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Postby sportsaddict » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:16 am

This man has serious, serious issues.

NY baseball fan killed mother as team lost: prosecutors
Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:07PM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man has been charged with beating his mother to death with a barbell after losing his temper while watching a baseball game on television.

Michael Anthony, 25, was watching the New York Mets lose a game on Saturday from his home in the borough of Queens when he began furiously banging on the walls, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement on Monday.

His father Fred Fischman shouted at him to stop, but Anthony punched him in the face and threw him to the ground, according to the criminal charges.

When Anthony's mother, Maria Fischman, 61, tried to intervene, prosecutors said he stabbed her once in the head with a knife before chasing her into a bedroom where he struck her several times with the 20 pound (9 kilogram) barbell.

"It is difficult to imagine a crime more heinous than that of a son viciously attacking his parents and, in the process, fatally beating his mother to death," Brown said.

Anthony has been remanded in custody and faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.


http://www.reuters.com/article/domestic ... 6220070730
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Postby cordscords » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:48 am

Theres got to be something more here. My guess is the guy had some serious $ on the game, and flipped out big time when he lost it all.
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Postby sportsguy138 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:48 am

Wow, that's sad. I can't believe anyone would go that extreme after one of there teams losing. I mean, you could be upset, but this guy obviously had problems. Even if he did have money on it, that's certainly no excuse. Sad to hear. :,-(
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Postby GiantsFan14 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:52 am

i expect a lawsuit against the mets for losing the game which caused him to lose his temper, if they hadn't lost his mother would still be alive today
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Postby Danger » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:16 am

Stories like this and Vick really make me cringe to know people like this exist in the world :-P
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:37 pm

I don't think it's that bizarre to hear fans support the team to the point where the fandom becomes compulsive obsession. I once knew a man who didn't want to talk to anyone for hours or even a day after the Dodgers lost. In this case, it seems to be obsessive fandom taken to another extreme. There probably has to be more behind the story, but whatever the case, it's a sad one.
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Postby roninmedia » Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:45 pm

AD is right, obsessive fan behavior is definitely not something that can be condoned, but it is ever present. In 2005. with Liverpool down 3-0 to AC Milan at halftime, a Liverpool fan hung himself in Istanbul. It is fine to "live and die" with the successes of your favorite team, but some fans take the term too literal. Those people are beyond fans, they're simply idiots.
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Re: Sad/Bizarre story- and it pertains to baseball

Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:06 pm

roninmedia wrote:AD is right, obsessive fan behavior is definitely not something that can be condoned, but it is ever present. In 2005. with Liverpool down 3-0 to AC Milan at halftime, a Liverpool fan hung himself in Istanbul. It is fine to "live and die" with the successes of your favorite team, but some fans take the term too literal. Those people are beyond fans, they're simply idiots.


Man, that poor Liverpool fan must be kicking himself in purgatory, hell, or what-have-you...knowing that they stormed back to draw and win on PK's.
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