Monday, May 05, 2008


An argument about the Red Sox and Yankees got out of hand in a Nashua bar early morning Friday. Ivonne Hernandez, a Nashua native and Yankee fan, allegedly ran down a pair of Red Sox fans with her car after arguing about the rivalry inside the bar. One, a 29 year old from Nashua, died of head trauma on Saturday. The other, a 21 year old woman, is recovering from minor injuries. Police say a lack of skidmarks indicate that the accident was no accident.

This is a classic case of passion for sports going too far. This isn't just a Red Sox/Yankees thing. It's also an example of extreme stupidity. What does someone expect, being a Yankee fan in New Hampshire, and driving around in this car?

That's asking for an argument. And when the inevitable drama ensues, one has to be mature and intelligent enough to withstand some insults without going over the edge. But apparently, Ivonne Hernandez didn't think that far ahead.

Fighting over sports, to me, is completely acceptable behavior. But there has to be some rules. Weapons shouldn't be used AT ALL. And fights should be offered, then accepted by both parties. And numbers between fighting groups should be even, so there's no 5 on 1 beat-downs. Running down someone with your car, or cheap-shotting some guy on the street (as a Bruin fan did to a Montreal fan a few weeks ago) is deplorable behavior, and should be brutally punished.

Hernandez is being charged with reckless second-degree murder, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of reckless conduct. I'd also throw in first degree stupidity, which isn't a crime, but it should be.


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