Today's Gazette (note Police Chiefs happy expression )
So the Gazette does pretty much a long form story on the Blarney Blowout prominently placed front page above the fold and forgets to mention the number one contributing factor to the mayhem over the past three years: It's the WEATHER, stupid!
In 2012 when the event first caught everybody's attention (and probably was the first time "Blarney Blowout" was actually used as a title) there were no major riots but general mayhem all over town, the temperature was in the 40s.
In 2013 when there was a riot (6 arrested) the temperature was in the high 50s.
In 2014 when there was a major riot (58 arrested) the temperature was in the low 50s.
So I take little consolation in the Gazette telling us how prepared everybody is this year. After all last year two days before the most riotous Blarney in history they posed Town Manager John Musante in front of McMurphy's downtown bar telling us how prepared everybody was.
Gazette 3/6/2014 (two days before the Blarney to end all Blarney's
And we know how well that turned out.
The previous year, just after the major riot in North Amherst at Townhouse Apartments, they ran a headline about how great things went in the center of town.
So here's the scoop. If it's cold and miserable on March 7, 2015 then Blarney Blowout will be a thing of the past. If it's sunny and warm -- God forbid hot -- then officials should consider mobilizing the National Guard.
Today's Bulletin carried inside the Gazette
As you probably heard by now (or can see on the front page of the Gazette above) UMass surrendered on that stupidity quicker than the 1940 French army.