Quotes: The Scapegoat

"We must blame them and cause a fuss
Before somebody thinks of blaming us"

With the chaos resulting from the Meteor reports, we desperately need to rally public support... it's better that we punish somebody, anybody.
Scarlet, Final Fantasy VII

"Tiberias knows more than a Christian SHOULD about Salahadin's intentions!"
Guy De Lusignan - Kingdom of Heaven

There was no lack of irony associated with the firing of Bob Budiansky... the fact that Budiansky had managed to maintain the sales on Spider-Man, and even improve them, during a time when sales were going down across the entire comics industry, was not enough to save him from being downsized.

The year that Bob Budiansky supervised the Spider-Man line had its fair share of creative turmoil, frustration, indecision, and abrupt changes in the writing team. Looking back on it all these years later, I would say that the bad moments probably outnumbered the good. But I attribute that more to the situation we were in than anything else. Bob Budiansky didnít initiate the clone saga Ė he inherited it. And I know he came into the situation feeling very uncomfortable about what was planned for the future. He wanted to resolve everything in the best way possible, but the whole thing just spiraled out of control and he didnít know quite how to deal with it.
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga

I am your standard dickhead sports fan in that any time my team loses, I will seek out a reason for that loss. I want one person or thing to blame for the end result. The coach is a moron. The quarterback sucks. We didn't run the ball enough. We didn't pass the ball enough. 'We just got beat by a better team,' etc. I always want there to be a bulletproof rationale for why my team looked like shit out there. And if you are a turd like Gregg Easterbrook, you can take it a step further and ascribe that loss to some kind of personal failing. The players didn't tackle well, so they are lazy. The coach called bad plays, so he is not a sophisticated thinker. The team punted from its own 45, so THE FOOTBALL GODS WERE DISRESPECTED. Shit like that.

When Fred Ettish made his pro debut in 1994 at UFC 2, he suffered one of the worst losses in the sport's history....Needless to say, The Internet was a total dick about it. Websites were devoted to Fred Ettish's fetal fighting style and for fifteen years he was a cruel punchline. For instance, just look at the end of this very sentence where I say that he lost at UFC 2 so badly that police dogs still confuse his scent for missing battered women.

Two years ago, 53-year-old Fred Ettish decided he had had enough of this shit. He wanted to get back in the cage and avenge his loss. At age 53, that would be crazy, right? Kind of, but Fred's problem was never a lack of balls. He signed to fight a kid named Kyle Fletcher in Brainerd, Minnesota. Ettish wanted revenge on an entire sport, and poor Kyle Fletcher just became the face for it.

For the first time since May 27, 1996, Raw beat Nitro in the head-to-head ratings battle, ending an epic eighty-three-week winning streak...Bischoff went nuclear.

Frustrated beyond belief, he was looking to take his anger out on someone, and that someone wound up being Ric Flair, the man fans identified with WCW more than any other. Flair, who hadn't been used on TV for months, missed the Thunder event on April 9 in which he was supposed to re-form the Four Horsemen. He claimed that he'd given the company plenty of advance notice that he was going to attend his son Reid's AAU freestyle wrestling championships at the Pontiac Silverdome that same day. Unfortunately, advance notice was useless in WCW because the shows were often booked literally at the last minute (the term "literally" is not being used facetiously—there were times when the shows were still being written while they were on the air live). Flair never knew he was supposed to be at Thunder until three days before the show, at which point he wasn't about to change his plans.

Bischoff came completely unglued, verbally tearing Flair apart in a backstage meeting at Nitro on April 13 (which, ironically, had been deemed Ric Flair Day by the city of Minneapolis), then filed a $2 million lawsuit against him for "playing havoc with the script of the wildly popular productions" and "disrupting WCW's ability to introduce its planned story line, causing significant loss of time, money, and effort by WCW."
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW

Brian: "Maybe nobody's the victim. Maybe we're just victimizing ourselves to avoid bettering ourselves. We keep looking for somebody to blame, but it's us. We're the monsters."
Nick: "Or...is it the liberal media?!"
Brian: "That's it! Thank you!"
Everyone: "Victims of the liberal media!"