Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/06/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Hypocrisy !!!!!
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 13:58:28 EDT

In a message dated 6/22/02 12:02:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> This is soccer, people are getting all in a snit about, right? That GAME in
>  which one group of alleged adults chases a ball around a field trying to
>  kick said ball in a big net, while another group of alleged adults attempts
>  to prevent the ball from getting into the net?
>  Why, oh why, oh why, does anyone care? Unless, of course, they have a close
>  friend who plays on one of the teams?

Come on, brother Colen. And the game where someone throws two pieces of 
horsehide wrapped around a cork center and another someone tries to hit it 
with a wooden stick; and a very hard rubber disk pursued by grownups - and 
children - on skates, on ice and with curved sticks, who try to put it into a 
net; and a large round ball that people try to put into a net ten feet high 
while others try to stop it; and people mounted on horses who pursue another 
hard ball with mallets on the end of a long flexible stick to strike it 
between two white posts. 

It's human competition and as social conduct it ain't a bad substitute for 
armed conflict.

Mind you, my response is no condonation of the brutish behavior of many 
soccer (football) fans around the world. That is outrageous and should be 
dealt with as harshly as necessary to stop it (well, I suppose I would stop 
short of capital punishment!!). 

But don't condemn sports or games nor the folks who attach national pride and 
importance to the outcomes. 

BTW, ever watch a Formula One Grand Prix race? While Mika Hakkinen - two-time 
world champion - was racing, fans frantically waved Finnish flags at each of 
his races; and Scottish flags (!!) for David Coultard and German flags for 
Michael Schumacher etcet.

Best regards,

Seth          LaK 9
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