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Friday, January 4, 2013

Booze and football; Lions' fans need not worry

In one sense, say perhaps for public safety and common decency, selling vast amounts of alcohol to tens of thousands of passionate football fans is not a good thing.

But to football fans, eating fun foods and drinking loads of beer while riding the highs and lows of the NFL, or whatever sport you like, but especially the NFL, is a great thing. It is to live.

However, at this weekend's wild card playoff game, involving the Minnesota Vikings visiting their hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers, they will limit beer and other alcohol sales, ending them at halftime.

Officials site the propensity at night football games for people, fans really, to allow themselves to be over-served, let's say. I have seen in the news lately, these last few weeks of the season, a couple of stories from Deadspin about Vikings fans and their, let's again say, enthusiasm.

This Deadspin story has an interesting Lions angle as it reports the increased levels of violence when the Packers play the Vikings or the Bears, highlighting a man's arrest for punching out a Packer fan while he, the culprit, wore a giant purple sombrero. Violence is much, much lower when the Lions play in Green Bay, prompting Deadspin to note, "It's official, then — no one cares about the Lions."

I had to laugh at the idea of the fan trying to flee and hide but being easily caught due to his headgear. Football fans are traditionally easy to fill the role of idiot.

Here are a couple of Lions fans, though, proving that we can drink and act stupid and even violent, just like they do in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I particularly like the way the other fans ganged up on the gals, wanting them to and then singing "na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" when the cops finally arrive. They blew great endzone seats.

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