To the People

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or TO THE PEOPLE.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Football: A Sanctuary of Freedom in the Nanny-State

Every time I attend a football game I marvel at how the game has escaped the control of the nanny-staters and do-gooders. Not only is bad behavior allowed at football games, it is expected. The game itself is violent and wild, but the scene in the parking lot prior is even better.

At 10 a.m. yesterday I was there with the masses at FedEx Field getting primed for the Dallas game. Where else in this country, aside from football parking lots, are people allowed to assemble in the thousands and swill beer and Maker's Mark while simultaneously deep-frying a turkey and blasting Led Zeppelin?

There was a slightly dangerous feel, as everyone was intoxicated and emotional well before 1 o'clock, but guess what? It was okay and no one died. This is called having fun, something that nanny-staters have forgetten is important to the human psyche, which just needs to have fun sometimes. There is also something to be said for allowing wild fun in public places, as yuppie K Street lawyers mingle with people from Anacostia and find that they have something in common and, for at least one day, are best pals. My nightmare is that this is all too good to be true and that its days are numbered.

Oh, we beat Dallas in what is now among the greatest football cliffhangers ever. The 5th Quarter Club, which features a live band and the First Ladies of Football, the Redskinettes, was packed. I can't believe the cheerleaders are legal too, as they provide way too much enjoyment.