The game just becomes an excuse to act like an idiot...at least for one side, the other perhaps was just defending themselves. The fact is, yes, this is becoming more common but not just in the sports world. People are fighting over all kinds of things and I think that it's a result of people being frustrated by soooo many things going on that they feel they have no control over and can do nothing about. A sporting event becomes an outlet to take our minds off the rest....but.... Take an already frustrated, perhaps high strung individual, put them in a highly intense, testosterone filled environment, give them the hope of SOMETHING going right for them, fill them with alcohol, have their team lose and then tell them "Yeah! We won! and your team sucks!" Now multiply that by a few hundred people and voila, you have the recipe for a brawl. Not saying I would or that it's okay but certainly you can see how this might unfold. Granted, people do take their sports too seriously at times but I just think overall, people are very on edge these days and under the right circumstances, POP!