The NFL's response? It will now not allow women to bring their purses into the stadium. They must use clear plastic bags (which the NFL, unbelievably, will sell to you), just as if they were getting on an airplane.
Obviously there is a safety component here. After the Boston Marathon, backpacks were banned a lot of places. With the Super Bowl in New Jersey in 2014 (the NFL likes to say New York/New Jersey, as if New York were in New Jersey, and I'm from Jersey, pick an exit, and New York and New Jersey just are not the same). You can only imagine that security will be incredibly tight, so the entire season becomes a dry run.
Women, of course, are outraged by Purse-gate. At the Redskins game the other night, some actually threw their purses away after off-loading critical items into the plastic bags. They had come to the game on the Metro train and had no car to return their purses to.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, who covers the Cardinals, put this piece out on Twitter earlier and I thought you would enjoy it as you watch preseason games (yeah, full-priced tickets to see starters play a half) on your big TV in your own home with your own beer.