"No winners when violence and sports collide""I think
this sad incident was an indirect result of our society that glorifies
violence,..."Yet some people love sports that are all about
violence. And they will assure us that those sports produce no ill effects.
I think this sad incident was an indirect result of our society that glorifies
violence, rude and crude cultural expression and lack of vision or purpose for
our society. I hope this will not be repeated but history says we will probably
witness similar angry expressions by players and fans. How sad.
My heart is breaking for the family of the man who died in this tragedy. And for
the family of the boy who threw the punch. My father is the referee who was
mentioned in this article: Jerry Powers. Refereeing was one of his most favorite
things to do. He lived for football season. I have a huge level of respect for
referees because of my father. He died three and a half years ago of a heart
attack, so I'd like to thank Deseret News for remembering him. And to
extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Portillo's family. I hope they can
find some peace and comfort during this time.
I am a ref of a sport currently in season. In yesterday's game every
critical word hit hard after Mr. Portillo's death. I have only been
physically threatened once, but that is once too many. Especially when you
consider I am a woman and the threatening person was male (not a man because men
don't hit or threaten to hit women).Refs are people, fathers
and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, grandmothers and
grandfathers. Wearing 'stripes' shouldn't make anyone forget that
Aggressiveness is an element of competitive sports. It's a contagion that
is transmitted from players on the field to spectators in the bleachers where
I've witnessed shouting matches break out over something as petty as the
call by an on the field. Fist fights break out among fans leaving the stadium in
a foul mood because the home team got walloped. It's amazing to see the
extent to which both players and fans invest themselves emotionally in a stupid
game.Now, a man is dead, a family has lost a husband and father.Does sports truly build character as we are often told?Not
when self-control is left behind in the locker room.
Well said postscript to this tragic and avoidable event. The community benefits
from selfless volunteers such as Mr. Portillo. They should be honored and