June 1, 2003 | Issue 1

Riots After Dreidel Championships

article pic BROOKLYN, NY — [TheKnish.com] Police were needed to quell a wild riot that occurred after the Lakewood Vilde Chayas were defeated by the Boro Park Machers in the 2003 Dreidel Championships. The riot occurred in front of the 48th Street Shtiebel, where the game took place. The annual game was a rematch of the '01 Championship, when the Chayas beat the Machers, 453 pennies to 376.

Following the defeat of the Baltimore Baltimorons by the Machers, in the semi-finals, the whole dreidel world felt the excitement of the upcoming match. After an electrifying game, which at one point was tied at 233 pennies, the final score was Machers with 498 and Chayas with 476.

The crowd of almost three-dozen erupted in wild celebration. A throng, estimated between six to eight Macher fans, stormed out of the shtiebel and started to yell in celebration. Police on foot and on bicycle were called in to calm the crowd. "This was almost as bad as '94, "Mike Flatterny, police officer with the 70th Precinct, said. He was referring to when the Monroe Moonies beat the Machers in the 1994 Dreidel Championship. In that riot at over a dozen Moonie fans danced a very fast hora in the street, at least half were given citations.

"I, myself, gave at least two citations," Flatterny continued. "I know it can be exciting for young people, but sometimes excitement, mixed with a little too much Mayim Chayim soda, can have disastrous results."


Pencil Chaim Y got the ball rolling, so you owe him big. He co-founded the TheKnish.com with Martin Bodek, a day which will forever live in famy. His hobbies include gum-chewing, bubblewrap-popping, and comparing chometz horror stories. He lives in a city with people.


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