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UMass Students Riot After the Superbowl | Video and Photos

A New York Giants Super Bowl victory celebration turned ugly at UMass Amherst late Sunday night. After the Patriots lost, police say about 1,500 students rioted in the southwest residential quad area, leading to 14 arrests. Police used flash bombs, horses, and some sort of non-lethal ammunition to subdue the rowdy students.

After the scene was contained, students tried to riot again; but were quickly stopped.

I would like to say “kids will be kids,” but when I was in college, the students never acted in this manner.

Here is a video of the news report as well as some raw footage of the police using flash grenades to break up the scene. Photos below the videos.




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Photos courtesy of UMASS Amherst – Staff photo by Michael Beswick


  1. That always surprises and appalls me.
    None of them were in the game. I’m guessing not more than a few (if any) of them had family in the game, doubt most of them bet excessively on the game, and it was JUST A GAME.

    I’m going to go with “morons” and leave it at that.

    • I agree. It is just a game. Sure, I’ve been horribly disappointed when Purdue would lose in the NCAA’s (I am a March Madness addict), but I most certainly never reacted in such a manner. It’s more like, “Well, shit. Okay, move on.”

  2. I don’t get it I never could understand how people can destroy the things around themselves… Their own community… over a GAME… How can they get so empassioned about a game but care little about anything else…I don’t think sports are breeding violent it is just an EXCEUSE for those who want to be destructive and commit violence to do violence…

    • I don’t understand it either. But our society is getting so wound up that I’m guessing a small group started to get very roudy, then it spread through the crowd and turned into a riot.

  3. I’ve never understood the mentality of people who riot over sports events. I’m convinced it’s not sports per se. These same people would use any excuse to indulge themselves. This time it just happened to be a football game.

    • Nor do I. I remember once we roadtripped from Purdue to Detroit to watch the Boilers play in the NCAA’s. They were ranked like a 3rd seed… and lost. Should have never lost. And we had 5th row tix. We were so disappointed, we drove all the way back that night rather than the plans of going over to Windsor CAN. But did we want to get violent? Hell NO! Drunk, yes. Violent? No.

  4. Well, that’s Zoo Mass at Jamherst for ya all right! And it’s all because of mass student drunkenness. Not to excuse the behavior, but honestly, that was tame compared to some of the pro sports championship rioting in Boston in recent years, in which there’s been a lot of property destruction and a few people have died, with thousands of drunken college students being the worst offenders. At least last Spring when the Boston Bruins won the NHL hockey championship, the schools, the city, and the Boston PD were well prepared and kept the situation under control. Looks like they did a pretty good job at U Mass this time as well, cause we’ve seen far worse rioting break out in the past.

      • Neither do I, and it seems to be getting worse in recent years. We had some NE/Boston championship teams back in the 80s, and nothing as bad as this went on. I think it’s due to excessive binge drinking by thousands of college students, and starting around 2001, a kind of mass sociopathic mob state that people get into, in which they want to riot, become violent and cause destruction. I can’t explain it – I just know that within my own memory, there was a time when it wasn’t like this.

    • It’s happening to nearly all of them. It did this about a week ago and I found a setting in the Discussions under Settings and toggled it off. Then today it came back – on nearly everyone’s site. And I still have that option toggled off. I’m guessing they’re doing so upgrades because when I click on a link in an email notification, I don’t go to the top of the new post, but rather to the comments. I have been to only one WP blog today where I didn’t have to enter in my info. All the others I have had to. I don’t like it. Especially when I am signed in… that’s not necessary. And another blogger commented and posted her as anonymous, then she re-commented and it showed her gravatar. Give it 24 hrs and hopefully back to normal.

      • Thanks. I was wondering what the hell was going on. I also went in and changed that option, but I had to do it twice to get it to work, so I wasn’t sure whether it was still happening with my posts or not. But I can now reply here on yours without having to do that, so maybe they fixed it.

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