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Team identity --- PSU Riots/Aftermath in Psych Terms

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The article has interesting psychological perspective on why there were riots after Paterno’s firing. It is interesting; I did not realized there are psych terms for the fan response phenomena. Excerpt---- Social psychologists use two terms: BIRGing and CORFing -- Basking in Reflected Glory and Cutting off Reflected Failure. In the first, fans of a football team, for example, want to identify with the players' success. Decked out in team gear, they'll say, "We had a great win. We were awesome," when in reality the fans had no part in the win. Cutting off Reflected Failure happens when a team makes a mistake or loses, and fans blame it on an external factor to distance themselves from the defeat. "The refs were biased. The weather's bad." The true blame doesn't lie with the team.

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