Proof that the Red River Rivalry is a big deal

Discussion in 'Sports' started by CIT, Oct 2, 2010.

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  1. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Red River Rivalry: Nearly 50 arrested in Dallas before Texas-Oklahoma game - ESPN Dallas

    I knew the game was big, but I had no clue that it would require 900 police officers to keep it under control. Be safe, Josh, I know you are headed to Dallas right now.
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    So a rivalry is judged by the number of stupid drunks it generates?
  3. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Yes. Because football is a game surrounded by drinking (I know of people who tailgate and are drinking for 8+ hrs on gameday). This is not golf where manners are expected. This is a game surrounded by beer. It is promoted by beer companies, is associated with drinking (you are just expected to be grilling and kicking a cold one back while watching the game), and never shall the two separate. So the more drunk people you have=the more people interested in the game=a bigger rivalry.
  4. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    There weren't many fans on the street downtown Friday afternoon. It's a lot tamer than it used to be (arrests used to be for fights, not for leaving a bar under the influence). They try to corral most of them in the West End (a major bar district) instead of having them wander through downtown. We used to get off early on the day before the game so we could get out of downtown. Yesterday was a full day for most of us.

    I even heard a couple of cops comparing notes with a hot dog vendor at lunchtime over the lack of fan sighted.
  5. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I wonder if the fact that both teams are not that great this year has something to do with it, or if this is the new norm.
  6. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Yes, and even a "no-longer-really-a-rivalry" game is judged the same way. For instance, Florida beats Georgia just about every year. It's still called a rivalry, and it even owns the unofficial moniker of "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."

    Drunks don't really need a reason to get drunk, but football does provide a easier means to and end. :2cents:
  7. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I agree about the drunks. Drunks use college football on Saturdays and NFL on Sundays as their excuse. Somehow makes it seem less evil. Getting plastered at 11am Wednesday morning is frowned upon in society. Getting plastered at 11am on Saturday or Sunday is tailgating.
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