Why do beer and sports go so well together? It’s a mystery well worth researching, but I’ve only gotten as far as one Huffington Post article.
Apparently, beer was the drink of immigrants in the 19th century since access to clean water was limited for those who couldn’t afford to live near fresh water. In other words, anyone who lived in the city, and especially those who lived in the slums.
Through this connection to the poor and the working class, beer earned its reputation as the drink of the working classes and those who identified with them, a connection that remains strong even today.
It’s no surprise then that the sports that aim to represent that same cross-section of American culture are today still well-represented by beer commercials and a beer cultural. In fact, it seems clear that you could even subdivide the beer culture here and claim that the big brand beers that still tend to be drunk by the working class are the only beer culture represented at, say, NFL games. There’s very little to be seen of microbrews or craft brews during NFL broadcasts, and there are few beers on offer at stadiums that aren’t in the Budweiser or Miller families.
This got me thinking, what drink represents each sport best in America? For football, it’s clearly mainstream beer brands, as mentioned above. What else? If I think of basketball, I think of Gatorade, which is some excellent branding on that company’s part.
For tennis, I think tea probably is the closest thing to a drink connection, although I believe the English drink a fruity alcoholic drink called Pimm’s.
That leaves a lot of beverages available for other sports. Hockey, I think, deserves to also have a place in the beer community, but for that sport, I think foreign beers are more commonly associated, such as Lebatt.
So where do those microbrews fit in in the sporting context? I think the answer has to be soccer. Soccer is the sport of hipsters, internationals, and immigrants. It’s a cool sport with a young following in this country, and that group very neatly overlaps with the craft brew community.
For soccer fans, there’s a sense of being part of the sporting community but still apart here. You’re watching a sport that isn’t a respected sport in this country, and that gives you a specific kind of identity, the kind of identity that seeks out a beer that isn’t like other beers, for instance.
You also see more youthful innovation in that beer market (consider the Growler Chiller, for instance), just like you see international concepts like the sports pub being imported for soccer.
It just makes sense for the two to go together.
There’s still plenty of other sports and drinks out there to connect, but I think I might start doubling back on a few of them. Baseball seems a mainstream beer sport as well, as does NASCAR. Perhaps you can’t put one sport to one drink so neatly.
Still, I think the connection between drinks, social classes, and sports is there if we look for it.
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Distracted driving, speeding, and street racing are some of the most dangerous reckless driving behaviors. What makes them inexcusable is the fact that most drivers do them intentionally. They allow distractions because they are confident with their driving skills. They speed because they want to save time. They race on the streets because they want to feel the thrill of it.
There is one more kind of reckless driving that is just as dangerous – drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated is considered an offense, because it poses as a threat not just to the drunk driver, but also to the other motorists around him.
Some of the effects of alcohol on the body include the following:
- Body control problems, particularly the head, arms, and feet, which are all important body parts for driving
- Drowsiness, fatigue, and intense feelings of relaxation that may make the driver close his eyes or fall asleep while on the wheel
- Mental lapses, such as the inability to comprehend traffic lights, understand road signs, and judge the position of vehicles and pedestrians
- Slow reaction to unexpected events, like abruptly turning vehicles and crossing pedestrians
- Vision problems, like blurry vision and slow eye movement
These effects can lead to traffic accidents. Drunk drivers, their passengers, and the other innocent parties around them that may get involved in the accidents may sustain traumatic injuries, particularly in the head, face, neck, chest, shoulder, back, arms, and legs.
According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., there are a variety of defenses against Driving While Intoxicated charges. But when you think about it, avoiding drunk driving is a better choice than trying to defend yourself from suffering the consequences of your reckless behavior.
The best way to avoid drunk driving is to let another person drive for you. If you are planning on drinking, bring someone who is not going to drink alcohol, so he can take you home and prevent you from forcing yourself to drive. You can also use public transportation, such as buses and trains. If you want something more convenient, you can even use ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber.
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People go to swimming pools and resorts to escape from the summer heat. Swimming is a time for recreation and fun, but sometimes, it may also be a time for disaster. According to the website of the Warwick, Rhode Island personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., pool owners may be held liable for injuries and deaths that have occurred because of their negligence.
It is good to know that the law is on the side of the victims. But as an individual, you should also be responsible for your own safety, to save you from the hassles of medical bills, attorney fees, and lost time in hospitals and courts. The most common injuries from swimming pool accidents are written below so you know the risks you are getting yourself into if you are not careful enough.
Drowning is the most obvious accident that can happen in a swimming pool. For children, drowning may occur because of the lack of supervision on the side of the parents and guardians and the lack of barriers due to the negligence on the part of the pool owners. For adults, drowning may occur because of reckless swimming on deep portions, swimming while under the influence, and unexpected circumstances such as leg cramps.
Head and Brain Injury
A person may sustain a traumatic head injury if he slips because of wet surfaces on the edges of the pool and hits his head on a hard surface. It can also be sustained because of poor diving techniques and defective diving boards and slides. The worst traumatic head injuries include brain damage. Those who are experiencing oxygen deprivation, like those who are drowning, may also sustain complications in the brain.
Fracture and sprain
Fractures and sprains can be sustained because of various reasons. They may be sustained because of diving on shallow areas, slipping on wet surfaces beside the pool, and twisting of lower body parts because of slippery pool surfaces.
Skin and lung irritation
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Disinfectants such as chlorine are there to make sure that the swimming pool is safe from harmful bacteria in the water. But the improper balancing of disinfectants may be too much for humans, resulting into irritations involving the eyes, ears, skin, and lungs.