The video featured two attractive women.
It was shot by an onlooker.
It hit YouTube by storm.
You’re no doubt thinking “sex,” but let me assure you the women kept their clothes on. Unfortunately, that was the only ladylike thing about them.
On the video, they appeared intoxicated, swore like sailors, got in fights, then screamed, shoved and cursed until security finally took them away, one in handcuffs.
This was not a women’s penitentiary. It was a Lions game. You can argue that watching the Lions might make anyone go ballistic. But I’m guessing these women, like many football fans, had another reason for their belligerence:
They were hammered before the game began.
And you could shoot this video every Sunday.
Look, it’s bad enough that most NFL games begin at 1 p.m. and that people are buying beers before kickoff. But thanks to tailgating, many fans are blotto before they hand over their tickets. One day, we’ll explain to Martians our tradition of arriving hours before a football game, sitting in cold parking lots in fold-up beach chairs, swigging beers and grilling fatty foods between bumpers of pickups (at which point the Martians will bolt to their spaceships).
I blame the tailgaters, but I also blame the teams — pro and college. By encouraging a seven-hour drinking experience, football now sees its stadiums marred with behavior like this past week’s wildly popular YouTube moment (billed as “Two Drunk Girls Kicked out of Vikings vs Lions Game”).
I’m not much of Mitch Albom fan, but good for him. Whether one agrees with him or not, it’s something we all take for granted and it deserves discussion.