Hey, Gang! The 2017-2018 is in full-swing, and while we are all familiar with the raucous confines of The Sweater Centre; many Flyer Fanatics will cheer on UD on the road. Whether you plan on checking out the mid-major action in Charleston, Pittsburgh or St. Louis, we’ve got you covered! The 2017-18 Blackburn Review Travel Companion is your guide to the best and worst destinations for this year’s road slate.
St. Louis, MO
Are we still doing this?
I suppose there are some lunatics still gallivanting around A10 COUNTRY to watch our beloved Flyers play maddeningly inconsistent basketball, but there is sure to be a large UD crowd on hand to watch what is always the biggest road game of the year. Yes, it is time for the Arch Baron Cup, St. Louis edition!
One of the most iconic rivalries in all of sport kicks off in The Mound City this season. St. Louis is a city known for its segregation, race riots and its ability to ruin perfectly good foods and drinks.
Home to a large Dayton alumni network, there are many places to get sauced before the prime 3PM, local time, tip-off. Soulard is St. Louis’ “French Quarter” and home to the 3rd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States! McGurk’s is a great place to down some drinks and if the line for the bathroom is too long, it is usually crowded enough that no one will notice if you just whip it out and piss while elbowed up to the bar.
St. Louis is one of those places where a local will be able to tell you more places to avoid than to visit. Take a wrong turn in St. Louis and you are as likely to stumble upon a den of meth heads as you are to fall victim to the knockout game. Considering the stakes of Saturday’s game, don’t be surprised if the Chaifetz Arena is a “White Out” game. The irony, of course, being that every attendee of every SLU game is white.
The downtown doesn’t have much to offer other than Cardinals baseball and even that is a tiresome affair where white trash from all over congregate in undershirts or jerseys to wail on each other and be looked down upon by adults who choose who they associate with based on which high school they attended.
If UD Santa is looking for a good meal in St. Louis, he’d better stick to a chain. St. Louis has found a way to fuck up pizza (top it with government cheese), ravioli (fry it) and beer (brew it with rice). Don’t you dare tell them those things suck, because outside of the worst parts of Richmond, there isn’t a more defensive lot in the Atlantic 10 than St. Louisans.
Enough about how little there is to do in St. Louis, you can always visit the Gateway Arch for striking views of the Mississippi River and SW Illinois. Speaking of the Land of Lincoln, if you are looking for a shady time head over to the strip clubs and casinos in East St. Louis. You will likely meet an amputee and be propositioned by a hooker, but if you are lucky (Beret Guy), they’ll be in the same package.
Stay safe Flyer Fans! Remember, there is always a second chance #ForTheCup, but not for your life. Stay in groups! The people – and there will be a lot of them – missing most of their teeth may seem nice, but they are not your friends. If someone is nicely dressed and they ask you where you went to high school, just say “CBC” and politely excuse yourself. There is no shame in lying to a SLU fan if it keeps you are yours from being molested. Most importantly; WARE RED and BE LOWD!
- Capacity: 10,600
- Home of the St. Louis University Billikens
- A newish arena, opened in 2008, the Chaifetz Arena has hosted Barry Manilow, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Sarah Palin.
- The opening event was a Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals game.
Best Bar: John D. McGurk’s
Best Restaurant: Pappy’s Smokehouse
Best Tourist Attraction: Gateway Arch
Most Famous Alumnus: Robert Guillaume (Benson)
Hottest Local: Karlie Kloss
Local Delicacy: Toasted Ravioli