Our opinion: Doubly sad day

Published 11:46 am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It was a sad day for Minnesotans Saturday, as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 to end our state’s playoff dreams for this season.

The number 21 made this game truly disappointing, however. That’s the number of people Green Bay police arrested at Lambeau Field, the highest arrest total this season. Not only is that a disappointing number of fans who couldn’t civilly enjoy the game, it sets a terrible example for younger NFL fans who take their cues how to celebrate the fine sport of football from the actions of others.

Like most statistics, the numbers speak for themselves. Eight arrested for unlawful conduct. Three arrested for unlawful conduct and trespassing, three for unlawful conduct and resisting arrest. Two arrested for unlawful conduct and battery. Three arrested for underage drinking. One arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. And one more arrested for drug possession, all according to the Associated Press.

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Though there’s no word yet on how many Minnesotans were arrested, our state unfortunately posted our own numbers earlier this year, notably a 40-year-old Lakeland, Minn. man who knocked unconscious a 50-year-old Wisconsin man during a brawl involving 20 to 30 people in a parking lot across the street from Lambeau, after the Dec. 2 game.

This is unacceptable to fans from any state. As supporters of the NFL, we ought to be able to enjoy the game, drink our beverages of choice, and plan ahead to make sure we aren’t arrested by police at a sporting event. Worse, it sets a terrible example for children and teenagers, some of whom will learn to do the same sort of things from parents or relatives who were arrested.

While the Vikes try to put up better numbers next season, let’s underperform on arrests per game.