Remarkably, the deliveryman made at least two forays onto the ground while the game was in progress. Following the second intrusion, the referees called a time out. A game official has been moved to state that this is a personally unprecedented situation (according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette).
“Well…we deserved a break today,” tweeted Tim Benz, Duquesne’s play-by-play announcer, referencing a longtime McDonald’s slogan.
According to reports, the delivery man was eventually shown at the lobby level. His initial inability to locate his recipient could have been a major opportunity for a future Hamburglar, but the game’s tales indicated that the delivery was complete. The completed deal was finally played on the arena’s video monitor to the cheers of the crowd.
Subsequently calling it the “craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said (via the Post-Gazette): “Our guys were dying of laughter in [the locker room]. Guy had a job to do. He did his job well. »
Once the game resumed, the Dambrot-inspired Dukes rallied for a 72-58 victory over the aptly named Ramblers of Loyola Chicago – given the evening’s adventures.
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 simply someone pretending to be from Uber Eats and was ejected after being filmed by a cohort from the stands.
If that turns out to be the case, that might be cause for some grimaces, but at least the early clips of the incident made a lot of people happier than a certain meal (which may or may not have been in the bag ).