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Fast access to NFL games (for a fee)

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Admittedly, it's been a while since I've stepped into a stadium to watch an NFL game. I live in Atlanta, after all. Apparently it can be an arduous affair with long security checkpoints not unlike a trip through the airport. But now, for an annual fee of $100 to $128, NFL fans in Atlanta, D.C., San Francisco and Denver can bypass all of that and slide through a speedier security line. It's coming to Baltimore and Oakland next year, the same pay-for-speed program rolling out in airports.

What a crock. Like a game-day ticket and a few beers doesn't already cost enough? And if it's the same security we're subjected to at airports, it's not making us any safer. Just slower and crankier.

Matt Hennie blogs on Atlanta's gay sports scene at