Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Ugly Parent Syndrome

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Listen to this:

A 42-year-old German man was so enraged by a foul during a boys' soccer match that he invaded the pitch and felled the 8-year-old culprit with a karate kick, then jumped on him, police said on Wednesday.
"It seems likely the man was related to the player who was fouled, but it's not entirely clear at this point," said a spokesman for police in the southwestern town of Hassloch.

Other spectators, mostly parents of the children playing in the indoor match, piled in behind the angry spectator to restrain him and prevent any serious injuries to the boy.

The boy suffered bruising and grazes but was otherwise unharmed, police said. It was unclear if the man would be charged over the incident, the spokesman said.

Come again?

Don't think, ah, those German soccer nutcases , check this out:

I’ve always liked that thought, that “sports is the toy department of life.” But it isn’t anymore. In New Jersey two weeks ago, 65 parents, coaches and kids got into a brawl during a football game. One parent was arrested for assault. The kids were 7th and 8th graders.

In Philadelphia, a father pulled a gun on his son’s football coach. He was angry about how little playing time his son was getting. The kids on the team are 11 and 12 years old

want more examples?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that crazy stuff only happened here in California? It's definitely a societal problem. Every soccer mom and football dad thinks their offspring will become a famous, multimillionaire athlete. Instead of letting their children enjoy sports as a diversion, the parents try to live their dreams through them. Sick.

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