I don’t want to trivialize their loss, but here’s how my mind works — I immediately wondered about the all-time sports disaster list. And of course the great zine Murder Can Be Fun, which did an issue on sports disasters, isn’t online (Johnny Marr, where are you?), and some perfunctory Google searches didn’t turn up any information on either the massive Glasgow Rangers-Glasgow Celtics football riot or on the roof collapse that killed a dozen people saving themselves the cost of a ticket for the Stanford-Cal "Big Game" (although I did find some information on the battled-for Stanford Ax, including reference to the tear gas used in a Stanford raid to capture same). Making this sort of information available is what the Internet is for, isn’t it?

No more sports stories from me for a while — my teams are losing, and it’s just hard to get worked out about Johnny Damon when you have the idea of death counts rattling around in the back of your skull.

Last week, there was a terrible incident at a soccer match in South Africa; over three dozen people were killed by a stampeding crowd as an estimated 60,000 fans charged into a stadium that was already full to capacity. This is a tragedy — 43 people are dead, because security guards took bribes to let in fans to a heavily anticipated game or because somehow too many tickets were sold or because crowd control was minimal or because these things just happen sometimes. I can only hope that some good comes out of this, reformed fire codes, whites and blacks reaching out to each other in a time of mutual grief (some of the footage I saw on CNN was of two fans, a white woman and a black woman, holding each other and sobbing), something that will help those people’s loved ones rationalize what happened.

I don’t want to trivialize their loss, but here’s how my mind works — I immediately wondered about the all-time sports disaster list. And of course the great zine Murder Can Be Fun, which did an issue on sports disasters, isn’t online (Johnny Marr, where are you?), and some perfunctory Google searches didn’t turn up any information on either the massive Glasgow Rangers-Glasgow Celtics football riot or on the roof collapse that killed a dozen people saving themselves the cost of a ticket for the Stanford-Cal "Big Game" (although I did find some information on the battled-for Stanford Ax, including reference to the tear gas used in a Stanford raid to capture same). Making this sort of information available is what the Internet is for, isn’t it?

No more sports stories from me for a while — my teams are losing, and it’s just hard to get worked out about Johnny Damon when you have the idea of death counts rattling around in the back of your skull. None