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Burning Man? Or Raiders Game?

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Been to a football game lately?  Been to a Raiders game lately?  Felt more like going to Burning Man.  I arrived at the game early (about 12:45) and I’m waiting for my date.  As I stand at the north gate waiting, I see a river of almost entirely wasted Raider fans (and a lot of 49ers fans) flow by.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it.  Most everyone is drinking a beer and carrying several more and chanting ‘RAIDERS… RAIDERS’ (seemed like 49ers fans were blowing horns).  Not to mention an accompanying cloud of pot.  The Raiders average attendance is close to 30,000 fans weekly and although I didn’t see all of them enter the coliseum today, I might have seen half of them.  And of those 15,000, many of them appeared wasted.

My date finally shows up about 1:30 (blames the traffic).  We enter the security line and laugh at all the odd behavior of the other (wasted) people entering the game.  The Raiders stadium has recently introduced new security precautions to help prevent fan based violence.  No backpacks, no drinks, and no outside food allowed.  In fact only specific-sized clear-plastic bags are allowed.  Ok, I’m not sure how much this is really going to help, but simply bringing attention to an issue is always a good thing.  We’re standing in the security line and the sky is overcast.  It looks like it might rain soon.  Luckily, I’ve brought a mini sized umbrella to protect us just in case.  I go through the screening machine and put my personals in a plastic bucket.  The security guard stops me and says the umbrella is not allowed.  After watching some 15 thousand mentally altered people pass security and enter the stadium…  I almost lost my mind.  The world has lost its common sense.  An umbrella is the problem?

You want to deter violence at football games?  Do a mandatory breath-a-lyzer at the security gate.  Don’t let wasted/inebriated people enter the game (brilliant!).  If some one blows a blood alcohol percent higher than the legal limit(or are obviously under the influence of some other drug) and if they drove themselves to the game, then take them to a holding area until they’re able to legally leave.  If they cause trouble in regards to this inconvenience, then they should be arrested on the spot.  Last I checked it’s illegal to be publicly intoxicated right?

Am I missing something here?  The rest of the game was amazing.  The stadium rocked as the Raiders wrecked the 49ers’ season.  Raiders’ fans and their families deserve better.  People in general deserve better, let’s stop encouraging this over-the-top fan behavior.

PS  Raiders and O.CO, you owe me an umbrella.


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