Readers, tonight I’d like to call you to arms.
If you’ve seen recent baseball highlights, you’ll know the story of Bryan Stow. “Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, remains in a coma after he was attacked by two men wearing Dodger gear after the team’s season opener last week. He has shown signs of brain damage, according to family members.” (Los Angeles Daily News) Part of his skull had to be removed to allow for swelling.
I realize that there are many people who read these posts because you’re fans of the Winterhawks, and as a player, I know how intense and passionate fans can become. This being said, I know that fights can break out among fans during games. Both parties are usually aware of what’s going to happen and I’m all for some healthy rivalry between team supporters. This instance was a disgrace. Currently there is a $100,000 reward for the capture of the two suspects. I’d hope anyone reading this is smarter than the two Neanderthals responsible. The issue I’d like to bring up is what I started with.
Before this starts, I’d like to clarify some things. I am not a writer, I have not a degree of any level in literature, composition, or journalism. But if I was, I’d take my job pretty seriously. I fear that columnist John Steigerwald is in the wrong profession. Steigerwald, who writes every Sunday for the Observer-Reporter, published an article on the 10th titled “Know when you’ve outgrown the uniform.” Read it here http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/steigstory/04-10-2011-Steigerwald
First thing I noticed, he incorrectly references the victim as Bryan Snow. Classy. Suddenly, Steigerwald decides to take the side of the attackers. The man has the GALL and INSENSITIVITY to openly blame the Stow’s naivety for being ruthlessly attacked. Wow.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?