RUSH: We were talking about gang influence in sports recently. I have an AP story here from Sao Paolo, Brazil. I'm looking at the clock, I've only got less than a minute, and I don't have time to give this the treatment I want to give it. So let me set it up. It isn't that long a story. This story which I will read to you is written as though it happens every day. There's no incredulity in the story. There's no "Wow!" There's no nothing. It's just three paragraphs and we move on to the next story, as though it's common.
The story involves a referee being killed and decapitated, and that's not even half of it.
RUSH: The headline of this story from the AP from Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Fans Kill and Quarter Soccer Referee in Brazil -- Police say enraged spectators invaded a football field --" this is soccer "-- stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death."
Did I not warn you people about soccer way back during the Keep Our Own Kids Safe campaign? Did I not?
"The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao says in a statement that it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend." So the ref kicked the guy out of the game. "The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital. The statement issued this week says Abreu's friends and relatives immediately 'rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.'"
You've heard the phrase "drawn and quartered." You know, a lot of people don't know what that actually means, drawn and quartered. It was depicted in Braveheart, by the way, but this is not drawn and quartered. This is just quartered, and it's exactly what it sounds like. They cut the guy's body up into four parts, on the field, after stoning the guy.
"Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field." This usually happens on TV in a show like Game of Thrones. But here it happened on a soccer field in Brazil, and it's just an average, ordinary, "nothing to see here" news story in the AP news roster. No. They did not give the score of the game. We don't know who won. The score's not in the story. We don't know who the home team was. We don't know what the pregame meal was. We don't know anything. All we know is that the referee kicked a player out of the game, then the two got into a fistfight when the ref took out a knife and stabbed the player. I've always thought that it would be a player that would pull a knife and stab another player. I never thought that the ref would do it, but it makes sense.
So, if you are in Sao Paulo and you read this story, what do you get out of it? There's an opening for a job. There's a referee job open in this soccer league. That's what you take away. Bring a gun, not a knife. Be on the lookout for knives. This is the time to sneak a gun in, as a referee. One of those little ankle pistols. Really, I read this story, and folks, it's as ho-hum as whatever the latest unemployment news is in this country.