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I have never understood why people enjoy drinking heavily at USC football games. Even when I was a college student, the thought of getting smashed before, after or during a game never occurred to me. I am too much a fan of the sport to blur things that way.
That said, I realize that a large number of people love to drink a lot when they attend USC football games. My question is not why do you do it, but why is it that people do not feel the need to do likewise when they go to baseball and basketball games, for example (or do they and I am just not aware)? In other words, why do it for one sport but not others?
BTW, I do drink, so not trying to be down on alcohol.
Why do people drink at bars? Why do people drink at parties?
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I drink to lower my heart rate during games. I didnt drink at the ut game this year and thiught my heart rate was going to rise above 220 on that last drive. Thank gooness for clowney in that game.
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Btw, great question.
I used to drink a lot at USC basketball games while in school. But rarely did any of my fellow students. So you do ask a good question.
I drink at every sporting event at just about every venue. The only time I don't is if it is a place with tight security. But as long as you have a clever female with you who is not scared, getting booze into a game is very easy.
I do think that USC should sell alcohol to the general public. Primarily because it would raise revenue. I am sure we could set up a system so that you had to get a drinking ID card, and if an incident happened that card could be revoked.
We already sell booze in the Champions Club Suites and other booster areas. Why not extend that to responsible adults and turn a profit? Makes no sense to me.
Elliott "Small" Fry
Not asking why people drink. Question is why football but not at other games?
Personally, I make it a rule to never drink when I am either mad or depressed. That probably explains why I don't drink before, during, or after Carolina basketball games.
i drink at football, basketball and baseball
I dont drink after losses. Im pissed off on sunday morning and dont need a headache to make things worse.
I would imagine part of it is the tailgating. We tailgate extensively for football games. Lots of folks take booze in to keep from losing the buzz. I don't drink inside the stadium, but that's because I don't like to be intoxicated when I'm watching football.
I don't ever see tailgating for basketball games.
I drink before baseball games occasionally, but only if we're doing a little tailgating ahead of time.
It isn't hard to tailgate six or seven Saturdays in good weather.
20 basketball games or 30 baseball games, many of them during the week is harder to manage.
I will say that when basketball is in favor there are plenty of people who drink before the game in the nearby bars. students pre-game them in their dorms. In the day, Stuffy's and the Holiday Inn bar would be packed pre-game. Now Thirsty Fellow, and some Vista bars are pretty busy when we have any kind of crowd.
I have actually tailgated regionals and super-regional baseball games. In general baseball is more a niche sport, but I would wager that if you opened a good bar on Williams Street, you would be packed before hand on a regular basis.
I drink at all the games but I only blackout at the big ones. Clemson, UGA, bowl game, Missouri, etc.
I always DVR though so I can see what happened.
This. The tailgating "experience" is the difference-maker. I like to drink before any game, but don't like I used to in undergrad. A stop by Thirsty Fellow is always good before a baseball/basketball game, though.
I think being stone-sober for the 2001 UF game (probably one of 3 in the stadium that day) guaranteed that I would have some alcohol before future football games if I could help it.
OP, be glad I'm not a mod. I'd ban your ass for a week for the OP.
Also worth mentioning SOS wants you loud during the game. I'm definitely louder when I've had a few and would assume most people are. Not sure crowd noise is as important with baseball and basketball.
Of course, most are just drinking because they love alcohol and are much more excited about football than baseball or basketball.
This post was edited by Black Death7 14 months ago
"People always ask me if I wish I were bigger. I tell them no. I always wanted to be a miniature badass." Dustin Pedroia
Way, way back in the day when I was a Carolina student (1962-66), drinking in the stands at the games was the thing to do. Gamecock football was pretty bad back then, so if you were drunk, you really weren't missing much. It was ridiculously easy to sneak a pint bottle into the stadium, and once there, no law enforcement to bother you. I remember one friend of mine brought in a Spanish wineskin (a "bota") filled with vodka and orange juice and stood up during the game squirting it into his mouth.
Since I've been a grownup, I'll imbibe moderately at the tailgate: cold beers for warm afternoons, Orange Blossoms or Bloody Marys for morning tailgates, or hot apple cider spiked with Bourbon in chilly weather. But I always want to be sober during the game itself.
I expect that people overindulge for the same reason that I and my friends did as students; football games are big social occasions in ways that baseball and basketball games are not.
A phenomenon that I do not care for is tailgating but not going into the game. Folks set up big screen TVs and stay outside the stadium, drinking for hours. That led to a tragedy after the USC-Alabama game two years ago. Two guys who had been drinking heavily got into a fight, one fell down and was accidentally run over and killed by the pickup in which he had been riding.
I have no problem with people that tailgate and don't go in the game. Not everyone that does that is incapable of controlling their ability to consume alcohol. Those same people would just just as wasted at their local Chilis anyways
Not a heavy drinker, but for me it's the tailgating. We tailgate for football - not much for basketball or baseball - simple as that.
We have a lot of people at our tailgate that don't go in. They have various reasons for doing that, and some of them do it so they can keep drinking.
I'd rather have them continue drinking at my tailgate than have them getting too drunk in the game and ruining it for everyone else. We have some sober folks that look out for the drunks. I agree with OP, too. Those that drink too much would drink too much anywhere.
^^^^^this...let me add that I tailgate/drink at high school games too.
This post was edited by eskelies 14 months ago
I rarely drink it all these days(I'm 48). However I may mix one or two at football games. And I do fit your question profile in that I don't drink at baseball games or basketball games(Admittedly I rarely attend the latter events).
I think the reason I do chose to mix one or two at the Brice vs others(if and when I attend) is that I'm more emotionally invested, it means more and I most importantly I want to make the experience the most relaxing and enjoyable.
I agree with you in that getting wasted ruins it as I really enjoy the X and Os and stategries invloved. It's hard to comprehend that aspect wasted.
This post was edited by AmenCornerCock 14 months ago
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