In the NFL, player safety is the No. 1 priority and it’s dominating how the game is played. College football is not a whole lot different when it comes to player safety but during today’s Virginia Tech-North Carolina game, the players were endangered in a way we haven’t ever seen before.
Late in the first quarter, Virginia Tech was lining up for a 1st and 10, threatening to enter Tar Heels territory when the officials stopped the game. The reason: a pair of scissors was found on the field by wide receiver Dyrell Roberts.
But the pandemonium didn’t end there. For you sticklers out there (and for all you 2nd graders reading this…I know you are), Roberts made two critical errors that likely violate the zero tolerance policy. First Roberts ran the scissors off the the field, and we all learned you never run with scissors. Secondly, Roberts not only ran with the scissors but he held the blade end out.
So even though the scissors were found in time, the situation still could have ended in a cycloptic and bloody end.
All joking aside, it does boggle the brain to imagine how a pair of scissors were left on the field, and furthermore how an entire quarter of football was almost played until they were found. But the scissors on the field were hardly the largest of the once top-15 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Not only are they in danger of being delivered their first ACC loss of the season, but that would sink them to 3-3 on an ever disappointing year.