In case you were wondering, tailgates can be too successful.
The Tallahassee Democrat's Arek Sarkissian II reports a record 267 people were turned away as they wobbled to the gates to watch Florida State take on Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday evening.
Florida State police officer Jim Russell spoke with Sarkissian and explained officials were more diligent in kicking out patrons who appeared far too drunk to enjoy the festivities sensibly.
Russell stated, "If they were stumbling around or they needed friends to carry them through, we weren’t letting them in. Those people didn’t need to be coming into the game."
Now I have the wonderful vision of students trying to squire their buddy through the gates like some weird football version of Weekend at Bernie's.
Apparently, a not insignificant number of those kicked out of the game at the gate fit the bill as being visibly intoxicated, lending some weight to the sentiment that sometimes the tailgate can be far better than the actual game.
That may have been the case for Hurricanes fans in attendance, because after a week of hype the Seminoles completely walked over their rivals.
Many of the 267 people waking up Sunday with massive hangovers glimpsed the 41-14 final score and either grinned that they escaped watching a drubbing or cringed from missing a thorough thrashing.
At the very least, those who managed to make it all the way to their seats may have found things were far more sober on the inside than past iterations.
The report states this weekend's number bested the 2011 mark of 146 fans sent away during a game between Florida State and Oklahoma. Most importantly, it helped limit the number of fights or other deplorable acts that come from a heated game and the myriad drunk fans that attend.
Sarkissian writes, "Russell was pleased there was no repeat of a 2009 matchup between the 'Noles and the Hurricanes that included a family feud involving children and a stabbing. He credited this year’s success to the preventative ejections."
Russell offered that while some fans had their festivities thwarted by being escorted out before the game even began, it was all in the name of the common good.
Still, this hardly negated all ne'er-do-wells from doing naughty. There were a reported three arrests made during the game, as well as a high number of break-ins reported in the parking lots.
Just as the teams warm up and prepare for the big game, fans are out there getting things done at tailgates, slamming beer and slapping wine bags in pregame jubilation.
Sometimes you can over-prepare for these things. Just ask the 267 inebriated fans whose staggered walk and slurred speech got them a one-way ticket out of Doak.
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