Public Violence^W^WSport

Watching the news this evening we inadvisably didn't skip past the sports news. So we were treated to a montage of so-called sports people punching and elbowing each other on the field.


The footage was somewhat reminiscent of the CCTV footage that is sometimes shown on the news after there has been a fight or bashing at a pub or club.

A major difference though, is that news of a bashing at a pub or club is usually followed with details of someone being arrested and some time later of them being convicted and going to jail.

Olympic Cheats

As was probably unavoidable, in the week or so leading up to the olympics there were stories of drug cheats being found out and banned.

What strikes me as somewhat odd is that the news shows managed to get clips of Australian athletes condemning these drug cheats.

Australian athletes, who only have the help of their own efforts and a multi-million dollar government funded high tech research agency, to win as many gold medals as possible to reinforce nationalistic pride. In what way is that NOT cheating?