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.
Our Flyers of Dayton are set to visit a classic New England college town this weekend. Amherst has been historically cruel to the Flyers and was settled, in hindsight, with a historically cruel trade. According to the deed, “ye Indians of Nolwotogg (Norwottuck) upon ye River of Quinecticott (Connecticut)” sold the entire area in exchange for “two Hundred fatham of Wampam & Twenty fatham, and one large Coate at Eight fatham wch Chickwollop set of, of trusts, besides severall small giftes.” While not as one-sided as many of the more infamous landgrabs of the time, ye Indians of Nolwotogg must have held those small giftes close as they died from influenza or syphilis also gifted to them by the English. Named after it’s 1st Colonial Governor, Lord Jeffrey Amherst; an interesting fellow who came up with the idea to use small-pox covered blankets to eradicate the Native Americans. If that wasn’t enough, he also recommended any “other method that can serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race”. Not surprisingly, some residents are in favor of changing the town’s name.
In its 200-year history, Amherst has been the birthplace of some of American Literature’s most iconic names: Emily Dickinson, PD Eastman and Dr. Seuss’ wife! Dickinson’s home is now a museum and is a popular tourist attraction for the intellectuals whose children attend Amherst College. Those same folks wouldn’t dream of sending their kids to UMASS.
Like any good New England town, Amherst has a bevy of drinking establishments, restaurants, boutiques and empty storefronts. The vacant retail space doesn’t stay that way for long because it will likely become a short-lived coffee shop or book store.
If UD Santa is making the trip this weekend, he will be glad to know the town still has a bowling alley. He and Beret Man can chat with blue collar residents while pining for the days of Don Donoher and Jack Leaman.
While Dr. J is UMASS basketball (and the school’s) most famous Alum, UMASS basketball basically didn’t exist until John Vincent Calipari showed up on campus. Due the school’s large Italian-American population, most people on campus probably thought Calipari was just the mechanic father of a freshman. Instead of being junior whore Nicole DiVincenzo’s uncle; bringing his goons to threaten her rival sorority, he brought legitimacy to UMASS hoops. Unfortunately for the school, he took that legitimacy with him when he left the school.
In spite of UMASS’s overall mediocrity, the William D. Mullins Center has been a house of horrors for the Dayton Flyers. While this can be said of just about every A10 venue not located on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, UD is 4-8 all-time at the Mullins Center. If you are heading to Amherst for Saturday’s tilt, don’t let that get you down. There will definitely be some Flyer Faithful in attendance and you’ll still be able to WEAR RED and BE LOWD.
William D. Mullins Memorial Center
- Capacity: 9,493
- Home of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen
- Has hosted notable concerts by the likes of Korn, Incubus, Creed and Ani DiFranco
Best Bar: The Moan and Dove
Best Restaurant: Johnny’s Tavern
Best Tourist Attraction: Emily Dickinson Museum
Most Famous Alumnus: Julius Erving
Hottest Alumnae: Bridget Moynahan
Local Delicacy: Johnny Cakes