Saturday, August 17, 2013

The EPL is back and no more nice purses at NFL games

From where I sit it looks like football is back...


Yes, real football. I love the NFL, thoroughly enjoy the CFL, but this is football, this is the English Premier League. The top flight of club football in the world. Please don't get me wrong, I have a great deal of respect for the Bundesliga, La Ligua and Serie A. There are some powerhouse sides, with huge names in each of those leagues. But it's not the EPL. It's football done by those who created it. The EPL is a tough league, there isn't room to hide from a hard tackle and don't expect sympathy from the referee. As for the fans, have a browse through some of these to get a flavour of the British football supporter. And after the way the season ended two years ago...

this really is the best league.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, don't bother to take a nice purse to any NFL games.

Sure, the bombing at the Boston Marathon got everyone worried about unattended bags, but this ban is ridiculous. That was a tragedy. Not a trend. I can't blame the NFL, or any other leagues, for upping security. However, this comes across as heavy handed. The target seems to specifically be purses and diaper bags. There can be just as much damaging material in a heavy winter jacket as a purse, but there's no ban on parkas. Let's add to that the ban doesn't apply to tailgating. So, a terrorist could just as easily cause havoc before a game as during. This feels more like an attempt to get money out of fans to buy their stupid plastic bags, as an effort to keep people safe. If the NFL was serious about keeping people safe they would ban tailgating, have fully body scanners at every door and do a full background check on every ticket buyer. More like boarding an airplane. Hopefully, that will never happen. Hopefully.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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