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The front page of the San Francisco Chronicle's website said city streets were full of "joyful mayhem" Monday night and Tuesday morning in the hours after the Giants won Game 5 of the World Series.

Joyful mayhem is a euphemism for riots.

Among the fires, attempted looting and general madness, here is shocking video from KTVU of a mob attacking a car, even pulling people from the car and beating them until riot police closed in — after several frightening minutes pass.

One hooligan in particular (I think he's wearing an orange Willie McCovey No. 44 retro jersey — sorry, Stretch) got particularly violent. Hopefully he's among those locked up.


Around 10 p.m., a crowd that had taken over the intersection of 3rd and King streets had started multiple fires, but those were extinguished soon afterward.

An hour later, at the intersection of Mission and 22nd streets that had been taken over by dozens of fans, a large fire had been started. Later, a car attempted to drive through the crowd was stopped, and the vehicle and its passengers were attacked.

What the heck does any of this have to do with Tim Lincecum(notes) and the first World Series championship for San Francisco?

Nothing. It should not be an occasion to bring out the worst in people. But it does.

With a handful of exceptions, conventional news organizations have been late in reporting what's happening. Thankfully, outlets such as Twitter and Mashable got the word out, and the Los Angeles Times — from a town that's no stranger to riots great and small(ish) — has been picking up the what social media has been reporting.

Strangely (to me) some have even "checked in" at riots using Foursquare. Were they doing it so they could become mayor of a riot, or as a public service? Just to prove they were there if something awful happened?

This world = wackadoo. Oh, and don't forget to vote today.

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