Chicago Is Purposely Trying To Start A Riot Before The MLB Playoffs Even Start

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So if you are/were a Cubs/White Sox fan that was either watching Playoff games this October at a Wrigley/Cell-area bar, or heading to one after you attended the game, what is the worst news that I could pass along to you? (Think about it for a second and then move onto the next paragraph)

Chicago's Mayor, Richard Daley, is seriously asking that bars near both parks cut of alcohol sales after the 7th inning of series-clinching games during these upcoming Playoffs. No, not at the ballpark like they've always done....at EVERY surrounding bar as well. Via Chicago Breaking News....

Mayor Richard Daley said today the city will ask bars near Chicago's baseball stadiums to voluntarily cut off alcohol sales after the seventh inning of home games where the Cubs or White Sox could clinch a playoff series.

While other city officials cautioned that they had yet to discuss the plan with bar owners, the mayor said it was a no-brainer.

"What we're asking is common sense. You can drink as much beer for seven innings as you want," Daley said. "Give me a break. This is common sense, that's all it is. We're asking for the cooperation of everyone."

Asked what he would tell business owners who fear a loss of business, Daley replied, "I'll have somebody buy their place tomorrow ... If you've been drinking for five hours and you're laying on the floor, don't give that person another beer.

"I mean, give me a break ... It's not going to cost them any business. They made enough money all year, I'm sorry. We're just talking about common sense."
Ummm....no. That's not common sense actually. The only thing this plan will accomplish will either be, a riot, or assuring that your ass isn't going to get re-elected. If people want to drink, or continue to drink, they're going to find a way. Pissing off business owners, and Baseball fans, by doing this seems like a very bad idea if you ask me, but I'm not paid to make decisions like this. Thank god because I would probably try and make booze free or something, which could ultimately have the same effect.

Ballpark area bars could go dry after 7th (Chicago Breaking News)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:02 PM

20 Comments:

You must be new to Chicago. Daley could openly say he's a Yankees and Cards fan and he'll still never leave office.

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:06:00 PM  

I'm pretty sure Daley's business card reads "Mayor (For Life)".

twoeightnine said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

Daley is also pining to have St. Paddy's Day liquor sales stopped in February.

GMoney said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:10:00 PM  

That is true. I'm not up on my Chicago politics these days. I know he's been there forever, but this seems like a deal breaker if you ask me.

Unless he pulls the 2016 Olympics.

Sep 23, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

it's kind of hard to be voted out of office when Daley's got three votes from every permanent cemetary resident throughout greater Chicagoland. Legitimate elections are NOT the Chicago way.

And if I had to sit in a bar around the Cell you best believe I wouldn't want to stop drinking. I might sober up and realize I'm in a bar around the Cell. THAT's a frightening thought.

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:16:00 PM  

Having lived in the area around Wrigley for over seven years, I can understand Daley's sentiments here, although I dislike Da Mayor greatly. The hood's become a huge drunk tank after every home game these days, but it's too late to do anything about it now.

Dmac said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

1. They are "asking", there is no way to make it a requirement.

2. Bring a flask!

Matthew said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:29:00 PM  

Actually, this should be interesting. San Francisco closed down the annual Halloween drunkfest, including all the bars in and near the Castro. I'd like to think Chicagoans wouldn't take such a thing lying down (which, sadly, is exactly what we did in SF).

troymccluresf said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

So bar patrons will toast a Cubs victory with...what, exactly? Water? Soda?

Sean O said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:35:00 PM  

If all goes as the mayor plans, imagine how pissed people will be if a game goes into extras.

Plus, lately all anyone talks about in relation to drinking is "the evils of binge drinking." If this goes into effect, then people are just gonna be chugging up until the 7th (similar to when at the park, but much easier because beers aren't $8).

Bazooka Jones said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:44:00 PM  

@troymccluresf - well if people had not been shot and killed on Halloween night in the Castro, it might still be going on.

Unfortunately, those killed were lying down.:-(

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 4:55:00 PM  
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Sep 23, 2008, 5:03:00 PM  

Mayor Daley's lucky he didn't come up with this genius idea in 2003.

Sep 23, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

As someone who luckily got tix to one of the Cubs playoff games, I better not be blocked from getting a celebratory drink after the game.

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 6:29:00 PM  

The key point there is not during all the games, just during any home game that would clinch a series. That's what, maybe 6 games in the entire post season?

Besides, if the Cubs win the Series, there's a good chance that Wrigleyville is going to burn, burn, burn anyway.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 23, 2008, 9:30:00 PM  

Bring back your ace community organizer to calm the masses.

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 9:44:00 PM  

@Anon 9:44

That, was truly, outstanding.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 23, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

@Anon 9:44
You mean do the kinds of things that McCain urged people to do in his acceptance speech? Yeah, outstanding indeed.

This won't work and probably won't be implemented. I think it's just a warning to the people who might drink too much and do stupid things, which could work. If the City makes statements now, then they can't face too much backlash if they arrest scores of people on a winning game night.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 9:15:00 AM  

The amount of nannyism that takes place in Chicago is ridiculous. People will walk, take a taxi, or quite possibly drive to other neighborhoods and continue their drinking there.

All this will accomplish is rioting, vandalism, and drunk driving.
Stay classy Chicago!!

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 9:45:00 AM  

Let it be known this Mayor Daley is very different from his father and most of the corruption of Chicago politics have been in the Governor's office (I believe 5 out of 6 have been indicted).

Anyway, where is Abbie Hoffman when you need him?

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 1:20:00 PM  

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