October 22, 2004

Turn Off The Spigots

Menino was considering a prohibition on alcohol during the World Series in Boston, but has since backed off on the threat.

(Saw this first on Steve’s blog)

So, they’re floating all sorts of trial balloons on how to control the crowds during what promises to be a very exciting and inciting series.

We’re an intelligent bunch. Let’s hear some suggestions for the mayor on how to deal with the exuberance and destructiveness of Boston fandom. I’ll start you off.

  • Prohibit alcohol sales during the games. Allow the sale and consumption of marijuana.Crowds will be too mellow to riot.
  • Free alcohol given to Red Sox fans, but use it to lure drunk patrons into a big lobster trap where they will be unable to riot.
  • Have FOX news broadcast that the Red Sox already won the World Series last week. If they repeat it enough, people will believe it and there will be no reason to riot because the win will be too far in the past.
  • Protect police from rioters by issuing them “Yankees Suck” T-Shirts, which will confuse the rioters.
  • Bomb and invade Worcester, taking the fight to the rioters there so you don’t have to fight the rioters in Boston.
  • Instead of a pregame show, broadcast political speeches. Lull the crowds to sleep.
  • Two words: Daytime. Games. Added bonus, kids can watch the games.

OK, your turn.

Posted by James at October 22, 2004 4:11 PM
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Armed police INSIDE the bars keeping a watchful eye on alcohol consumption...

Does this bother anyone else or is it just my Libertarian instincts getting the best of me?

If I went into a bar and had one too many...as long as I took a cab or the T home, what business is it of theirs?

Consuming alcohol is a legal activity; rioting and property destruction are not. Do we really want the police sticking their noses into the perfectly legal recreational activities of a free people on the pretext that well, hey, some of these folks MAY go out later and do something bad?

It really scares me...

Posted by: Steve at October 22, 2004 5:04 PM

As far as I know, Portugal tried #1 during the recent soccer dealie and it worked very well.

Posted by: David Grenier at October 22, 2004 5:06 PM

We seem to like giving up our freedoms for a little safety lately. People are starting to believe it's the right thing to do.

Thank you, George Bush.

Posted by: James at October 22, 2004 5:10 PM

Your daytime games idea is the best one. Kids would be less likely to riot if they could be seen in broad daylight. And I miss afternoon games, dammit. If only television didn't rule society.

Posted by: Mike at October 22, 2004 8:13 PM

It's television, yes, but also money, money, money.

Posted by: James at October 24, 2004 11:47 AM

Why should police inside the bar be a problem? They have as much right to be there as you do. I don't necessarily think it will help since I'm pretty sure the 80000 people around Fenway didn't all come out of bars on Landsdowne Street.

I'm with James and Mike. Day games would rule! How about locking all the college students in their dorms for the next week! There should be enough Ramen noodles and cold pizza in their to keep them alive for a while. We could even give them incentive. A keg of Busch per dorm.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at October 25, 2004 8:55 AM

At the risk of boring you all to tears, I restate my explanation of the psychology of the crowd versus the psychology of the individual.

People tend to act out in groups, especially in such a large group as 80,000. Add alcohol and expect trouble.

I think it's awful that these kids got shot with what is essentially a pepper ball from a paint gun, and the welts on the kid who was on the news this morning were truly gruesome. He said he hadn't done anything bad, he'd just climbed up on a platform.

Really? Like the "platform" over the front door of a business? Or was he one of the morons trying to scale the back wall of Fenway?

Look, it's simple. Enjoy the game. Enjoy a beer or two (or four, as I did in Bar Harbor during game 6 (or was it 5?). If you want to celebrate, celebrate, just don't be a dick.

You couldn't have _paid_ me to be with 80,000 people in Kenmore Square. I'd be afraid of being trampled. Then there's the whole "groupthink" crowd mentality. No thanks.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 25, 2004 11:29 AM

Police inside the bar is only a problem if they try to act pre-emptively to prevent a riot. As in "I think you have had enough to drink. You need to come with me." I have no problem with bars shutting people off who they think have had too much. I just don't want to see the police trying to cut into people's good time in the name of safety and security and turning a reasonable party into an unreasonable riot.

Posted by: briwei at October 25, 2004 4:17 PM

Any club or bar you go to will have a cop inside. It's a security issue, and it's been done for years. I've never been in a bar where the cop has arrested anyone, etc. Not a problem for me.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 26, 2004 8:39 AM

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