Notes: We all saw the National Basketball Association [N.B.A.] brawl over the weekend that started with shoving between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. I saw it over and over and over again. I was like everyone else who watched it -- Wow, look at that punch ... lemme see it again. I know the league has to get control, but I'm not able to get into the gravitas of the TV guys talking about it. The fans asked for it, the players asked for it, and besides these are huge, talented, athletic guys on steroids paid millions to be aggressive. Moreover, you know that the fans who were on TV during the fight are gleefully talking about it in bars -- Hey, didya see me shove that big guy? -- and their relatives are all taping it for the family. Here's the New York Times story on the N.B.A. brawl.

The above paragraph came from my other project, The Illustrated Daily Scribble, where I dealt with this subject earlier but from a very different angle. In the Scribble, I had some fun with the Bush team brawl in Chile and linked the two. Caution, some Cheney-style language.


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