Don't be the Drunken Knights

Don't be the Drunken Knights

There are 43 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 10, 2007, titled Don't be the Drunken Knights. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

More than a few football fans aren't painting a pretty picture of Game Day at the University of Central Florida.

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Back at ya

United States

#41 Nov 10, 2007
"Our position: Biased Sentinel Writers need to start policing their own behavior.

November 10, 2007

More than a few Sentinel writer aren't painting a pretty picture of their paper, the Orlando Sentinel.

Dumbass Sentinel dumping drinks on UCF fans. Dumbass Sentinel composing inflammatory statements at UCF fans -- in the presence of children, no less. Dumbass Sentinel spitting on their subscription audience.

See a pattern developing here?

Sentinel Sports Editor Mullet Hoppes says he's doing everything he can to combat dumbassness, in general, and underage writing, in particular, before papers are published. Editors check IDs of nearly 150 writers each night and arrest, on average, 16 underage writers.

At some point, though, it's up to the writers to police themselves -- and one another. Orlando Sentinel's paper could be great addition to the city if certain writers pulled their collective heads out of their asses.

Most writers understand that and are acting accordingly. And the Sentinel certainly hasn't cornered the market in booze and bad behavior. Web sites are filled with stories about unruly fans at the St. Pete Times, Miami Herald, and USA Today -- the list goes on.

But the Orlando Sentinel, a fading newspaper trying to build a subscription base, has a lot more at stake than established papers.

Remember, most UCF fans live in Orlando. Their first loyalty may be to UCFSports.com or ucfathletics.com , but they live in Greater Orlando.

They are your subscribers, Sentinel writers!

And everyday, you want them reading your paper."
Miss Lyle

Jersey City, NJ

#42 Nov 10, 2007
Having worked at 4 SEC schools I can attest to the fact that many of the miscreants at university athletic events are not members of the staff or student body, but mere hangers-on attracted by the opportunity to be part of something they never put forth the effort to earn.

Require student or staff IDs to be in areas "guests" will be compelled to traverse en route from car to seat.

Keep the local riff-raff on the outskirts.

Another solution is Mississippi State's famous Left Field Lounge rule. Folks wait for years for a permit to park a pick-up in a field just beyond the left field fence of the baseball stadium. They store the chairs and grill in the cab beween games.(The pick-up never moves). The official rule is NO ALCOHOL, and none is ever found - until you start making a horse's patoot out of yourself. Then you and your pick-up are tossed out.

Assign tailgating spots, and revoke the permits when there is misbehavior associated with a particular spot.
ucf sucks

Orlando, FL

#43 Nov 11, 2007
im sorry you are all absolutely ridiculous if you are saying ucf kids are not completely loud obnoxious drunks. just sitting at buffao wild wings one night i watched 2 drunk ucf students yell and make fun of a girl wearing an fsu shirt. fsu is having a rough year but in case you dont realize we are still in a good conference unlike ucf, fsu, uf, miami and usf actually play good teams on a regular basis so until ucf stops backing out of playing teams like florida you people need to stop acting like ucf is a good team and that most of the students are obnoxious drunks and just put the whole city of orlando in danger every time you kids go out and get drunk and drive

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