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Arizona Cardinals mall cops giving fans behavior tickets during Fiesta Bowl

When you have a college game in an NFL stadium, these are the downsides.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer dives past Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Kolby Harvell-Peel for a touchdown during the first half of the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been to plenty of college football games, and we’ve seen some pretty unruly behavior both inside the stadium and at the tailgates prior to kickoff. Even the very rare arrest or two for truly deplorable deportment.

But handing out citations to fans doing very normal college football fan things? This one is new.

If you’re mostly a pro football fan, many college cheerleaders and students do push-ups to signify every point scored by their team after a touchdown. It’s a pretty normal thing. As far as we know, there have been no push-up deaths or severe injuries reported. Unlike when Notre Dame’s old coach felt the need to film some special teams practice no matter the consequences.

But to give fans a warning paper that looks like something your fourth-grade teacher would attach to your desk for not asking for the bathroom hall pass seems kind of ridiculous. Fortunately this won’t go on their permanent record as it seems these violations go away at the end of the day.

What’s next, being fined for violating the verbal morality statute like in Demolition Man?

C’mon, Arizona Cardinals. It’s college football, relax a bit. Also I saw your fans do way worse when Santonio Holmes did this.