Like They Say, When You Play With Fire, You’re Going To Get Burned
This past September, ESPN tested the idea of broadcasting FPV drone racing. Since then the company has announced a multi-year deal and is currently featuring shows on both ESPN and ESPN2, including Season 2 of the Drone Racing League.
While the sport is rapidly growing in popularity, it appears that not everyone is on board. According to an article posted on the Gridiron Now, Kodi Burns, the Wide Receivers Coach at Auburn University, took to twitter to talk about his feelings towards the new sport.
Burns turned to twitter this past week and implied that he would rather have football on television than drone racing. He tweeted the following:
Drone racing is currently on ESPN… Hurry up football season! #WDE!!! 🦅
— Kodi Burns (@KodiBurns) July 13, 2017
While the tweet was not directed specifically at the Drone Racing League, it clearly struck a nerve. It only took seven minutes for the official Drone Racing League Twitter account to tweet back their epic and sarcastic response:
If we were 8-5 last season we’d be rushing to get back too.
— Drone Racing League (@DroneRaceLeague) July 13, 2017
BURN! Now that’s got to hurt!
The DRL was referring to the teams 8-5 football record for the2016-2017 collegiate season. While the record is decent, many viewed it as underwhelming for this SEC team. While the team did earn a spot in the Sugar Bowl against the University of Oklahoma, they ultimately fell short with a 35-19 loss.
Burns, a former Auburn quarterback and wide receiver, is entering his second season as Auburn’s wide receivers coach this fall. He also serves as co-offensive coordinator.