Tuesday, June 07, 2005
The good professor does point out that some of the more anti-social habits of soccer fans elsewhere have not manifested themselves here in the USA even as the sport's popularity has grown, hooliganism being the most obvious example.
Let us hope that remains the case. For readers interested in a fascinating book about that particular British phenomenon, let me recommend Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. The author spent some time with a football fan club and got to experience their antics up close. It makes one appreciate being able to attend a sporting event in this country, perhaps even wearing the colors of the opposition, without having a bottle broken over one's head.
I think it has to do with what Dr. Peter F. Rowbotham calls "a system of honor that is an alternative to mainstream moral orders," as blogged here:
The importance of being noticed
Oh, sweet mystery of life . . .
'Have taken the liberty of adding your comment to my Kudos over at the blog (speaking of systems of honor that are alternatives to mainstream moral orders). :)
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