September 23, 2009
Booze, buffoons and bullies
By GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA
Law-enforcement officials had what the Buffalo News said was a "fairly typical day controlling fan behaviour" at the Bills home opener on Sunday.
A total of 26 fans were arrested -- about average for a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The story hit a nerve, though, sparking reaction that blamed the police, blamed Canadians and blamed excess booze.
a) "Are we living in a police state? Are (sobriety checkpoints) really about alcohol or just a weekly shakedown of the public?"
b) "Only 26 arrests? I guess that's not too bad considering that 90% of the crowd of 70,000 is drunken buffoons. Cry me a river over checkpoints."
c) "It would be nice if there were no arrests but as everyone knows this is not a perfect world. People who go to games know what to expect."
d) "Here's a solution, take responsibility. Don't get crocked every game so you can't drive home legally. The team's on their way out the door to Toronto anyway."
e) "I quit going to Bills games 18 years ago when a grown man, drunk of course, challenged my 12-year-old son to a fight. Big bad Bills fans! The worst sports fans in the country! By far!"
f) "Having been to other stadiums, I agree that Buffalo has a drinking problem ... There is way too much drinking going on, it is embarrassing."
g) "Names, we want names of the 26 arrested. How many will be Canadians?"
This judge rules
Plaxico Burress gets two years in the slammer for shooting himself in the thigh.
If he had shot himself in both thighs, would he have got four years?
If Judge Redfield T. Baum had been presiding would it have been two to four years before we had a ruling?
Will Isles have it?
Supporters of the long-awaited, impressive Lighthouse project -- a multi-use development in Long Island that would include a new arena for the Islanders -- yesterday continued their battle to overcome political opposition. Coincidentally, the Islanders played a pre-season game in Kansas City -- potentially their new home if the Lighthouse project falls apart.
Think the NHL would be opposed to that move? No, didn't think so.
The maker of Jim Beam bourbon will stop sponsoring Robby Gordon's Sprint Cup team next season.
That news came after Jack Daniel's said it would no longer back Casey Mears' No. 07 Chevrolet.
To which AP writer Tim Dahlberg twittered: "Pretty soon NASCAR drivers may have to start running moonshine."
Former quarterback Doug Flutie has signed on as an analyst for UFL games.
The fledgling league will open its season next month, with games on Versus.
Hmm, Versus, UFL ... this enterprise may need a Hail Mary pass.