There’s this old joke about Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on one end with Alabama in-between. I’ve always thought that’s wrong, though, since some of the trashiest shitshows I’ve ever witnessed tend to come from anyone born, say, west of the Carlisle interchange of the Pennsylvanian turnpike. I don’t know what’s in the water in Western Pennsylvania, but holy hell has it caused some serious white trash tendencies. As someone born that far west in the Keystone state deep in Sheetz country, I’m allowed to say that.
Last summer I posted about an incredible fight amongst Yinzer country fans in the parking lot at Heinz Field before a Kenny Chesney concert. The behavior correlation was clear: Country music concerts in Pittsburgh = the worst human garbage every gathered drinking in the hot summer sun for hours until they finally decide to kick the shit out of each other.
Would history repeat itself at this year’s Luke O’Brien concert? Not really, since authorities claim they had the situation under more control this year. There were still plenty of drunk Yinzers though:
Toler said at least seven people were arrested on charges ranging from aggravated assault to public intoxication.
Toler said there were about 15 fights and more than 100 911 calls for police and medic services.
“It was much better organized. There are garbage bags and a lot more security, which I think is important,” said Bonnie Ridgeway, of McDonald.
“People are still drinking and having a good time, but it doesn’t seem as crazy as previous years,” said Mike Radcliffe, 41, of Morgantown, W.Va. “That being said, there will always be people who drink too much.”
Like this guy wearing cargo shorts. Ouch, Bro! Gif via Deadspin:
News report below: