Michigan State Fans Celebrate Final Four Win by Throwing Bagels
A group of about 750 people gathered in Cedar Village in East Lansing, Michigan on Sunday to celebrate the Michigan State Spartans’ Elite Eight win over the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA Championships. For reasons that were unclear to spectators and the local police, many people in the crowd began throwing bagels.
The East Lansing Police Department had never seen bagel throwing at public gatherings and tweeted, “Guys, what’s with the bagels?” Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley tweeted, “What did the Bagels ever do to you?” While throwing bagels is not inherently dangerous, police became concerned when a large number of people in the crowd began to follow suit. They thought that the bagel throwing could lead to throwing of bottles.
A smaller group of people had also assembled on Friday after the game. In both cases, some people set fires. A total of 13 MSU students were arrested for disorderly conduct on Friday and Sunday. Police did not use tear gas to disperse the crowds. They said that neither gathering was considered a riot and no injuries were reported.
The East Lansing Police Department expects the crowds for the Final Four game this Saturday to be even larger. They plan to increase staffing around the time of game and will ask for assistance from the university police department, state police, and the sheriff’s office.