January 25, 2010

"Allergy friendly"...

... hockey game.

35 comments:

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Now I remember why I'm allergic to UW hockey.

reader_iam said...

Good grief! Althouse is under assault by the spammer "Mavsoley"!

(Which means, indirectly, that my reader_iam mail account is, too, for every post on which I offered up a comment and clicked "email response." Which is how I knew Althouse was being spammed.)

Here I though people've been saying Althouse is "catchy." Now I realize they meant "catching."

; )

Meade said...

What a friend we have in Allerjesus.

reader_iam said...

There for a split-second, when I opened my inbox, I thought I'd suddenly gotten all popular or something. *Sigh.*

LOL.

Peter V. Bella said...

Isn't that just badgertastic!

Freeman Hunt said...

So, just peanuts or every other food too?

k*thy said...

Bushman - it's always a great day for hockey - even without peanuts. And for a real treat, you can see the same two teams play the day before - outside, at Camp Randall (I think I'm busy that day).

mccullough said...

Women's hockey needs a Mia Hamm.

Until then, this is smart marketing because the women's hockey games are not too crowded. With all the kids with allergies in the greater Madison area, and their parents, they could fill the arena.

Original Mike said...

As much as I love the women's team ("I luv the womens. I truely do.") the attendance is low enough that I would think an allergy sufferer could sit as far away from their fellow human beings as they want.

Pogo said...

A hockey game between sufferers of "Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome" would be great.

A whole team of bubble-encased players would be fun to watch. Not sure how you'd hit the puck though.

Plus, there's no way to avoid having someone "react" in the arena, so the outcomes are endless and unpredictable.

rhhardin said...

Boy in the Bubble YouTube

AJ Lynch said...

Sheeeesh! I have fear of tree branches falling on my head but I still got to parks.

Are there that many people with such sensitive allergies they have to avoid sporting events and elephant feedings?

Pogo said...

It may be that the lack of exposure to dirty environs actually fosters the allergic response.

That's why I have a shit-eating grin, and am so full of shit.
It's my allergy preventive.

Original Mike said...

Not to make you nervous, AJ, but I actually had a large tree branch fall on my head in a park.

I got right back up on the horse, however.

Pogo said...

I always smile when people tell me they're allergic to steroids.
That's my personal favorite.

AJ Lynch said...

Mike:

No way. Did you get hurt badly?

Original Mike said...

Well, there's more to the story. Let's just say drinking was involved.

But I didn't stop going into the woods. For that matter, I didn't stop drinking, either.

And yes, it hurt.

garage mahal said...

For that matter, I didn't stop drinking, either.

Nobody likes a quitter.

Penny said...

Are peanut-free plane trips in our future?

Pogo said...

I was once allergic to a peanut farmer from Georgia.

Luckily, we have had peanut-free presidencies ever since.

AllenS said...

I'm allergic to Liberals, so I stay away from Madison.

Joe said...

If this were truly allergy free, wouldn't you have to have no food at all? Perhaps glasses (not paper or plastic cups) of distilled water.

Lyssa Lovely Redhead said...

Sorry, Joe, you can be allergic to water

AJ Lynch said...

Pogo:

Watch it - I voted for the peanut farmer [wtf was I thinking in 1976?].


wv = warderr = how we pronounce water in Philly

Palladian said...

"Luckily, we have had peanut-free presidencies ever since."

Unfortunately we're currently on our second pea-brained presidency in a row.

reader_iam said...

warderr

Hahahahaha. Gave me a momentary pang of nostalgia for the Delaware Valley. Luckily, we're 1/2 way to summer, and Easter break is coming up before then.

reader_iam said...

Wait. Can a "pang" be other than "momentary"? OK. Scratch the momentary. In any case, it's lingering.

Palladian said...

"Wait. Can a "pang" be other than "momentary"?"

If your pang lasts for more than 4 hours, consult your doctor or seek emergency medical attention.

AJ Lynch said...

Reader:

That is a good question.Arrange these words from short time frame to longest cause I sure can't:

Hankering
Pang
Lingering
Thirst

William said...

The liberals have discovered a fresh new oppressed class, the allergy sufferers. It's like Hugh Hefner discovering a new perversion. The excitement is palpable. You piggish peanut munchers are about to have your sensitivity raised.

reader_iam said...

Apart from anything and everything else:

Honestly, how many people consider peanuts, fresh roasted or otherwise, a treat anymore?

Honestly, how many people buy peanuts when they take themselves out to/are taken out to the ballpark?

It seems to me that now--unlike at various times over decades past--these are questions the answers to which might actually be useful, or at least something close to useful.

Or something sorta like that. Maybe.

Dan from Madison said...

Obviously there will be extra costs associated wtih this game. As others have mentioned, they are smart to pick a women's hockey game for this since those are typically dismally attended, even though they have the highest average attendance in the nation. Average attendance is around 2k from what I can gather. That is almost double the next team on the list, fyi.

I would also like to note that this game is on Super Bowl Sunday, and that will drive attendance down even further, probably down to a couple of hundred people.

Lockestep said...

FAN events are usually about raising awareness as much as they are about providing a safe event on that particular day. It gets some publicity (and worked quite well, as Ann picked up on the story), and if it makes a few more people aware of food allergies, then they have done their job.
My oldest son grew up with a severe peanut allergy (thankfully, he grew out of it, which most don't). Skin contact with peanuts would cause a nasty rash, and eating them could have triggered a life-threatening reaction.
At the time, severe food allergies were not well known by the public, and we had a particularly difficult time with the school system. It took years of working on them until we got some intervention. We were not asking for the schools to revolve around him, just that they keep an alternate snack (which we would provide) for those days when other parents brought in treats, that he be allowed to carry his EpiPen with him on field trips, and that the other kids were made aware not to share peanut foods with him. Not a huge deal, right? Getting those three took a few years.

Joe said...

if it makes a few more people aware of food allergies

Oh my fucking God. As if there is a human being alive who doesn't know about food allergies. Rank this up with all those folks who don't know smoking is bad for you.

The cold reality is that this is a cheap publicity stunt to sell seats to a deathly boring sporting event and to make the organizers feel smug and self-righteous in the process.

If there are problems with students and allergies in todays PC schools it's due almost entirely to government regulating common sense out of existence.

Lockestep said...

Well Joe, besides proving you are an ignorant asshole, what else have you brought to the discussion?