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Panel Round One

A Kinder, Gentler Riot.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roxanne, just like any town would do, Seattle fans took to the streets and, well, rioted after their team won the Super Bowl. But in Seattle they did it slightly differently. For example, one massive out-of-control mob was seen doing what?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Drinking coffee.

SAGAL: No. I'll give you a hint. Like tipping over a car is one thing, fine. Jaywalking, though, is another.

ROBERTS: They served as cross guards. No.

SAGAL: No. Should I just tell you, or...?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: I think you probably should.

ROBERTS: Yeah, I think you should just tell us.

SAGAL: Imagine this, imagine this. The crowd of crazed, probably drunk football fans coursing the streets of Seattle getting to a street crossing and stopping and waiting for the light to change.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You can see it on video. There they all are. It's like oh, wait, little red hand. All right, let's go.

(LAUGHTER)

TOM BODETT: Well that - Seattle has changed. When I lived in Alaska, and in the late '70s I came down the ferry to downtown Seattle, and I was on First Avenue. I had no idea what was going on. I was a complete rube. And I'm walking down First Avenue. Suddenly this mob of humanity starts running up the street toward me from the King Dome. And they're coming - and I thought something must have gone horribly wrong down there.

And I turn, and I'm running with the crowd, and I'm saying what's going on, what's going on. And they said the Sonics won, the Sonics won. They had - the Sonics had won.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Apparently.

BODETT: And I don't recall us stopping for the crosswalks then, but those were the old days.

SAGAL: Yeah, that's when the town was crazy.

BODETT: Yeah, that was when it was lawless.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Now it wasn't all so civil. There were some arrests Sunday night. There were some small fires. Craziest of all, trashcans were overturned so citizens can find any recyclables that were placed there accidentally.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Did you guys watch the Super Bowl?

BODETT: Yes.

ROBERTS: Yeah.

BODETT: Well, I thought, honestly I thought that Seattle was overdoing it. They had the game won, you know.

POUNDSTONE: Should they have done what you do when you, like, when you play ball with your two-year-old or something, where you go oh, he's gonna get me, he's gonna get me? Oh no.

(LAUGHTER)

BODETT: That would've been great.

POUNDSTONE: Oh, he's catching up. Oh no.

BODETT: And they probably still wouldn't have gotten it.

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