Police in riot gear dispersed a large crowd that gathered on Lowes Street in Dayton during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Saturday March 17, 2018. Steve Maguire/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

National sports site highlights UD St. Patrick’s Day crowds; police presence

While crowds throwing rocks and clogging the streets during St. Patrick’s Day didn’t amuse the administration at the University of Dayton, Barstool Sports found the events amusing enough to put a story on its site.

Headlined “Riot Police, A Running Of The Gingers And Girl Scout Cookies: University Of Dayton Absolutely Dominated St. Patrick's Day Weekend,” the story made light of the disturbances on March 22 that led to police in riot gear to respond.

Writer “Intern Jack Mac” congratulated Flyer students and their rowdy behavior: “Big weekend for a lot of schools. Nevada, Kansas State, Florida State, Texas A&M, etc. all dominated America’s March Madness attention. There was one school that didn’t participate on the court but does deserve a huge round of applause for their performance off of it: University of Dayton.”

The story included a number of embedded tweets: 

One interesting note from Mr. Mac, he discovered an Instagram video of a Girl Scout selling cookies among the throngs of UD students in the streets. 

Barstool Sports has stirred controversy over comments its writers and podcast hosts often make of female television sports reporters. ESPN had slotted Barstool with a one hour interview show until Sam Ponder, the NFL Countdown host, blasted the site and ESPN for allowing Barstool on the channel. Ponder was a frequent target of inflammatory language and anger on the site. 

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