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They Are Going To Kill Jim Leyland With The Smoking Ban At Comerica Park!

Oh, the irony of it all! Due to the state of Michigan – much like most states I have visited recently – enacting a tough, no-nonsense smoking ban, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will not be able to enjoy a couple heaters – or twenty – during games played at Comerica Park.

On an appearance during a guest-hosted edition of “The Jim Rome Show” (rack ’em – ugh) on Monday, Leyland was informed of this new infringement upon his personal rights.

“Is it banned all over? Leyland asked.

When told that Comerica Park certainly would qualify as a public place, Leyland admitted it might create a dilemma.

“Really … then I’ve got a problem,” he laughed. “Houston, we’ve got a problem.”

Leyland did say he would comply with the law.

“I’m not saying that I won’t cheat once in awhile,” he said. “I’m not going to lie.”

He then proceeded into an uncontrollable coughing fit which was only finally brought under control by lighting up another cowboy killer.

As a smoker myself, I have no problems whatsoever with smoking bans – to a certain extent. I realize no one gives two shits about my personal political views – or lack thereof – but it’s an outdoor space, for crissakes. The smoke isn’t being held up inside a closed space. For example, it didn’t bother me one bit when bars here in Minnesota were forced to adhere to a smoking ban. It’s not that big of deal to sneak outside to burn one, but there is nothing more irritating than when we smokers, the pariahs of society, are already corralled into our condemned designated areas to engage in our filthy habit and someone walks by and makes a “coughing” or “choking” noise.

To which I respond, “Hey fuckface, where do you want me to go?” Actually, I don’t really stay that because I’m a gutless coward, but until the actual act of smoking is made illegal, as smokers, it’s our right to smoke, even if we have to adhere to your absurd, prohibitive laws.

Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, Jim Leyland. Come on, people. Give the guy a break. He doesn’t have much time left!

You know, because of the smoking. Speaking of which, God I could use one right now.

Jim Leyland May or May Not Comply With Michigan’s New No-Smoking Laws at Comerica Park [Detroit4Lyfe]
Tigers’ Jim Leyland faces challenge with new no-smoking law [Detroit Free Press]