The testosterone, alcohol, crowd-induced, "couldn't control myself", "it's what we do after a championship", vicarious acting out explanation:

Such post-game violence is hardly unique to Los Angeles. Thursday's upheaval was the latest in a long string of similar incidents that have played out in U.S. cities and abroad after major sports matches. Psychologist and author Robert Cialdini, who has studied the behavior of sports fans, said the seemingly inevitable reaction by fans on the winning side is rooted not only in the emotional connection they build to their teams but in a chemical one as well.

Fans are so heavily invested in their teams that studies have shown that their testosterone levels spike significantly after they watch a major victory, Cialdini said. Elevated levels of the hormone are known to cause increased aggression, especially in young men.

"When the team wins, we win and we feel it in a very personal way," Cialdini said. "We're likely to experience a great sense of arousal and joy even though we haven't done anything."






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  1. Chris J on June 21, 2010 8:33 pm

    In Montreal, these riots are very organized and targeted. The revelers are really only useful idiots.

  2. Sean McLaughlin on June 21, 2010 10:45 pm

    You didn’t see any such behavior two weeks ago in Chicago when the Chicago Blackhawks won Lord Stanley’s Cup. Just sayin….

  3. Chris J on June 22, 2010 9:19 am

    Montreal takes hockey a bit more seriously then Chicago.

    The market makers, I mean organized gangs, know how to push the retail crowd, uhh I mean the revelers, one way, while they use the cover for the smash and grabs.

    Meanwhile, the regulators are slowly catching up.


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