Hey, we won! Let's destroy something! - 04/08/14

I'll preface this blog by warning it's a bit of a rant but I know there are a lot of you who agree with me.

I don't get it.
Really.
I just don't get it.
WHY do people destroy things when they're happy?
Do sports fans sit around and think "hey, my team just won, I'm going to set a couch on fire!"

Granted, there may be alcohol involved in these decisions, but trashing something when you're thrilled doesn't make sense.  I'd like to pick the brain of a psychologist to get some answers.

I don't have one at my disposal, so I Googled "why do people destroy things when they're happy?" and these headlines popped up:

  1. How Not to Destroy Your Marriage: 8 Tips for Staying a Happy Couple

  2. 6 Things Happy People Never Do - Marc and Angel Hack Life

  3. 8 Bad Reasons to Break Up - eHarmony Advice

  4. 5 clues you're stuck in a dysfunctional relationship

  5. Top 10 Things Women Do To Destroy Their Marriage


So I Googled "why do sports fans burn couches?" and got these headlines:

Photos: Kentucky Fans Are Rioting, Starting Fires After Win Over ...

Kentucky wins basketball game over rival, fans burn couches in ...

WVU takes credit for couch-burning craze that has caught fire at UK ...



IMHO, it's dumb.   It wastes resources and money and it's dangerous.  Setting fires, fighting, flipping cars: these are the kinds of things that happen in war zones or during riots of protest against governments.  These shouldn't be the kinds of things that sports fans do to celebrate victory. 

What if 8 year old little league players won their regional and celebrated by torching the concession stand?  What if little gymnasts celebrated winning a state meet by taking chainsaws to their playgrounds?  Make sense?  Nope.  But that's the kind of example being set by a bunch of morons who apparently don't know any better.

 

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