Former United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis might not have known much about tailgating, but he definitely knew a thing or two about personal freedoms. Brandeis once said, “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent… The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
Where’s the beef? Back in April, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first city in the country to approve a “Meatless Monday” resolution. The resolution, sponsored by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, declares that every Monday in San Francisco is a “Vegetarian Day” and recommends that restaurants, grocery stores, schools and others offer more “plant-based food options.” In passing the measure, Maxwell stated, “Our goal is to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”
Apart from the whole “Nanny State” personal freedom debate, planetary health and the “Meat versus Vegetarian” diet discussion, the truly pressing question now is exactly how will this resolution effect tailgating? Well, as it usually is with all non-binding resolutions, the answer is… likely not at all. The whole “Meatless Monday” resolution is just that… non-binding.
Are you ready for some tofu? Perhaps in consideration of the Meatless Monday resolution in San Francisco, maybe 49er fans can try some meatless options while tailgating at Candlestick Park for the Monday September 20th home opener game against the New Orleans Saints. Marinated and grilled vegetables are always great and a properly-dressed grilled portabella mushroom sandwich can be down-right delicious. That, or keep the burgers, chicken, brats and steaks on the menu but toss in a few extra carrot or celery sticks next to the dip to balance things out. The bottom line is that tailgaters with their acts together don’t need the man to tell them that having a balanced menu keeps everyone happy and healthier.
If you can’t do the time… Just for fun, here are a few other resolutions that are either being considered or have been passed by the City of San Francisco Board of Supervisors:
• All televisions in public areas including restaurants, health clubs, and retail stores are required to display closed captioning while they are on. So kiss that lower-screen news and sports scores scroll goodbye and cover it up with the always accurate and timely closed captioning.
• No restaurant can have any toy giveaways unless the menu item featured meets certain low calorie and sodium requirements. With one act, suddenly all of those “Happy Meals” in San Francisco just got a lot less happy.
• A binding resolution is currently being considered that would prohibit anyone from sitting on a curb or city sidewalk between the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Yes, you did read that last sentence correctly.
• No plastic shopping bags…anywhere. “Good afternoon sir…paper or…er…never mind…”
• Retailers are required to post radiation-emission information on any make and model of cell phone that is sold in the City of San Francisco. This obviously would prevent an unsuspecting consumer from being sent to a parallel dimension or be transported back in time if they were talking on their cell phone while standing in front of an active microwave oven.
In spite of all of these binding and non-binding resolutions, Candlestick Park and AT&T Park in San Francisco actually have some of the best tailgating spots around and both venues are very “tailgate friendly.”
Live free and tailgate, Baby…