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Check out the scene in Stillwater at the end of Oklahoma State's college football victory against rival Oklahoma Saturday night. Some reports called it as terrifying as a natural disaster. Thousands of crazed fans rushed onto the field. It's a typical response at many college football games, but this one caused massive injuries to people participating in the rioting.
After an annual football game they call Bedlam, thousands of Oklahoma State fans jumped, ran and pushed their way onto the field in joy. The Cowboys had just taken apart the Oklahoma Sooners, their bitter and often more successful rivals. The Cowboys' first national championship suddenly seemed within reach.
But fans were pressing toward the field, which is separated from the stands by an eight-foot stone wall. Some students jumped down, others were pushed. The crowd pulled down the goal posts, and in the 45 minutes or more it took police to restore order Saturday night, some fans were trampled as the crowd struggled to reach the exits.
At least 12 people were injured, including one who was airlifted to a hospital, in the chaos on the field after an emotional win in the heart of football country. "Thousands of people stormed the field. You couldn't move, there were so many people," said Michael Authement, who heads the command post at emergency medical provider LifeNet EMS. "It was a nasty deal."
The public address announcer had warned fans not to storm the field, but "we just laughed," said Alex Lillibridge, a 19-year-old freshman from Belton, Texas. Fans started jumping the wall in the last seconds of Oklahoma State's 44-10 win, and Lillibridge said that soon after he followed.
Some people said they were forced to jump because of the crush of fans.
"A girl pushed me over the wall," said 21-year-old Jennifer Payne, a junior from Stillwater. "Luckily, I didn't get injured, but I didn't have control of when I jumped off the wall. You just moved with the crowd."
Oklahoma State spokesman Gary Shutt said two people were airlifted to Oklahoma City for treatment, including one adult who had a medical problem well before the end of the game. Both were listed Sunday in guarded, stable condition. Shutt said the university could not disclose students' injuries because of health privacy laws but that he was "alert."
Eight people were taken to Stillwater Medical Center -- including two who were having surgery Sunday on broken ankles. Three others were treated at the field, he said. University president Burns Hargis praised medical personnel on Sunday night and said stadium security "did everything they possibly could.
Hasn't University president Burns Hargis been checking out Zuccotti Park? Man, there are a ton of things he could have done to the out-of-control mob, which was probably ten times larger than the OccupyLA peaceful protesters. Why was no pepper spray or tasers used to control the violence even after the public address announcer was issuing warnings against them from celebrating on the field? To be clear, I'm not advocating for anti-terror tactics being deployed against a jubilant crowd after a big win, but I'm looking at the amount of money it cost the city to medically transport and treat severely wounded people and clean up after this violent outburst. I haven't heard local news anchors gleefully cheering on a Stasi-type response to an unwarranted outburst of these fans which nearly killed dozens of people.
Well, perhaps because college football is a multi-million dollar business run by the an awful NCAA and they don't want to shut off their cash flow so they lay low as fans destroy the house, burn down the field, and throw people out of the stands, choosing to quietly airlift casualties to hospitals capable of treating severely injured people. It's a calculus that these tepid measures are fine because the football program turns a huge profit in the long run.
That's the problem with the Occupy movement: the OWS protesters just aren't profitable. Speak out against the corporate takeover of the political system and unparalleled economic inequality that's dominating America and you're considered a virtual al-Qaeda cell to the MSM. Mobilize and assault those DFHs, baby, because we thought we smelled a little weed. Did local law enforcement infiltrate the Oklahoma stadium hoping to bust some radicals as well?
Los Angeles police used nearly a dozen undercover detectives to infiltrate the Occupy LA encampment before this week's raid to gather information on the anti-Wall Street protesters' intentions, according to media reports.
None of the officers slept at the camp, but they tried to blend in during the weeks leading up to the raid to learn about plans to resist or use weapons against police, a police source told the Los Angeles Times. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.
The undercover work yielded information that some protesters were preparing bamboo spears and other potentially dangerous weapons in advance of an expected eviction, none of which were used, according to the City News Service, which first reported the story. Police played down the significance of the undercover work since Occupy meetings were public and easily tracked. Police officer Cleon Joseph declined an Associated Press request for comment on the reports.
Occupy LA protester Mario Brito told City News Service he was not surprised by the revelation, but said it was "tantamount to 1950s McCarthyism".
As I was watching FOX 11 in Los Angeles during the raid on OccupyLA, the news anchors were proudly telling their audience that they were coordinating with the police to not bring their audience real coverage because they didn't want to reveal any secrets to the radicals. Hey, Geraldo has apologized already for revealing Iraq war movements on the battle field.
They paint the picture of the protesters as being DFHs too lazy to get a job, but yet deserving to be shot with rubber bullets, pepper spray and tasers. They even had a weapons expert cut into their broadcast to describe the types of munitions the police were preparing to use on #OccupyLA, as if it was magical and enchanting. The expert made sure to tell everyone that if a canister is shot into the crowd there's no telling where it will go. "That's too bad for the crowd." And this sanctimonious jerk made a point to say that having a camera in your phone didn't make all those protesters reporters either. Take that, hippies. You'd think they were covering an operation by the Navy Seals going in to take down a Taliban terrorist cell right in the heart of Los Angeles.
Back to Stillwater:
Before reports of injuries emerged, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he left the field quickly when he saw fans jumping from the wall. "When they started piling over, I got out of there as fast as I could. ... It was scary," he said.
He noted that in OSU's last game, a double-overtime loss at Iowa State on Nov. 18, it was the other team's fans who stormed the field. "We almost got trampled by the other team. And now, we went the other way. It's ironic, and things happen for a reason. Don't know why," Gundy said.
This behavior is more common that you think, but it's permitted at an event that makes the owners lots of money. But please don't try and shake up the Machine that disenfranchises 99 percent of America, because then, you deserve to be taken down.