Sports and Beer. Right? You know what it means. Or do you? Consider this:
Dodger executives are now reconsidering a promotion to sell half-priced beers at several games starting next week. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich criticized the idea in the wake of last month's beating of a Giants fan. He said quote, "They don't need to be offering alcoholic beverages at half price when they can't handle the crowd at full price."
Then consider this:
Anyone fortunate enough to be in Morgantown on game day knows just how special those games can be. Sadly, there is a small, but ever-present, minority who treat this time as nothing more than an excuse to ply themselves with alcohol and then act like uncivilized jerks. By selling beer in the stadium and not allowing fans to leave during halftime, Luck hopes to tone down the drunken, unruly behavior of those who don’t know when to stop.
We can all agree that it's not just the beer, it's the idiots that either use drinking as an excuse or who act like arses sober, too. Right? But why does beer carry this license culturally? Not sure that wine or spirits do. In a way, it reminds me a lot about last year's case of the firefighters who went uncharged after taking a keg of beer from a fire scene. What make them think that was OK? It's not that they went around nicking other things... we hope. And we hope that sports fans are for the most part not uncivilized jerks. Yet, it's beer that gives them licence to act. I think it has to do with more than the alcohol. It may have nothing to do with the alcohol. It's the beer. The expectations of beer in addition to its consumption has that quality of a "get out of jail free" card. It places people in another context and in a context where transgressions are presumed excused, where expectations differ. Serving as both catalyst and cause. Is that fair?