Friday, September 16, 2011

NFL To Rough Up Fans At A Stadium Near You

I've made it no secret that I can't stand the TSA.  They're money hungry, over the top and a waste of resources. (Harsh?  I think not)

My feelings towards the NFL are on the opposite end of the spectrum.  Even though the Giants were bitch slapped last week, I'm beyond thrilled that football is back. 

It's just so much fun, and a great escape from the daily grind.

Oh, but what's this?
The NFL is employing TSA like security measures.
Oh well isn't that just fan-fucking-tastic.

The NFL wants all 32-teams to enforce an "enhanced pat-down".  This means that stadium security will search fans from ankles, on up.  Before hand, security only patted down fans from the waist up.  All while looking for weapons and booze.

The physical search will affect almost 17-million NFL fans at games this year.  The league office also asked fans to "arrive early, to avoid long, punishing lines".

Advice to ticket holders...

"Start drinking early". 

Nope, that's not my advice, as great as it is.  It's from New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

Ok, so where to begin here?  First off, this is going to be messy.  VERY messy. 

Half the fun of going to a football game is the tailgating.  You know.  The part where people party and drink the beer that the NFL constantly shows us and encourages us to buy. 

So if you think fans want to end their party, because a form of "big brother" tells them to, you're sorely mistaken. 

There’s going to be a cluster fuck of people at the gates.  All frustrated, drunk and just wanting to watch football.

Secondly, why are we doing this?

The NFL says it’s to “increase fan safety”.  In a post 9/11 world, people may buy that easily.  Personally, I’ll pass on that excuse.

Seems like they’re just trying to cover their asses.   It was a shame what happened to Bryan Stow at the L.A. Dodgers home opener this year, but that doesn’t mean it is likely to happen again.  That was an isolated case where security, should have been patrolling the parking lot, and would have prevented problems.

Bottom line, the NFL is all about the money.  That’s what the strike was about this summer, and that’s what this is about.  Nothing more, nothing less.  They really don’t care about, you, the fan. Well, as long as you continue to give them your hard earned dollars.  Let me correct myself, continue to give and give and give, your hard earned dollars.

So expect to pay more for tickets, and going through the hassle of higher security.  If the NFL commissioner didn’t have you by the cojones before, he’ll make sure somebody does at the gates.

No comments:

Post a Comment