ron Artest is selling Rap CDs during his year long suspension. But given the life expectancy of rap artists versus rap artists hit men….well, Artest will most likely get out of the rap music business in time. Just in time to get back to playing basketball.

    Meanwhile, the World Wide Wrestling Federation has invited the audience to go ahead and get involved with the athletes. Such fist-to-face participation has given the NBA a lot of free publicity. More people are watching the NBA than ever before, and this during the football season. Go figure, huh?

    This past Sunday Fox Sports must have shit when Terry Bradshaw made a comment about tearing a guy’s head off and sucking his brains out……

    Which makes me want to talk about Thanksgiving dinner shared during football games……

    A post Thanksgiving holiday thought……
    ………
    After gathering with my family for Thanksgiving dinner I made this announcement: In the future the only family gatherings I will attend are funerals.

    Okay, okay. I got an Italian family. A BIG Italian family. When the family gets together for dinner it looks like an army feeding frenzy in Fallujah.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that family get-togethers are highly overrated….and depressing as all hell.

    I left the family Thanksgiving dinner, went to the beach, got with a bunch of friends at a boardwalk restaurant. We had beer, chicken wings, French fries and pizza. We got loaded and started all kinds of interesting conversations with strangers passing by on the boardwalk. We had ocean breeze. We had a good time.

    People who lament that they don’t have family to be with on the holidays…count your blessings. Find friends. Find strangers. Share fun with people in general. Never, ever count on family to make your holiday joyous……..bigbro

  5. You can be hypnotized to be a better shot (Manchurian Candidate Theory)

    Some facts about Lee Harvey Oswald: “Oswald again fired the M-1 rifle for record on 06 May 1959, and this time he shot a score of 191 on a shorter course than before, only 1 point over the minimum required to be a “marksman.”

    “According to one of his fellow marines, Oswald was not particularly interested in his rifle performance, and his unit was not expected to exhibit the usual rifle proficiency.”

    Sport’s psychology is big business today, a sport’s psychologist can help a baseball player to visualize hitting longer home runs, or to aid a professional fighter in overcoming fear, or to help a tennis professional to better visualize the ball……no telling how good a shot a man can become under hypnosis.

    A professional baseball player can be convinced he can hit the ball of pitch more accurately. A professional prize fighter can overcome his fears through sport’s psychology.

    Why not Lee Harvey Oswald becoming a better shot through hypnosis or some form of MKULTRA brainwashing technique.

    That’s not so difficult to fathom.

    What is difficult to fathom is that so many millions of people can be induced into believing that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone……bigbro

  6. Fred didn’t you have a theory on world depopulization somewhere on here? Or did I make that up? I was reading it earlier and thought there was some interesting points, but I had to stop reading cause life was interfering. Did that thread get deleted?

  7. He did, but I got annoyed by the fact that there were some 20 responses to it by mid-day of which 15 or so where just Fred slapping on more nonsense whenever a random neuron fired off in his head so I took it down. At the rate it was going he would’ve secured top spot on the list of threads with the most comments by early evening and 98% of them would’ve been him talking to himself.

  8. …….Fred didn’t you have a theory on world depopulization somewhere on here? Or did I make that up? I was reading it earlier and thought there was some interesting points, but I had to stop reading cause life was interfering. Did that thread get deleted?………..

    In fact, yes, I did. Don’t know where it went, but here it is again for you. Thanks for asking…and if you have any questions or comments you wish to direct, feel free to contact me at fredcall_akabigbro@yahoo.com . Meanwhile, here’s the previous post that was apprarently deleted……bigbro

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    How to depopulate the planet, that’s the subject.

    If there was a convenient and efficient way of depopulating the planet down to below one billion manageable subject/citizens, the Illuminati Shadow governments would have carried out the operation already. Eventually the population is going to get dramatically thinned, be it through nuclear or biological war, a great natural disaster like in the movies, or a comet or whatever. It’s going to happen. The trick for the multi-national Shadow leaders is to figure out the best way to get rid of the bodies without destroying the technological infrastructure built up by civilizations.

    Down bellow a billion people, everyone can have four houses and three cars and plenty of petrol. But if it comes down to nuclear war, hydrogen bombs have a way of demoralizing the best laid plans.

    Let’s take a look at mass insanity as a means of changing the demographics…..fred call aka bigbro

    Mass insanity
    While physical health has improved in most parts of the world over the past century, mental health is getting worse. The World Health Organization estimates that 500 million people around the world suffer from a psychological disorder. By 2020, depression will likely be the second leading cause of death and lost productivity, right behind cardiovascular disease. Increasing human life spans may actually intensify the problem, because people have more years to experience the loneliness and infirmity of old age. Americans over 65 already are disproportionately likely to commit suicide. Gregory Stock, a biophysicist at the University of California at Los Angeles, believes medical science will soon allow people to live to be 200 or older. If such an extended life span becomes common, it will pose unfathomable social and psychological challenges. Perhaps 200 years of accumulated sensations will overload the human brain, leading to a new kind of insanity or fostering the spread of doomsday cults, determined to reclaim life’s endpoint. Perhaps the current trends of depression and suicide among the elderly will continue. One possible solution- promoting a certain kind of mental well-being with psychoactive drugs such as Prozac- heads into uncharted waters. Researchers have no good data on the long-term effects of taking these medicines.

  9. this is the song that doesn’t end
    yes it goes on and on my friend
    some people started sing it not knowing what it was
    now they’ll continue singing it forever just because
    this is the song that doesn’t end…

  10. Jealous!?! What he mean jealous, know what I’m saying?
    He just mad cause he got with some ugly hoes, know what I’m saying?
    Girls don’t buy him no clothes, He bought that ho some clothes!!
    He don’t buy me no clothes, Nigga ain’t got no money, no vibe, no dick
    I mean, What do I got to be jealous for?
    He ain’t gonna make it no where, he ain’t got no type of time
    He has no career move, I mean…

    Shortly before Lennon’s death at the hands of what beyond the faintest glimmer of a shadow a doubt was a mind-controlled, “Manchurian Candidate” type assassin deployed by Tavistock/CIA/MI6, Mark Chapman to terminate a “loose cannon”, Lennon had the audacity to massively and blatantly “out” the aforementioned consortium in a Playboy interview—in which he made note of LSD’s completely unforeseen liberating impact upon human society and civilization—pretty much thumbing his nose at the whole bunch and their whole trip; AND indicating as well that he was aware of the extent to which he and other pop musicians had been set up—to be used as dupes in massive social manipulation schemes. Why Bush & the CIA Had John Lennon Killed—The Beatles, the Montauk Project, the Tavistock Institute and Mass Social Control by John Quinn

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