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Old 12-11-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
 
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A Super Debacle

While we still were all happily replaying the snowy and zany events of Week 14 in our heads, the 11th commandment was handed down from on high early this week, and at first glance, it sounds just as iron-clad and restrictive as the original 10, and possibly more consequential if violated:

“Thou shalt not tailgate at this year’s Super Bowl in New Jersey—not even a little bit. Thus saith the Super Bowl XLVIII host committee.”


Is this the scene at Super Bowl 48? No, but it might not be far off.


And just to prove they really mean it when they say absolutely no wieners on the grill or space-eating games of cornhole at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, here’s the money quote from the committee’s CEO Al Kelly, who apparently issued the following comments with a straight face:

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car. And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it’ll all be watched very carefully.”

In other words, a lot more carefully than referee Jeff Triplette watched that replay review of the BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown in Cincinnati last week. Consider yourself warned.

Call me crazy, but when you tell football fans that they can tailgate as long as they don’t use a grill or lounge chairs, and agree to keep at least one body part in contact with their car, truck or igloo-on-wheels at all times, you’ve kind of gutted the essence of the whole tailgating experience.

You must stay within the boundaries of a single parking space with your food and drink? For a league that has its hands full just keeping Mike Tomlin off the field during a game, this sounds like someone is biting off more than they can chew. Or police. Will there really be parking-space monitors patrolling the MetLife lots? Lord help us if there are Eagles or Raiders fans on the premises. I know from personal experience you don’t really want to tangle with those people when they get their tailgating groove on. Your car may be the one to suffer.

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This is a sign of the future. The NFL is going to try and take away as much tailgating as they can, because of the individual consumption of food and beverages instead of buying it from the stadium. Notice how they have used the Champions Square thing to increase the perimeter around the Dome, now you can't bring food or beverages from outside in there. Notice how they have been cracking down on the beer sellers and food vendors (second line food truck type guys) in the side streets and areas around the Superdome. It's all about revenue. They have also been making businesses get permits to sell beer etc on game days. The NFL's worst nightmare is somebody in the parking lot with an RV, giving away sausages and beer to friends and fans.
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Try this stunt at an LSU game and they torch the city.
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they don't let people do fun stuff in new joisey.

it has been that way a long time.

that is why so many of us DON'T live there.
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Being a young'n and all, I recall from days of innocence, riding in the backseat of Daddy's Wildcat Buick Skylark, a magical image of a Goddess flying along with us as we drove somewhere.

It was painted on one of those vans and I never understood why we couldn't bring one home.

Growin' up and all, I remember losing my innocence, being ridden in the backseat of David's Barrraaacuda, I felt like a Goddess at a baseball game as he tried to steal home.

It was uncomfortable and I wished I was in a van while David hit one out of the park and drove it in.

And now I see the future in the glass bubble window panel of a fully equipped van in parked in the Meadowlands.

And you will too!

I predict a run on conversion vans in New Jersey.

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