On a dark and stormy Friday night (and windy, rainy, tornado-filled, etc – get the drift) in the Midwest Friday night, the Arizona basketball team landed in Indianapolis after their direct flight to Champaign-Urbana. was diverted due to weather conditions. The Wildcats n. Ranked 11 were flying into town the night before their match against Illinois, which sits atop B1G right now. After landing a farther state than expected, the team decided not to wait for the buses and instead called some Ubers to take them across the state lines.
It’s just a two-an hour’s drive between Indianapolis and Champaign, although bad weather may have extended that short road trip, but as a self-proclaimed aficionado of the Midwestern Uber scene, I have so many questions about this two-hour trip that will likely never be answered , but please be asked anyway.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the legroom situation for some of the tallest members of our society (the center of the Wildcats Oumar Ballo comes at 7 feet) in a car you can’t choose. Did they spend the extra money to call Uber Black cars? It looks like this could add up to a two hour drive with multiple cars, but I don’t know what the team’s transportation budget is. Did they seat the shorter boys (read: 6-foot-3) in the third row of the car and have their knees around their ears for the entire trip through southern Illinois? Has anyone ended up in the trunk of an SUV? Speaking from experience, there is a lot of leg room in those. A visual would be so useful here for educational purposes.
And most importantly, Midwestern Uber drivers hold a special place in my heart for holding some of the most impromptu conversations I’ve ever heard in my life. I need to know if the Arizona men’s basketball team took an hourlong lesson on how coronavirus was produced in a Chinese laboratory and how the COVID vaccine is a hoax destined to control the population. Or maybe they were at the unfortunate end of a Bible-inspired homophobic invective. Maybe the Uber driver pulled an unloaded gun from the car console just to show team members that they were in that car, or maybe their driver missed a turn and decided to pull a Uie straight. on a concrete median. Midwestern Ubers are lawless things. And before doubting these scenarios, it’s important that you know that these are all things that have actually happened to me and my closest friends at Midwestern Ubers.
It appears the team arrived in Champaign safely and without incident, but I hope for their sake they have some good stories to tell after that trip. And I’ve never been in an Arizona Uber, so this might just be common stuff for them. Maybe?
The Wildcats will face off against the Illini at 5 ET tonight. If they win, Uber should really capitalize on that. Rideshare NIL deal coming up?