Feb 13, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
They worry about hooliganism in soccer, and American football has its alcohol-fueled violence in the stands. But what’s the big security threat to Australian cricket?
Of course it’s unauthorized beer snakes.
Yes, beer snaking is a thing, and the Australians are the best at it. That’s when people in the crowd at a sporting event — usually cricket — begin collecting empty beer cups and stacking them together to form a large, snake-like line of cups (see photos). At a test match on Jan. 20 between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a majestic beer snake of more than 100 meters was formed during a rain delay (see it here). The Courier-Mail claims that his is a world record, and so far none have stepped up with evidence to prove them wrong.
But beer snaking has become so popular in Australian cricket (must be the pace of the action Zzzzzzz) that fans have begun doing it during actual play. This has caused security to begin cracking down on the practice.
Yes, cricket cops were actually on the lookout for people stacking cups on Friday during a test match between Australia and South Africa.
Sydney cricket fan David Yeomans was at Friday’s match and said it was “ridiculous” how many people were kicked out for getting involved in snaking.
“They were grabbing anyone who held up a stack of about six or more cups and taking them out of the ground,” he said. “I don’t know what the big deal is – it’s a way to get everyone involved and usually creates a bit more of an atmosphere around the ground.”
Of course beer snaking is not confined to cricket. Here’s a relatively short but feisty beer snake formed during beach volleyball competition at the London Olympics.
We may have found a way to get more people to Marlins games. I hear there’s a bounty on snakes in Florida.
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