Why did Uber Eats try to deliver McDonald’s during a college basketball game?
We’ve seen sponsorship by McDonald’s and Uber Eats, but a timeout? That is just what happened when an Uber Eats McDonald’s delivery steps onto the court.
College basketball has seen its fair share of wackiness over the years. Pranks and hijinks are part and parcel of the student experience, so when that spills out onto the court, it is little wonder. But never have we seen anything like this.
Wednesday’s game between the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Duquesne Dukes was paused when an UberEats delivery person wandered out onto the floor trying to deliver a bag of McDonald’s.
Commentating for ESPN, Tim Benz was shocked, saying, “We’ve got an official’s timeout. Somebody came on the floor? On the far side. Is it an Uber Eats delivery or something? He’s carrying some McDonald’s. I’m actually not kidding!”
Speculating that it may have been intended for the referee, color commentator Ellis Cannon shot back, “Maybe I’ll put my hand up. I’m getting a little hungry. He can bring it over here!”
After wandering around the court and the arena, the unfazed Uber delivery person appeared to pass the bag of McDonald’s and accompanying beverage to someone near the Gilliand Pavillion. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Abby Schnable confirmed that the food was actually for one of the production crew working the video board.
After the game, a 72-58 win by Duquesne, head coach Keith Dambrot kicked off his postgame press conference by saying that his players got a kick out of it. As soon as they got back into the locker room, the players’ phones were blowing up with the messages and the viral video.
“Only at Duquesne can a guy deliver food on the court during the game. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Dambrot.