They can do better than that.
No, they must do better.
(Chesney fans set an exceptionally high standard for gross-out conduct in one of the most revolting days in city history. It wasn't that they left 22 tons of garbage in their wake that impressed and repulsed people all across the country; it was the fact that so much of the tonnage was intermingled with human waste.)
To their credit, many Bryan tailgaters took the term many people used to describe them -- white trash -- a tad too literally. They turned the parking lots surrounding the stadium into their own personal landfills.
They could have discarded their empty cans and bottles into the thousands of free trash bags provided in the lots. They preferred to casually toss them to the ground.
Those breaches of etiquette were admirable, but there were only 10 citations for public urination. That's disgraceful.
The obvious overreliance on Port-A-Johns indicates that far too many people were concerned with modesty. Not enough remained focused on the goal of garnering the city unfavorable national publicity.
Other incident statistics from the
Was this a country music event or a
It's miraculous that such banal proceedings were featured on many newscasts across the country. It's incredible that a video of an inebriated tailgater doing a comical sidewalk face-plant went viral on the Internet.
We can't count on being that fortunate in the future.
The problem, as I see it, is that many of the folks who flooded the lots as early as
They selfishly just wanted to binge-drink for 10 hours before the concert.
What needs to happen for the city to move forward from what accurately is being described as a travesty? The drunken, slovenly and occasionally violent types need to be made aware that maintaining Pittsburgh's status as a national laughingstock every time a big country music act comes to town is their solemn responsibility.
Perhaps one of their own can be persuaded to help spread that message.
Think the face-plant guy might be willing?
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