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Columnist: Bryan Stow had it coming

Apr 12, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT


Via Hardball Talk comes disheartening news: A writer for the Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pa., John Steigerwald, has written a column blaming Giants fan Bryan Stow for his own beating at Dodger Stadium. Craig at Hardball Talk states it pretty well, and you can read the Steigerwald column and judge for yourself. But here are a couple of excerpts:

Maybe someone can ask Snow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.

Are there really 40-something men who think that wearing the jersey makes them part of the team? It was cute when a 10-year-old kid got that feeling by showing up at Three Rivers Stadium in a Pirates jersey, but when did little boys stop growing out of that?

Bonus: Stow is misspelled in Steigerwald’s column as “Snow” throughout.

After reading the column, be sure to check out the comments. That’s the best part.

Anyway, before getting too worked up over this, please realize who Steigerwald is. A Pittsburgh native and former TV sports anchor, he now hosts a Pennsylvania-based radio show in which he dishes big helpings of political and social commentary. One of his big crusades currently is outrage over the elementary school that doesn’t allow its students to bring sack lunches. Steigerwald also apparently thinks that Ann Coulter is swell, to give you an idea of what we’re dealing with. Here’s an excerpt from a post on his blog from Friday:

Sometimes there’s a heavy price to pay for an adult who wears the wrong colored jersey to a baseball or football game.

A Giants fan found that out after the Dodgers home opener a few days ago when he was beaten within an inch of his life.

As I’ve pointed out here many times, I just don’t get the adults wearing jerseys thing and I wonder why anyone would wade into a crowd full of drunken idiots wearing something that had the potential to set them off.

He’s also been savaged in his own comments section. Anyway, what we have here is just another conservative shock jock Limbaugh wannabe making a publicity grab, and normally he would earn no mention. But this is just so wrong, he needs to be called on it.

Oh, and by the way, via Timothy Burke, here’s Mr. “Adults Shouldn’t Wear Jerseys” wearing a Pirates jersey.

You may now go back to ignoring him.

Know when you’ve outgrown the uniform [Observer-Reporter]

  1. Israel Events Photographer - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    This guy gives journalists everywhere a really bad name!

  2. remzod - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Stiegerwump says in his column that adults shouldn’t be wearing sports jerseys. Actually, adults shouldn’t be sporting 70′s porno moustaches. Someone needs to alert him of this fact.

  3. battlingsiki - Apr 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    That this writer is questioning the victim for wearing an opposing jersey, is just ignorant. Maybe, instead he should write to question, as to why they brutally attacked a fan wearing another teams jersey. I’d like to thank the writer of this article, for bringing the newspaper writers name into the light. He should be exposed, for such a disgusting topic. I’d also like to point out something that, the writer of this article, dies a disservice to himself. By stating, that the guy is just another conservative shock jock. Really? Great piece until then. Try to be more partial next time and keep your bias to yourself.

  4. greg5280 - Apr 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    While you might anticipate being the target of some crude profanities or airborne hotdogs, Steigerwald has definitely taken it too far. Nobody signs up to get jumped by attending a sporting event, and I applaud fans that support their team on the road. Rick Chandler has likewise overstepped reason by twisting a sad story and related bad journalism to volley an unconnected attack against conservative news figures. Shame on you Chandler, hypocrite.

  5. dodgerssanfran - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    stow deserved to get beaten by those savage animal dodger fans. dodger fans are the worse – they even fight with other fellow dodger fans. They throw things around i the stands with kids all around. You come to a family sporting event and dont espect to be i nthe hospital – let alone a coma. Stow got beat and maybe his friends and kids will elarn to shut the hell up or get pounded like no tomorrow by the iron fists of dodger fans

  6. 1rangerhodges - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    dodgersanfran! You are an idiot. And still not even does a piece of trash such as yourself deserve what happened to that man. This man, given his profession helped save the lives of scum like you daily. Shame on you coward, hide behind your computer and type all that garage, I would like to see you show up @ a Giants game and repeat what you’ve said.

  7. Victor Dascanio - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Steigerwald better put his resignation in with the wash PA rag and the Local CBS affiliate… no one needs his hate!!!