September 13, 2013

Seahawks Dress Cops Like 49er Fans: Unruly Seattle Seahawks may want to think twice before picking on somebody wearing San Francisco 49ers gear during Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field. Some undercover law enforcement officers will be dressed in the opposing team's apparel as they patrol the stadium for "fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior," the Seahawks announced Wednesday.

posted by rcade to football at 03:18 PM - 10 comments

I honestly can't tell whether this is brilliant or entrapment or stupid or some combination thereof.

posted by Etrigan at 03:25 PM on September 13

I think it's a smart move, considering how fans in opposing gear are sometimes treated at NFL games. Cops who do this to people who commit physical assaults are removing some idiots and it might make other idiots think twice.

It should be a league-wide policy.

posted by rcade at 03:43 PM on September 13

So the play here is that the Seahawks loogan fans hate the Niners fans more than they do local undercover authorities .....

posted by cixelsyd at 03:53 PM on September 13

I guess if you publicize it well enough -- up to and including "WARNING: WE ARE DRESSING COPS AS NINERS FANS" on the Jumbotron every now and then -- it's a good plan. Hell, you do it for the first few games and you might not even have to have the cops in visiting-team gear anymore.

posted by Etrigan at 03:55 PM on September 13

If I'm a Niner's fan, I'm bringing along a badge just to see what kind of mischief I can get in, or out of.

posted by tron7 at 04:05 PM on September 13

You could get arrested for impersonating a police officer just by wearing a Niners jersey.

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:00 PM on September 13

That's almost not fair. It's like the Washington team dressing its cheerleaders up as Miley Cyrus and sending them into the stands to ferret out horny members of Congress.

posted by beaverboard at 06:06 AM on September 14

If they arrested anyone, they couldn't have been able to read them their rights with the amount of noise that crowd was generating.

posted by beaverboard at 01:40 PM on September 16




ETA: What call was Carroll looking for on that fucked-up punt? Can you penalize a team for the other team's fans being too loud?

posted by Etrigan at 03:34 PM on September 16

No, Etrigan, but you could argue there was illegal motion/false start on the offense and I think they showed a Niner was offside... However my bottom line is that his center shouldn't have snapped the ball, if he had any doubt just take the five yards for delay of game.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 PM on September 16

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