Beer and Hockey
Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. NHL playoffs are in full swing and my beloved Canucks are rocking out in the second round. Now it’s time to sit back, crack a cold one and scream at pixels.
Which got me to thinking, why do sports and beer go together so well? My particular mixture is hockey and ales, but to each their own. And each seems to choose their own brand of beer.
Is this another victory for big beer marketing? Is it because pubs put TVs up for patrons to patriotically party for the home team? Is it because professional sports leagues are an opiate for the working class, which is where beer is historically drunk? Is it because pitchers of whiskey are really expensive?
It’s probably a mash of all of these and then some. Beer is a good time drink, and when you’ren’t (you+are+not= You’re not or you aren’t > therefore > you’ren’t (it’s a new word I just invented)) the one actually out on the pitch (or rink or court or field or what-have-you) it’ perfect for getting right into the game. This is where the alcohol content actually enables you to be a “better” fan then you might have been. I say “better” because while you may be more likely to cheer louder, there’s also a chance you’ll become a jackass.
There’s just something about a watching two teams, one of which you support, compete that suggests you should sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. And that’s exactly what the aura of beer is, so no matter the reasons, it’ll be a match for a long time to come.