Saturday, September 12, 2009

YASS (Yet Another Sinkhole Story)

Not content to bring you stories of sinking trees or pictures of sinking firetrucks, today we bring you yet another sinkhole story.

The football game between the Alcoa Tornadoes and the Fulton Falcons in Knoxville, Tennessee was suspended on Thursday with 6:33 to play when a sinkhole appeared in the field. Alcoa, currently ranked #1 in Tennessee 3A, was leading 20-7 when the game was suspended.

It was not the first sinkhole problem at Bob Black Field. Fulton coach Buck Coatney was mowing the field four or five years ago when he encountered a sinkhole. "I was here the first time it caved in," he said, "It's scary."

Gary Rankin, coach of the #1 team in Tennessee 3A, tried everything he could to finish the game. "We asked officials to try to put it on one end and play just 50 yards," Rankin said, but the officials would have nothing to do with it. "It was for the safety of the kids. That was the official's call," he said.

The game was completed on Friday with Alcoa winning by a final score of 27-7.

The Daily Times (via Neatorama)
WBIR (photo)

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