Obscure Policy Wonk

Jason English

I took this picture during Game 3 of the 2002 NBA Finals. The New Jersey Nets were hanging with the superior Lakers, and I was cruising for snacks.

The no-cap policy struck me strange. Thus the photo. In the months after 9/11, we all accepted unexplained or nonsensical policy changes. Like Newark Airport being renamed Newark-Liberty Airport, and not being allowed to bring tweezers there. But it's 2006. I've waited long enough for an explanation. We all have.

And here we have it. According to the Associated Press, "Caps weren't provided so that if a fan decided to hurl the bottle, it would lose its contents and pose less of an injury risk."

Huh. Maybe they should just print up some "No Hurling Bottles" signs.

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