Simple Solution For All The Scooter Problems

Scooters are a problem in Athens.  They have resulted in injuries that are serious-like Chance Veazey-and ones that are minor-like Ray Drew.  They have been responsible for stupid arrest from the Jimmy Williamson led inept UGA PD-like Vance Cuff.

These things are thorn in the side.  And I am a fan of Greg McGarity, but their explanation to why the guys need the scooters is weak sauce.  Perhaps they should all look down at their wrist at the bracelets that say “no complaining.” 

One, if they have to be at the other end of campus in 15 minutes, they can take a bus.  Or you know what, and you can do what I had to sometimes, you can walk.  Please tell me that the football team is conditioned enough to walk from Butts-Mehere to Tate.  I bet South Carolina’s players could walk that distance.   For a team that has the motto of getting on the energy bus, they sure don’t want to ride the ones around campus.  And Mr. McGarity, it is not a part of campus life.  I bet you the number of students that don’t have scooters vs. the ones that do is 100-1. 

“But Corbindawg,” you might be saying, “these young men give up a lot of their free time and make a lot of sacrifices to entertain you, to play a game for you.  Let them have their scooters to make their lives easier.”

Ok, I am not so cold blooded that I would  go on a rant without offering a simple solution.  That was the name of the title to entice you to click over from Dawgbone. 

First off, ban the scooters.  The students have an obligation to compete for the University, and in return are getting free housing, food and an education.  They should not be allowed to do anything that could jeopardize their ability to compete and hold up their end of the bargain, whether that is getting injured or getting arrested.

Ok, that leaves a problem for what are the players going to do to get around to class.  Simple.  The Athletic Association has more money than Mickey Mouse.  Plus the athletes have their own workout facilities, their own academic buildings, tutors, their own lounge area at Butts-Mehre.  They have so much more at their fingertips than a “regular” student.  McGarity should hire van drivers to load up, I don’t know, fifteen 15 passenger vans to take people to, and pick up from, class.  There are already peopled employed by the AA to go around and check if students are going to class.  So they have the athletes’ schedules. It could be organized in a way that was fool proof.   This way, there would also be no excuse for missed academic appointments.   If the vans aren’t enough, then hire a bus driver and let the team have its own bus that can pick people up and drop them off. 

Because as long as these scooters are flying around, someone more high profile than Chance Veazey is going to get hurt…or even worse.  It is better to be proactive than reactive. 



6 Responses to “Simple Solution For All The Scooter Problems”

  1. 1 Bernie August 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I miss the McWhorter Hall days when such problems didn’t exist. Housing right next to athletic facilities. Novel concept. Now that sort of thing is frowned upon as too seclusionary.

    • 2 Corbindawg August 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

      I agree Bernie. There is such a double standard on what is and what isn’t seclusionary. Let’s not give them their own dorm, but let’s give them their own learning center. If I had beebopped in Rankin Smith, would I have gotten the tutoring I needed for Chemistry and Pre Calc? I bet no.

  2. 3 Ericdawg August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Why not use Golf Carts instead, just like in Peachtree City. Looks cool and less dangerous.

  3. 4 Ben Dukes August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Could be wrong – but I think there are some NCAA issues with being chauffeured around campus. I’m not certain what the legality of the scooters is, really. Does the athletic Department buy them or do the players have to buy them? When I was on the team, I only remember one guy who had a scooter, and that was Kevin Breedlove. It sure was something to see a 315lb dude driving around on a little scooter.

    Look, banning the scooters isn’t necessary. Proper education on how to operate them may be, but not a ban. The fact is, these are accidents. These kids aren’t going out and jumping their scooters off ramps, trying to be cool. The accidents could happen just as easily on a bicycle or in an AA van. Instead, they happen on scooters – such is life.

    Fans need to get over it. I promise you, the accident has affected Ray Drew’s life far more than it has yours.

    • 5 Tuxedodawg August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Ben, I saw two football players (I’m assuming they were football players. They were wearing workout clothes, huge and muscular, and had dreadlocks.) racing their scooters in the street that sits between Foley Field and the Practice Fields and then Smith Street (sits between Hoke Smith Annex and Practice Fields) the other day walking to my car from my lunch break.

      Their little race involved running a stop sign, one of them riding on the wrong side of the road, and not to mention, reckless driving.

      I’d say they were trying to be cool, even if there wasn’t a ramp involved.

    • 6 Corbindawg August 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      IIt is about minimizing risk. A player could fall down the stairs in the SLC or trip on the curb. Yes such is life, but if you can minimize the potential for soemthing to go wrong you are doing yourself a favor.

      If I were Mark Richt, I would want to be more concerned about scoring points and figuring out a way to stop Moore and Lattimore the first two weeks, than whether or not my players were getting involved in an accident or getting a ticket for driving their scooter without a proper liscense.

      It is similar to the situation with schools banning Twitter. More harm than good can come from a tweet sent out…players can get into trouble and jeopordize their eligabilty or cause trouble via Twitter.

      If you can reduce the risk of a player not being able to hold up their end of the deal of the scholarship-to compete in games-then actions should be taken to do so. Just like with the academic appointments and checking up to make sure they get to class, banning the scooters is just another way to make sure the players don’t get in trouble and stay healthy so they can compete.

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