Could Giants Baseball Doom Legal Weed?
[UPDATE: Unless you were watching the riveting Colts-Texans game, you probably heard that yes, the Giants won the World Series and yes, there is some mattress-burning and mayhem around San Francisco's AT&T Park and the Mission neighborhood. Whether or not this interferes with polling precincts tomorrow, or keeps some Bay Area voters home nursing hangovers, you can expect to see plenty of "San Francisco is Sodom with butane lighters" scaremongering on Fox News Channel tomorrow. Which brings up an interesting question: Could the bluest city's baseball prowess not only dampen local voting, but motivate masses of frightened red-staters? MoJo will keep you posted as part of its comprehensive Tuesday election coverage.]
[Editors' note: For a complete rundown of California's Prop 19 ballot prospects, read Josh Harkinson's election-eve story here.]
Could the voters of San Francisco—San Francisco!—screw over California's pot-legalization initiative? Sure, it's the town that gave us Haight, hippies, Beats, and Red America's worst nightmares. But as Election Day hurtles in like a super-skunk high, marijuana-positive citizens may spurn the polls for a new San Francisco tradition: championship baseball.
Tuesday is the day of reckoning for Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would make weed legal in the Golden State. And surprising though it may seem to their square relatives back East, Californians are not the weed freaks they're purported to be: Recent polls have Prop 19 losing by a small margin. Voter turnout—in particular, among younger voters—will make all the difference.
Enter the San Francisco Giants and their magical playoff run. If ever there was a poster team for pot in pro-sports, this would be it. You've got star pitcher Timmy Lincecum (nickname: The Freak), one o' them thar longhaired hippy kids who was arrested for dope possession in the offseason. (You can't crawl across Market Street in downtown San Fran this postseason without seeing the T-shirt du jour, an orange job featuring Timmy's mug with a pot leaf and the inscription: LET TIM SMOKE). You've got the epic on-air rantings of Dallas sportscaster Newy Scruggs, who was shocked, shocked! to find Giants fans blazing a jay by the bay before Game 1 of the World Series. Then there are the mad antics of Grecian Formula-chinned relief pitcher Brian "Fear the Beard" Wilson and his leather-clad anonymous buddy, The Machine. (For Wilson's sake, we hope there's some Mary Jane involved in his antics.)