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Taking Sports to far: NY Man Kills Mother in Fit of Rage After Mets Loss


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Or just a mentally deranged man. This has little to do with baseball. It's like saying an Ozzie Osbourne song caused your kid to commit suicide. No... your kid was messed up long before he heard the Ozzie song. ;)

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Or just a mentally deranged man. This has little to do with baseball. It's like saying an Ozzie Osbourne song caused your kid to commit suicide. No... your kid was messed up long before he heard the Ozzie song.

Yeah, agree 100%. Actually, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people claim that something (i.e. movies or video games) is causing violence. 98% of kids have been exposed to this stuff, but any time a kid goes crazy they blame it on that. I mean the kids who committed violent acts breathe air too, should we blame their behavior on that? For example, this kid would be messed up with or without music or video games. And what about people who did violent things in past eras, what do we attribute that to?

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Yeah, agree 100%. Actually, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people claim that something (i.e. movies or video games) is causing violence. 98% of kids have been exposed to this stuff, but any time a kid goes crazy they blame it on that. I mean the kids who committed violent acts breathe air too, should we blame their behavior on that? For example, this kid would be messed up with or without music or video games. And what about people who did violent things in past eras, what do we attribute that to?

Correlation != causation

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Not to derail this thread, but my favorite example of correlation!=causation of all time is Newsweek's study that claims that kids who take AP tests, whether or not they pass them, are more likely to graduate from college. This has caused principals in our school system to go crazy trying to force kids to take AP tests to boost their rankings in a stupid magazine. (And I have no problem with AP tests; i took 16 of them with 14 5's and 2 4's because I wanted, and got, college credit). Anyway, the whole premise that taking a test causes one to graduate high school is absurd. Of course, the fact that someone can afford to take an AP test has nothing to do with the fact that they are going to graduate college :rolleyes:

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