Saturday, March 20, 2010

Really? Laser Beams?

As with anything else, there are always myths that surround college athletics. One of these so called myths was that the field at our stadium is protected by a laser security system. I had heard things like this before and it's usually a rumor, I think, used to scare people off from trying to sneak onto the field or in to some building. Well, guess what everyone, the University of Georgia's football field is, in fact, guarded by some sort of laser grid. But luckily I was not the one who found this out...

So this morning we got to work around 8am to get ready for a practice at the stadium later in the morning. Since for some reason we have really bad luck with water, we sent one of our undergraduate students to the stadium to make sure the water was turned on so that we could fill up our coolers when we got there. Well, apparently, as he was crouched on the field checking the spigot a man came running on to the field. My student just goes back to what he was doing, totally unaware that this man was sprinting on to the field because of his very presence. After having to explain to a very disgruntled grounds crew member why he was on the field at 8:30 in the morning, they then had to explain to the policemen who had responded that it was no big deal, he was supposed to be there.

Apparently, there is a laser security system that sets off an alarm that is totally silent on the field (as to not scare off the unsuspecting athletic training student, I guess) but that goes absolutely beserk in the police station that is just down the road. Oops. I guess the moral of the story is sometimes those weird rumors about bank-heist-movie style laser security systems can actually be true.

And now...for the first ever athlete quote of the's more of a short conversation but here goes, just so you know...this was a serious question:

(this is while an athlete was watching TV in the athletic training room while getting treatment)
Athlete: Why isn't basketball on TV right now?
Me: I have no idea.
Athlete: Well can you make it come on, I mean, I don't want to watch them talk.
Me: No, I cannot actually control what is being played on the channel.
Athlete: Oh.

Yep, that's about it. Tomorrow, laundry day!

1 comment:

  1. I've got one for ya T...pilot stuff but it's along the same lines...A student was looking out at all the airplanes early one morning wondering about the "cute lil blankets" all the planes had on
    Student: Sir, what's with the blankets on the planes?
    Intructor: Even planes need to sleep.
    Truth behind the story, the blanket keep the dew out and such...silly student