At last report most consumers have been waiting peacefully for Nike’s new limited-release Foamposite Galaxy basketball shoe, camping out on sidewalks in tents and sleeping bags. MyFoxPhilly reports someone wanted the $220 glow-in-the-dark shoes badly enough to offer to trade their 16-year-old Chevy Cavalier on Craigslist, which is kind of crazy, but not frightening.
However, according to multiple accounts on social media, the scrum for the Galaxy at Florida Mall in Orlando has been anything but peaceful:
As many as 2000 students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rioted in the streets tonight following the New England Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. There were riot squads at the ready. Police used flashbangs and smoke bombs break up the action and supplemented with horseback officers who waded into the crowd gathered in student residential area. Police were on hand because reports indicate rioting in conjunction with major events is simply something students at UMass Amherst sometimes do: