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    A Tribute To The Preakness, Once The Drunkest Place In Sports

    1. Once upon a time, on a Saturday on May, this was the site of the biggest, drunkest outdoor party in sports.

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    2. You drove to Baltimore for the Preakness — the second leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown. But from your spot in the infield, you probably never saw a horse.

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    3. You came with provisions. BYOB wasn’t just permitted — it was encouraged.


    4. You showed up early. You were excited.

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    5. The day started off smoothly. You were only a little drunk when you arrived at the infield.

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    6. You were dressed in your finest attire.

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    7. You felt downright American, and proud to be from Maryland.

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    8. And then, it all got a little crazy.

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    9. The beer kicked in.

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    10. You started running the urinals.

    11. It did not end well, but you ran them.

    12. You threw entire cans of beer at anyone who moved.

    13. You drank. You cheered.

    14. And you had no idea who won the Preakness the previous year.

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    15. You tried to fight someone.

    16. You tried to beat up a table, but failed.

    17. You were pretty sure you saw someone die, but then you just took a video selfie instead.

    18. Police watched, too, and just let it go.

    19. You left the infield in a state of slight disrepair.

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    20. Then, one day, the Preakness had enough. They banned fans from bringing their own alcohol into the infield. Now you can only buy it from vendors.

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    It was a sad day for Maryland.

    21. The Preakness tried to introduce a new mascot, Kegasus, to keep the party going. But you knew: it was over. This year, the event will feature a performance by Pitbull. Pitbull!

    22. So thanks for the memories, Preakness infield. You are gone, but never forgotten.

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