Fanaticus Dramaticus: The Rage Page

Fanaticus Dramaticus: The Rage Page

June 10, 2015

Did you know NBA fans have an ugly history when it comes to rioting after the Finals?

Watch the story reported by T.J.Quinn and produced by me by clicking here.

Here’s  the discussion segment we both participated in that ran after:

And the discussion after the discussion known as  OTL Extra:


June 05, 2015

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Join me at this really cool storytelling event. I’m on stage with people who are way funnier than I am.

Click here for more info

Friday, June 5th
Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Main Reading Room 7:00pm


June 04, 2015



What’s with the Tampa Bay Lightning  and how they treat visiting fans?

Fanaticus Dramaticus already detailed how the Lightning  only sell playoff tickets to fans with a Florida zip code in order to preserve “a hometown environment.”

Now for the Stanley Cup, they have enacted an apparel ban. Really.  In certain sections of Amalie Arena, fans are prohibited from wearing Blackhawk gear, again in the name of that “hometown environment.”


Makes me want to root for Chicago. In another unconditional show of fan support, Patriots fans are stepping up big time for their beleaguered QB. Fans of the New England superstar QB don’t believe for a second he’s a guilty party in the Deflategate scandal are showing their unwavering support in life, death and drinks.

One bar in Massachusetts is hawking “Free Tom Brady” beer.

Newlyweds Paul and Kellie Goodrow say they have postponed their honeymoon until Brady’s suspension is lifted.  They  put off a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bermuda in a show of solidarity with the signal caller.

The predicament even made it into a fan’s obituary. Patricia Shong of Auburn, Massachusetts passed away at the age of 72 but presumably in both life and in death was a huge Brady fan.  One of the final lines of the tribute reads,  “She would like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!!”

Brady’s appeal  of his four game suspension is set for June 23rd.  I’d hate to see  how fans respond if that appeal goes nowhere.


Photo credit: Stannate CC license


May 23, 2015

ESPN investigative reporter and producer Gubar delivers a well-researched and shocking look at “extreme fanaticism” throughout sports history, exploring what leads “seemingly unremarkable people to abandon societal norms and act out in unimaginable ways.”

Click here for the full review.



May 18, 2015

Vulgar hecklers pay the price in Canada after a reporter at a Toronto FC match refuses to back down when harassed. Beware lewd language in the clip.

Definitely NSFW considering the language got one guy fired and another guy reportedly on the chopping block. The filter-lacking fans also face a stadium ban.

While the Toronto police won’t be filing charges against the men, Calgary police charged someone for hurling the same obscenity at a reporter after a hockey game. The fired guy did send an apology to the reporter which she called genuine.

Meanwhile in Argentina at one of the all time great rivalries known as the Superclasico, Boca Juniors fans pepper spray River Plate players and get their team expelled from the Copa Libertadores tourney.

In Egypt, a notorious ultra group is banned by the courts. Labeled terrorists, hardcore fans of Zamalek Football Club who participated in the political protests of 2011 and violent skirmishes in and around football matches are barred from supporting the club. An expert calls the move “a dangerous gamble” by the government. Egyptian football has been apparently been suffered the past few years by this crackdown from not playing at all or playing in a stadium with no fans in attendance.

FIFA continues to  try to get a handle on racism in the stands. Trained match observers will be deployed at qualifying matches for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia to monitor and provide info to disciplinary bodies about racist and discriminatory speech used by supporters.

On an upbeat note: As part of his remarkable road to recovery, beating victim Bryan Stow spoke to a student assembly about how his tragic beating came at the hand of  adult bullies.  Said Stow:  “I’m finding my purpose for living: Stopping bullying.”



May 12, 2015

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The world is tuned into the UEFA Champions League semi final round.  Today: Bayern vs. Barcelona. Tomorrow: Real Madrid vs. Juventus.

Here in the Americas, two weeks ago, the Mexican club America was crowned the CONCACAF Champions League winner. One byproduct of the tourney: A reminder that monkey chants don’t only happen on the other side  of the pond. During the semi- final match up between MLS’s Montreal Impact and the Costa Rican club Alajuelense, fans lobbed racist chants at Montreal Impact winger Dominic Oduro,  Some fans also hurled projectiles onto the field.

In a news conference afterwards, Oduro told the media “We need to join hands together to help eradicate racism in the sport that we all love. ”

For the first time ever, CONCACAF levied economic punishment during Champions League play. Alajuelense must pay a fine and play their next home game at a neutral location.


May 05, 2015

Red Wings Fan

Quite a round-up of reporting on ugly fan behavior during the NHL playoffs the past few weeks. These playoffs seem to have it all so far: arson, harassment, brawls and vandalism.

This woman was arrested for lighting a flag on fire inside Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Visiting Caps fans complained that their cars were vandalized outside the Nassau Coliseum prompting an admonishment by the NHL commissioner.

But the action I found most shocking was that the Tampa Bay Lighting simply chose not to sell tickets to visiting fans in an attempt to prevent bad behavior. Sounds like someone took a page from European soccer’s fan playbook.

The Lightning will only allow fans  with Florida ZIP codes  to buy playoff tix in order to “preserve a hometown environment ” spokesman Bill Wickett told the Tampa Tribune.


Photo courtesy of Tampa Police Department


April 29, 2015

Mexico soccer

I went to a soccer match in Mexico and the fans kept calling the other team’ goalkeeper a “faggot.”

Some Latin American football in person finally! Was  visiting old friends in Mexico City and they took me to watch their favorite team Cruz Azul of Mexico’s top soccer league.  Loud, fun atmosphere, adoring fans but the club is fairy middling these days and lost to Chiapas 1 nil.

Recently, some fans of Cruz Azul were so frustrated at the team’s performance that they invaded its training camp to protest. Story in Spanish here.

Riot Squad


Despite  a match with plenty of empty seats and little at stake, the riot squad came out in full gear which my friends explained was SOP. They lined up on the way to the stadium, adjacent to the entrance and inside the stands in the barra bravas section.  That’s what hardcore Mexican supporters are called, just like in Argentina. Fans from the barra brava group Sangre Azul were the ones who paid that hostile visit to training.


Meanwhile, every time the opposing goalkeeper threw the ball back in, the crowd in unison screamed “puto” at him which is slang for faggot.

You can hear the derogatory chant here.

Video not much to look at.


Mexican fans have been scrutinized for the use of this term before, investigated but ultimately not punished at the last World Cup for example.

Several years ago, an MLS player was suspended 3 games for using the term.


April 24, 2015



Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Launch Party:

The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA


Wednesday July 14th, 2015
San Francisco Public Library  (main branch)
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA



Friday June 26th, 2015

Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, Washington


Tuesday July 7th, 2015

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Thursday August 6th, 2015
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA



April 19, 2015




Next step in crowd control: Pepper spraying drones?





A police force in Northern India has purchased 5 drones equipped to drop chemical weapons on mobs.
Drones have been used in aerial surveillance before. Now the city of Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, has taken the next step. According to the local police chief “We have managed to work out how to use it to precisely target the mob in winds and congested areas.” More from The Guardian here.

Meanwhile here on the home front:

The Washington Post calls out the latest security efforts from Major League Baseball, labeling the use of metal detectors as “security theater.”





Photo Credit: “California drone before takeoff” by Tomwsulcer – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons