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Ram This T-shirts confiscated at CU-CSU game, but shirts preferring AIDS to CU diploma okay?

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The CU Buffs' 28-14 victory over the CSU Rams during Saturday's Rocky Mountain Showdown didn't feature the kind of bad fan behavior (including a 1999 riot) that's marred past contests. But did stadium staffers go too far trying to prevent trouble by confiscating T-shirts featuring the slogan "Ram This" and an illustration of a buffalo mounting a ram?

Consider the tale told by two CU freshmen -- my twin daughters. During the week prior to the game, they visited the Hill, the Boulder shopping district that's a magnet for students, and everywhere they turned, they saw vendors peddling "Ram This" shirts. So they each purchased two and wore them to the game.

When trying to enter the stadium, though, security personnel informed them that they wouldn't be allowed to attend unless they surrendered the T-shirts. One of my daughters complied, even though it meant throwing away an item that had just cost her $15 -- a significant sum for a starving student -- and borrowed another shirt from a friend.

But her sister had purchased an oversized shirt and was wearing it as a dress. So she borrowed another shirt, pulled it over the offending slogan, and tried unsuccessfully to roll up the longer garment to prevent it from showing. However, a staffer noticed and told her to get rid of the shirt anyhow. She refused, saying she'd presumably cause a bigger stir by wearing no pants, and kept walking in the hope that she wouldn't be stopped amid the rush of people flooding into the stadium -- and she wasn't.

Inside, the pair saw plenty of shirts they regarded as more offensive than those they'd worn, including this one (featuring the phrase "Fuck CSU") that got a brief moment of national-TV time:

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Equally questionable to my daughters, particularly given their rooting interest, was a shirt they saw on several CSU fans. They say it featured the phrase "I'd rather have" and then two choices: "A CU diploma" and "AIDS." According to them, the "AIDS" box was checked.

Were students given any warning that attire like the "Ram This" shirts would result in a refusal to admit them to the stadium? According to CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard (who's both a longtime friend and godfather to one of my daughters), the university sent out a general e-mail in advance of the Showdown encouraging students planning on going to exhibit good sportsmanship, and to avoid the sort of taunting of CSU boosters that might cause altercations. But he doesn't recall anything in the note specific to T-shirts or other apparel, and neither does he have knowledge of a university directive to the folks at the newly renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High to make attendees with potentially inflammatory shirts -- even ones sans profanities -- either ditch them or go home.

Does that mean stadium supervisors made the decision? And if so, where was the line drawn? An interview request on this topic has been left with Vice President of Stadium Operations Mac Freeman. If and when he or another Sports Authority Field spokesperson responds, we'll update this post.

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RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

CU athletics and it's supporters have always been so classy...

What kind of self respecting girl with any tact would wear such a shirt ? They sound like girls to take home to mom, ( especially the one wearing the T-shirt as a dress ). Talk about Petite Couture.

CSU Fan
CSU Fan

I'm a CSU alum and I'm sorry to hear this happened to your daughters Mike. CSU has had plenty of inflammatory shirts as well (and I truly hope the AIDS shirt does not exist, although I have no reason to doubt that it does). In any case, the game is a game, the rivalry between the two schools is fun, but it's not a war by any means (Although my facebook update the morning of the game suggests otherwise). It's supposed to be all in good fun. I'd suggest your daughter ask for her shirt back at very least, she has no reason not to own it.

Rob
Rob

OMG! bad enough when this happens, but when it's mike robert's daughters, it is very close to the unforgivable sin.

REPENT AHOLE GATE KEEPERS.

please get to the bottom of this mike.

wtf is going on
wtf is going on

T-shirts? Really the security has gone too far. I've seen "fuck" this or "fuck" that emblazoned on many a face, chest, and t-shirt in the past. Sounds like security was trying to prevent any ill-intentions but they seem to have taken it too far. Props to the daughter that followed the "rules" and bigger props to the daughter that stood up to the guard trying to enforce a ridiculous rule.

Ram Hole
Ram Hole

There's four big losers in this story:  Whiney Mike Roberts, his twin daughters and the security guard.  There's certainly more security risks for the stadium to worry about then tee-shirts, but I didn't see anywhere in the article that mentioned the talk you had with your daughters about how immature, stupid and down-right ignorant they appeared by deciding to wear those shirts.  Are you a proud father knowing your daughters were wearing tee-shirts of a ram getting corn-holed by a buffalo?  Is this the kind of behavior you expect from your daughters when you are signing their tuition checks?  Geez Mike, step back for a second and consider the real issue here - lousy parenting.  And I'm a CU fan.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

An example of what you're talking about: Our recent slideshow about Broncos fans at the Raiders game included a photo of a guy wearing an f-Oakland T-shirt. Here's the link to that post:

http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Po Doddy
Po Doddy

"Ram getting corn-holed by a Buffalo." This is why I read the Westword. I'd never hear this at the Post.  It would say Ram (submitting) to a Buffalo, or Ram (being dominated) by a Buffalo, or at the most Ram (being sodomized) by a Buffalo. Those would be funny also, especially in the Post, but the Latest Word has daily corn-holing and corn-hole related stories. Keep it up. Good points Ram Hole. P.S. Might not be a good idea to put your daughters, excuse me, twin CU freshman daughters, in any Latest Word story. Especially a story where one daughter agrees to take her clothes off and the other is wearing a t-shirt as a dress. Roberts, I think some of your posts are ridiculous and/or stupid, but for Christ's sake, are you fucking retarded? 

jerky
jerky

Wow Po Doddy! Trying to shame Michael and his daughters is one thing, but your classless remark clearly indicates that you are the one that needs the reprimand. Your choice to use words that demean the "mentally challenged", is proof that you obviously were not accepted into an institution of higher learning, and the 6th grade was probably the point in which you realized that you were not cut out for academia. Good job dude. Now go flip my burger!

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