Ban coolers? But they're a NASCAR institution

Jeff Gordon's Beer Toss Bash was the talk of Talladega. But let's not penalize the entire crowd, writes Marty Smith. After all, NASCAR is the biggest BYOB party on the planet.

Updated: May 3, 2007, 3:20 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Dozens of folks wrote me this week with the master solution to remedying the Talladega beer toss: Ban coolers.

It'd work. But it'd stink.

The concern is certainly warranted. A full beer can from 75 rows up is a deadly weapon, and eliminating them from the equation would go a long way toward fixing the problem. But is it fair?

Let's say 2,500 people threw objects from the stands Sunday at Talladega -- should the well-behaved 175,000 be punished? No. And I'd hate to ...

Read full story


You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?