Bottle rockets, barbwire, attacking tank, helicopter warship and swashbuckling pirates paint a foreboding picture in this comic for the visiting, and retreating, Cowboys football team.
Filled with trepidation, the scared Cowboys are running away from their bitter rival Pirates. For the scattering Cowboys, this stadium clearly presents a hostile environment.
Metaphoric hostile environments, like the one in this comic, are found in every sport and at many NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and FIFA games.
However, Duke’s Cameron Crazies are not near as crazy or as hostile as British soccer hooligans. Even during simple soccer matches, they toss bottles and batteries, while screaming bigoted obscenities.
Our Sports Vocabulary Invokes War Like References
Our sports vocabulary may, at times, incorporate warlike language with scary clichés and exaggerations as pictured in this comic. But, as sports fans, let’s never compare the figurative hostile environment of a sports stadium or arena with the literal horror of a hostile environment in an actual war zone.
In real life hostile environments like war zones, adversaries seek to maim or kill each other in battles, not in football, basketball, soccer or hockey games, with real bullets, and not balls. Now that’s scary!
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