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Apparently McDonald’s delivery interrupts college basketball game

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With time to reflect on what had just happened Wednesday night at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, some coaches and players were thrilled, as the bizarre scene during a college basketball game set off a McFlurry of amused, disbelieving reactions from the crowd by others.

During the second half of an Atlantic 10-man game between Loyola Chicago and host Duquesne, a person who appeared to be a delivery person wandered onto the court with an Uber Eats bag. Observers at the scene noted that he was also holding a McDonald’s beverage container, which many took as a strong indication of what kind of food was in the bag.

Notably, the delivery person made at least two forays onto the floor while the play was going on. After the second break-in, the referees called a timeout. A match manager was moved to pronounce it a personally unprecedented situation (per Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

“Well…we deserved a break today,” tweeted Duquesne play-by-play announcer Tim Benz, referencing a longtime McDonald’s slogan.

According to reports, the delivery man was eventually shown to the hall level. His initial inability to find his intended receiver could have presented a great opportunity for a would-be Hamburglar, but reports from the game indicated that the delivery had been completed. The completed transaction was eventually shown on the arena’s video monitor to cheers from the crowd.

Calling it the “craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said afterward (via the Post-Gazette ), “Our guys were dying laughing in the (locker room). The guy had a job to do. He did his job well.”

When play resumed, the Dambrots inspired Dukes rallied to a 72-58 victory over the somewhat aptly named – given the evening’s adventure – Ramblers of Loyola Chicago.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that a Duquesne official suggested the entire episode could have been staged, possibly as a college prank. According to a report by Pittsburgh Sports Nowthe supposed delivery person was just someone pretending to be from Uber Eats and was kicked out after getting a cohort to film him from the stands.

If that turns out to be the case, it could be cause for grimacing all over, but at least the first clips of the incident made a lot of people happier than a certain meal (that may or may not have been in the bag).

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