UMBC’s ‘crazy’ win over Virginia means free pizza

By Kevin Spradlin
PiedmontPostNC.com

MAYODAN — Did you get your free pizza and drink?

Little Caesars pizza locations nationwide offered a free lunch combo consisting of four pieces of pizza and a 20-ounce soda because, well, because “crazy happened.”

Photo by Kevin Spradlin | PiedmontPostNC.com Even the area's finest members of law enforcement have to eat.

Photo by Kevin Spradlin | PiedmontPostNC.com
Even the area’s finest members of law enforcement have to eat.

The chain had made the offer on the condition that a No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 seed in any region of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It had never happened – until, that is, March 16, when No. 16 University of Maryland – Baltimore County pummeled top-seeded University of Virginia, 74-54, in the opening round of this year’s March Madness. A No. 16 seed had never before defeated a No. 1 seed in the tournament.

At the Mayodan location, a store employee said people began showing up as early as 10:30 this morning. The free lunch combo was available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The employee said the early arrival was told she had to wait, and she did come back an hour later.

Shortly after 11:30, the line moved briskly. Patrons were allowed in three at a time, and the cashier asked — with a giant grin, already knowing the answer — what the next person’s order would be.

It was not immediately clear if Little Caesars would make the same offer in advance of next year’s tournament.

Photo by Kevin Spradlin | PiedmontPostNC.com The line began to grow shortly after 11:30 a.m. Monday, when the 90-minute period to grab a free lunch combo began.

Photo by Kevin Spradlin | PiedmontPostNC.com
The line began to grow shortly after 11:30 a.m. Monday, when the 90-minute period to grab a free lunch combo began.

 

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