The Best Sports to Drink At

The Top Sports to Drink At

If sports fans were at all honest, they’d admit that going to watch a live sports event is not the ideal way to enjoy their favourite sports. Being in a 50,000-seater stadium usually means you can choose between being close enough to see the ball, but not the context, or seeing the flow of play but not the ball.
What’s more – there are no replays, sofas, or mute buttons, nor can you change channels when the game goes into a lull. This is precisely why alcohol is such an important accessory when attending a live sports event. Whilst some sports events are livened up by a couple of pints, others are virtually torture without the same.

Here are our picks for the best sports events to drink at:


Cricket

NAGPUR, INDIA - OCTOBER 29: Glenn McGrath of Australia pours beer on teammate Jason Gillespie after day four of the Third Test between India and Australia played at the VCA Stadium on October 29, 2004 in Nagpur, India. Australia take an unbeatable 2 - 0 lead in the series. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Cricket was probably designed for drinking. In the old days spectators at county matches spiked their tea with brandy and put cucumbers pickled in 100 proof grain spirit on their sandwiches. Today, security staff are more alert to the effects of strong liquor on the behaviour of fans, who as a result have to make do with beer in plastic cups.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23:  A member of the Fanatics drinks beer at the Gabba cricket ground during the first Ashes test November 23, 2006 in Brisbane, Australia.

Because it is virtually impossible to see anything that happens in a test match, bar players walking up and down the field, these plastic cups of beer have developed into an important part of the sport. They not only help fans to settle into a deep relaxing sleep, but also assist them in relating better to other bored spectators.


Horseracing

A man lies on the ground as race-goers walk past him on the first day of Royal Ascot, at the Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2006 in Ascot, England. The event has been one of the highlights of the racing and social calendar since 1711, and the royal patronage continues today with a Royal Procession taking place in front of the grandstands daily. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) It’s a sobering fact that should a ban of alcohol be implemented at horse races in the United Kingdom, the suicide rate is likely to escalate five fold. When it comes to a sport where people bet away thousands, alcohol is often the last refuge and solace of the luckless.

However, alcohol may also play an important role in helping people deal psychologically and emotionally with the effects of wearing ridiculous hats. Female racegoers caught passing out at car parks or emptying their bladders on the turf, have merely chosen the most logical response to the humiliation of having to wear cardboard wedding cakes on their heads.


Football

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY - MAY 18: Players of Kaiserslautern pour a beer over coach Milan Sasic after the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 1. FC Koeln at the Fritz-Walter-Stadium on May 18, 2008 in Kaiserslautern, Germany (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images) LYON, FRANCE: Manchester United British supporters drink beers before the Champions League football match opposing Lyon to Manchester United 15 September 2004 in Lyon. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images) It’s universally recognised that it is virtually impossible to get a good football riot going without first dosing up on large quantities of liquor. While many football stadiums ban liquor precisely for this reason, smart football fans find a way around these rules and regulations, mostly in the form of plastic sachets filled with their spirit of choice.

Any alcohol that remains unconsumed can also be used for setting fires when the riots really get going. The importance of firelighting cannot be overemphasized, particularly in Scotland and England where hypothermia claims the lives or extremities of hundreds of football fans every year.


Golf

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with bottles of whisky awarded for winning the tournament, scoring the lowest round on Saturday and getting 2 birdies on the 12th hole following his victory at the end of the Final Round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club on July 13, 2008 in Luss, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) Darren Clarke of Europe celebrates by downing a pint of Guinness on the clubhouse balcony after Europe won the Ryder Cup by a score  of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Golf would be no fun at all if spectators didn’t shout out totally irrelevant words of encouragement from the gallery just as players swung through crucial shots. This would, in turn, be impossible if those shouting the words of encouragement hadn’t first had the function of their forebrains shut off by large quantities of alcohol.

The fact that golf and whisky evolved side by side is no accident either. Golf helped the heavy drinking Borders area Scots who invented the game get exercise and thus avoid perishing from cirrhosis, while the whisky performed a complimentary function by preventing these same individuals dying from boredom during golf matches.

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