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April 23, 2014

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UNR: No brew for you?

If you thought Nevada-Reno's "Pistol" offense was a novel concept, get a load of this:

UNR is now considering banning beer at Wolf Pack football games.

If that happens, what are UNR fans and UNLV fans going to do with their middle fingers every other year?

UNR president Milton Glick said a decision on whether to ban beer sales at Mackay Stadium will be made within the next few weeks so season-ticket holders can be made aware of the proposal and participate in the decision.

Beer sales annually adds about $75,000 to the athletic department coffers. On the negative side, many Wolf Pack football games have been marred by alcohol-fueled fights in the stands.

UNR and UNLV are in the minority when it comes to selling beer at sporting events. Glick said no more than 10-15 percent of NCAA schools sell suds at games.

The ban would only apply to the stadium, not the parking lot before it, "even though you and I know there is a lot more drinking at tailgates than in the stadium," Glick told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

I mean, there's a reason they call Georgia vs. Florida the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."

If they banned beer sales at Sam Boyd Stadium, they'd have a name for UNLV vs. Colorado State, too: "World's Least Attended Outdoor Football Game."

Greg Green, speaker of the student senate at UNR, has started a Facebook page called "Keep Beer at Nevada Football Games" because, he says, students weren't being made aware of the ban and that a beer ban at Mackay Stadium would only lead to increased drinking before games and fans driving to the stadium impaired.

At least that's his story and he's sticking to it a lot better than the label on a frosty bottle of Bud Light.

It should be noted that at 28, Green is of legal drinking age.

And probably too old to be wearing a toga to a fraternity party.

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