Blotto blotter 

An alcoholic homecoming chronology

1:05 p.m. Kickoff, Griz vs. Cal Poly

1:45 p.m.—A drunken undergraduate stumbles across campus trying to dial a number on his cell phone. As he dials, he runs into a bike rack. (JG)

2:45 p.m.— Two policemen chat amiably with three men on the street near the tailgate area outside of Washington-Grizzly stadium. The cops drink soda; the men, in various stages of intoxication, drink beer or bottled booze. A curious shrine piles against a brick wall near the northwest entrance, consisting entirely of empty plastic cups and bottles. (ND)

2:55 p.m.—An unofficial keg count in the tailgate area tallies 53 of the beer vessels. That’s 700 gallons of beer, or nearly 7,500 12-ounce glasses of tap beer alone. (ND)

4:15 p.m. Griz win 17–14!

4:45 p.m.—Three men on bikes ride down South 4th West cheering, “Griz rules! Griz rules!” Their leader, the rider in front, has taken off his shirt and pumps it in the air as he leads the cheer. The other two giggle. (JG)

6:35 p.m.—Red’s bar is filled to capacity. Fifty-plus Griz fans stand on the sidewalk in front of the bar and drink. (JG)

9:40 p.m.—The crowd in front of Red’s is stable, still drinking on the sidewalk. (JG)

10:40 p.m.—The Iron Horse bartender throws back a shot and says it’s a “fuck fest” on homecoming weekend. He pours a Rumplemintz shot for a glazed blonde with a Griz tattoo on her cheek. “It’s all chick shots” this weekend, he says. The girl’s boyfriend flags down one of the six other male bartenders and orders her a glass of water. (RT)

10:45 p.m.—A lanky woman ordering tequila shots at the Iron Horse says she bought homecoming tickets way in advance and drove all the way from Whitefish, but never made it to the game. She got so trashed Friday night she lost her car, and didn’t find it until 9 p.m. on Saturday. “It’s funny now,” she says. “It wasn’t funny then.” She does her shot. “Every time I come to this town, man…” She shakes her head and slips into the crowd. (RT)

10:47 p.m.—The crowd erupts; people leap off bar stools as the seats are toppled by two men hurtling toward the exit, intent on mauling each other. Fists fly. Innocent patrons hit the deck. Bouncers intervene. Outside, one man flees but is soon spotted a block away by his foe, who starts yelling something about “his fucking daddy.” “Run, Forrest, Run,” yells the crowd outside the Iron Horse as the man barrels into traffic in hot pursuit of one more round. (RT)

11:15 p.m.—A gaggle of girls at Charlie’s, mistaken for a Bachelorette party, has traveled from Oregon not for football, but just to “have fun” on this “really fun” weekend. Each wears a white undershirt decorated with a “random word” on the front, explains one whose chest reads “PLETHORA.” On the back of each shirt is a list of “goals” for the girls, to make sure that they “have fun.” For example, to “Get a Corporate Sponsor” means to find a guy to buy them drinks. “Compromise Morals” goes unelaborated. “It’s just for fun,” says the girl. (RT)

11:30 p.m., Disturbance/Party, 359 Kensington Ave.—Nine units respond. Police report more than 100 people at the party, but participants say there were 200 to 300 before police arrived. One partier tells police he was surprised they didn’t show up earlier, saying the party was “way out of control.” It takes 30 minutes to clear the gathering, described by Detective Jim Neumayer as a “huge waste of resource.” (MPD)

11:30 p.m.— A conventional brown-hued vomit floats at the bottom of the trough in Charlie’s’ men’s room, while a maroon splatter (very close to UM’s school color—kudos to the barfer!) decorates the paint above the rim. (ND)

11:45 p.m., Disturbance/Party, 1217 Poplar St.—Five units respond. A complainant reports a party of at least 100 people. When officers arrive, about 20 remain. The party is broken up without incident. (MPD)

12:05 a.m., 339 Mount Ave.—Arriving at a house party, a driver attempts to parallel park. Unknowing or uncaring, he parks his car with a wheel on the sidewalk. He gets out and walks across Mount to a party. (JG)

12:12 a.m., Disturbance/Party, 437 Eddy Ave.—Three units respond. The police receive a report of about 40 people outside a house, being “very loud.” There are reports of people urinating around the house. The party is broken up without incident. (MPD)

12:13 a.m., Disturbance/Party, Grizzly Place Condos, 724 Skyla Court—Five units respond. A party of 75 to 100 people is broken up without incident, despite a report of fighting and beer-dousing. Everyone complies with the police and goes home quietly. (MPD)

12:24 a.m., Disturbance/Party, 339 Mount Ave.—Five units respond. A party of 50 to 60 people is broken up and two disorderly conduct tickets are written. Beer cans and bottles are littered across the lawn and sidewalk. A renter called the police and asked them to intervene.

“They actually welcome us to get people moving and get them out, because these parties take on a life of their own sometimes,” says Detective Jim Neumayer. (MPD)

1:00 a.m., Disturbance, Boardroom Lounge, 231 W. Front—Nine units respond.

“That one was a huge fight, but it was all broken up by the time we got there. Because there were so many people out in the street, we sent so many units,” says Detective Jim Neumayer. “We’re investigating that. Somebody got hit over the head with a beer bottle or wine bottle.”

Police break up the crowd, restore the peace and direct traffic until the situation dies down. (MPD)

1:07 a.m., Disturbance, Rose Memorial Park, 800 Brooks St.—Three units respond. After a report of drinking in the park, officers search the park, but are unable to locate anyone. (MPD)

2:25 a.m., Disturbance/Party, 419 Stevens Ave.—Five units respond. The party breaks up as units arrive. (MPD)

(Sources: Jed Gottlieb, Robin Troy, Nick Davis, Missoula Police Department incident log.)

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