Fans at Cincinnati Bengals games can now report obnoxious fans to security by dialing 381-JERK. I'm not kidding.
My favorite parts of this article are the following.
Jeanie Dittrich of West Chester, a season ticket holder, said she was offended by drunken fans when she took her 12-year-old son, Austin, to a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A woman kept spilling beer on her, and a man next to her son was swearing and helped start a fight. “We told him beforehand, ’You might see some drunk people, you might hear some ... swearing.’ But at the game, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m going to mar my son for the rest of his life by having him come to this game,”’ she said.
Listen Jeanie. You took your son to a professional sporting event. If you wanted a place with no swearing and no booze, take him to a cemetary or school. He'll love that. And he probably was more emotionally devastated because the Bengals lost that game than because of anything he heard in the stands that day. Quit coddling your kid and let him enjoy a game up to his ankles in beer, blood, and peanut shells like the rest of us. I also love how there are the three dots in front of "swearing." I'm imagining this woman breaking down and crying recounting the horrors of Paul Brown Stadium during the interview.
Also: News flash Jeanie: Your son is 12. No one on this blog will describe me as a hardass, but by age 12, I was already cursing like a sailor and had been in a couple fights. If I, the token soccer writer on this blog had done that by 12, I can assure you your little angel is as well. He probably got a kick out of the atmopshere at the stadium.
Bedinghaus said the Bengals expect some prank calls.
“If you get 6,000 people calling this line — ’Hey, (Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger is a jerk’ — then it becomes less effective,” he said. “The thing to remember is we have caller ID on this line.”
OK, but people are going to be calling from cell phones. It's not like you can track anyone down and figure out what seat they're in. Be lucky they're saying Rothlisberger is a jerk and not telling you to ask for Amanda Hugginkizz.