March 31, 2014

"And this was a mob, inebriated out of its mind by sports mania and alcohol."

"When one young man perched on a fence was asked what was going on, his thoughtful reply was simple: 'Beer!'"

ADDED: "There were people on top of the walkway covering in front of the construction, on the bus stop roof, and on basically every open surface. Even with windows closed, the sounds of singing and chanting were booming and clear. People were crowd surfing through the street." Said a woman who had a view overlooking State Street, whose tweeted view of the crowd went viral:



AND: Meanwhile, in Tucson, selfies at the riot.

19 comments:

Curious George said...

This type of behaviour is usually reserved for championships. This speaks volumes to Wisconsin sports.

AJ Lynch said...

Holy crap- that is so much fun when you are young and high. I remember the Flyers Stanley Cup celebrations/riots in 1974 and 1975. What a great time we had!

garage mahal said...

I'm glad I didn't go downtown.

dreams said...

I haven't checked yet to see if any UK fans in Lexington burned any couches.

Ann Althouse said...

We were driving downtown yesterday and encountered hordes of students streaming out of the Kohl Center.

What was the event? We found out later. It was just welcoming back the basketball team. Not a game at all. Just a welcome-back ceremony of some kind.

David said...

That crowd looks overwhelmingly white.

Perfect metaphor for the team.

(Well, maybe that's not a metaphor, but you get it.)

EMD said...

At least this didn't happen.

carrie said...

Tradition! Wisconsin students have had few championships to celebrate, so they celebrate big wins. When I was in college in 1974, it was the UW football team upsetting Nebraska that made us all march from the stadium to State Street to celebrate. In 1974, the badger football team hadn't had a winning season in almost a decade, but still filled the stadium because football games are fun even if the badgers don't win. And then when the football team actually beat Nebraska, which had won 2 of the last 4 national championships, it was something to celebrate just like getting to the Final Four was something to celebrate.

carrie said...

Tradition! Wisconsin students have had few championships to celebrate, so they celebrate big wins. When I was in college in 1974, it was the UW football team upsetting Nebraska that made us all march from the stadium to State Street to celebrate. In 1974, the badger football team hadn't had a winning season in almost a decade, but still filled the stadium because football games are fun even if the badgers don't win. And then when the football team actually beat Nebraska, which had won 2 of the last 4 national championships, it was something to celebrate just like getting to the Final Four was something to celebrate.

madAsHell said...

Your buddy captured video of you breaking the window at the bank, and then posted it to Facebook. That's going to be a problem.

Marshal said...

AND: Meanwhile, in Tucson, selfies at the riot.

Many people are repeating the word riot, but I'm not seeing any distinction between "riots" and "lots of people outside" except the presence of cops and the various beatings they handed out.

MadisonMan said...

Seems like an over-reaction by the Police in the Arizona case.

I'm hopeful that the same doesn't play out if the Badgers lose this weekend.

Curious George said...

"carrie said...
Tradition! Wisconsin students have had few championships to celebrate, so they celebrate big wins."

"We're at least #4! We're at least #4!"

Sheesh.

dreams said...

Are we becoming more like ancient Rome? Will we eventually need real gladiators?

garage mahal said...

When is the big Marquette tournament rally?

Sam L. said...

I see it was warm and pleasant in Tucson!

traditionalguy said...

When you've said Bud, you've said it all.

This looks more like Spring Break.

Michael K said...

My daughter was in Tucson last night and upset about the game. I looked at the photos but didn't see her. We were in Paris the night France made the finals in the World Cup. People were celebrating in the streets. She and her cousin wanted to go out and join the celebration but I wouldn't hear of it. I wasn't there to counsel restraint last night. She's older now and level headed.

Iapetus said...

Maybe the out of control Tucson cops should go easy on applying the AXIRON before heading out to bash a few skulls...too much of a good thing.