Writing this blog has made me braver. How? Well, not only am I sharing my life experiences with those who read it, but it also has me actively looking for activities that would make for an interesting post. I’m always asking myself, “What’s something fun I can do, while covering this particular team? What’s something I can write about later?”
Last week, it was Gassers with Coach Matt Rhule at Temple, this week it was attempting to ride a hoverboard (or otherwise known as an electric scooter).
Let me set the stage: Every week, as part of my game preparation, I request to talk with one Defensive and one Offensive player. Most of the time, these conversations take place over the phone, but if I have the chance to meet with the player in person, I take it. I had this opportunity on Thursday.
After landing in Tallahassee, I made my way to the FSU athletic facility to have a quick meeting with the team’s Left Tackle, Roderick Johnson, and Cornerback, Jalen Ramsey. Johnson came into the meeting room first, and we chatted for about 15 minutes. As we were wrapping up, Ramsey entered the room “gracefully” riding THIS contraption.
Whatever Ramsey was on looked really cool, and the conversation that followed went something like this:
Me: “Is that a hoverboard?”
Ramsey: “Yes, sort of.”
Me: “Is it difficult to ride?”
Ramsey: “No, not really.”
Me: “Can I try?”
Let me stop there for a moment. Remember what I just said, how writing this blog has made me braver? Well, this was one of those moments because when I told my husband I asked to ride a hoverboard, he immediately said “Oh no.” You see, balance and coordination are not my greatest assets. Despite that, I thought: How difficult can this really be? After all, I run triathlons and marathons. I can do this!
Note to self: You can’t!
That’s right, it took me approximately five seconds to go from an upright standing position on the board to the ground, and the trip down was anything but graceful!
Unfortunately, no one captured the moment on video, but it went something like this: Two football players, the Director of Football Communication and football SID gasping and rushing to help me up as I laughed and said, “I’m ok, I’m ok.”
So a big thanks to Jalen Ramsey for allowing me test drive AND test crash his hoverboard, and thanks to all four of the guys for being complete gentlemen when I busted my “you know what” in front of them.
I’m really sorry I don’t have the video of me falling, we all could have had a great laugh reliving that moment, but I did take the below video of Ramsey hoverboarding through the halls of the Athletic department. No doubt about his coordination!