Bremerton Hooligans No Match For Seahawk Fans

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Whether a tempest in a keg cup, or a sign of the apocalypse, I don’t know.

I don’t have a position on whether the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center should serve beer and wine (read story here) , but I will say that if there are ever European scale soccer riots in Bremerton, it would be like Christmas morning for the Bremerton Beat.

I do have an opinion on a comment from Councilwoman Carol Arends about the out-of-control, family unfriendly bacchanalia at Seahawks games.

She’s right, and I believe the high price of beer is partly responsible.

You can quote me on that.*

The ostensible reason the stadium charges so much for such lousy beer (Red Dog, is it?) – beyond what could be considered a fair mark up for a captive audience – is an effort to coax fans into drinking less and therefore getting less drunk and less stupid.

Some might say that’s just a ruse to coax more dollars from people’s wallets.

Any time I go to a game and fork over the cash for a cup of beer compared often to bodily waste, I adopt this belief.

The fans may be drunk and stupid, but they know a plastic cup of keg beer isn’t worth the price of a half rack.

As an economist would say,** when prices go up, people look for alternatives.

The smartest alternative is to limit oneself to drinking one or two beers. This works for people who aren’t a risk of causing problems anyway, smart people.

Another alternative is to sneak booze in – beer is often too cumbersome. This is something of a tradition, with even 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney writing about his flask of brandy for cold Sundays in the Meadowlands. But it’s also against the rules, and can result in at least being thrown out of the stadium.

The other alternative, also a tradition for America’s soccer hooligan equivalent, is to tie one on in the parking lot or the Pioneer Square bar, over drink so that the buzz will last through the game, partly supplemented with the hair of one, or maybe two, Red Dogs.

The people who choose the last two alternatives, I would bet, are the problem. And there are thousands of them.

If someone were to fall face down on the concourse and vomit, or pry off their arm rest and beat another fan with it, you know where my money would be. ***

I’ve been to a few games at the arena I will call Seahawks Stadium – including the glorious victory over the Giants of New York in 2005 when we drunken idiot fans made the Giants offensive line flinch – and I just can’t believe the multitude of lunatics were all besotted on thin, yellow beer that costs as much as a glass of fine wine.

I certainly wasn’t.

Perhaps if beer were not so expensive some potential superidiots wouldn’t feel compelled to drink beforehand and instead fill up on low-grade lager while splitting their time watching the game and visiting the lavatory.

Of course, lowering the price of beer could result in more people drinking more, which could spill out onto the roads and sidewalks. Making cheap beer cheaper might prove why it should have been more expensive in the first place.

Just the thought of a sporting event with a 50 Cent Beer Night should fill any conscientious citizen with terror.

*I hate it when people say that.
**People who want to sound smart say things like “As an economist would say …”
***True dat.

4 thoughts on “Bremerton Hooligans No Match For Seahawk Fans

  1. ‘…if there are ever European scale soccer riots in Bremerton, it would be like Christmas morning for the Bremerton Beat….’

    …you must celebrate Christmas Eve…

  2. Okay… a couple questions about drinking at these games…if I may….NOT CRITICIZING.

    As a person who doesn’t attend pro games …I don’t understand why people seem to think drinking is necessary at ball games …why aren’t the games and skill of the players enough?

    Are the games popular only because they are an excuse to give the public permission to drink and yell and carry on?
    If so, we’re looking at generation after generation of kids brought up to believe beer, wine and ball games are synonymous.

    Is this good?
    Sharon O’Hara

  3. Binion here:

    Hey Sharon:

    There was a scene in an episode of the Simpsons when Homer Simpson was trying to quit drinking. He attends a baseball game and is almost driven crazy by all the people surrounding him pounding beers. He says something to the effect of: “I never noticed how boring this game is.”

  4. I don’t see any drinking at professional soccer games, or any soccer games, period. Maybe there is, though. The fan clubs, the Timbers Army and the Emerald City Supporters, imbibe before the games, but I think that’s so they can sing better. They have a reputation to uphold. The Timbers Army are the authors of one cleverly crafted ditty that goes like this “Burpo, you s**k”. Listen to that for an hour and a half and you will wish you had some alcohol.

    Sharon, I was at a Conacaf Gold Cup game in Seattle between Costa Rica and Cuba a few years ago. It was exciting. A player from Cuba, Miykal Galindo, scored Cuba’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. We were watching the game following his when we heard in the stands that Galindo had asked to defect. He did and became an important part of the Seattle Sounders. Is this a great county?

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