Unfortunately, violence has become a part of everyday life in our world. It can be witnessed in many forms and of different proportions in numerous situations. Never, under any circumstances is violence good. When one thinks of violence, thoughts may arise of war, people committing violent acts against others, domestic violence within families, and not to mention the abundance of television shows and movies that are packed with sadistic, yet entertaining violence of all sorts. Over the past couple of decades there has been an increased concern regarding the spread of violence throughout our realm and in our homes. However, one area in which violence has had such heavy influence is within sports. To analyze violence in sports, one
Last season Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks dropped Colorado Avalanche rookie Steve Moore from behind causing Moore to suffer three broken vertebrae in his neck and a concussion. Some say that hockey actually made Bertuzzi do what he did. Though Bertuzzi acted out of rage, it was really nothing more than what hockey taught him and literally hundreds of thousands of kids to do over the past fifty years. I have played hockey for well over half of my life and I know this to be true; it is the nature of the sport. Violence is conditioned into all of us in different ways and to different degrees. Those who say Hockey made Bertuzzi do it, do have a point. It is the same in the streets and households across the country. If a child is constantly faced with violence in their home, they will no doubt grow up to be more violent than the child who did not experience such living. This goes for anyone and in all areas of life. Violence is a vicious cycle and is very close to impossible to stop or even cut down. The more one is conditioned to violence, the more violent a person they will become.
How does one justify violence in the sports we have come to love? One of the most interesting aspects of sports violence is that which is committed by the fan. Not only is violence committed by athletes, but at times sport fans can get so caught up and emotionally charged by rooting for their home team and things end up getting out of hand. The best examples of this