Flying drones not the best re­place­ment

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Foot­ball sea­son can’t get here soon enough.

It’s a sen­ti­ment many foot­ball fans share, and they are joined by Auburn co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and receivers coach Kodi Burns. The for­mer Fort Smith North­side stand­out re­cently had the chance to kill some time by watch­ing ESPN, but he wasn’t a fan of what the net­work was air­ing.

“Drone rac­ing is cur­rently on ESPN… Hurry up foot­ball sea­son! #WDE!!!” Burns tweeted.

The net­work was air­ing one of sev­eral races from the Drone Rac­ing League. While not widely pop­u­lar, the sport has be­gun to de­velop a small fol­low­ing. The league may have gained a few more fans af­ter di­rectly re­ply­ing to Burns’ tweet.

“If we were 8-5 last sea­son we’d be rush­ing to get back too,” the league tweeted in re­sponse.

“Punch­ing way above its weight class, the DRL’s Twit­ter ac­count let loose on Burns and re­minded him of the Tigers’ un­der­whelm­ing 2016 sea­son,” Wil­liam McFad­den wrote for Satur­ “Burns might have good rea­son to want the sea­son to ar­rive sooner rather than later, though, as Auburn fig­ures to have one of the best teams in the SEC on pa­per and should have more suc­cess this fall.

“An­other pos­i­tive for when the foot­ball sea­son fi­nally ar­rives? There will be ac­tual games to fo­cus on, not just Twit­ter burns from the Drone Rac­ing League.”

Demo­crat-Gazette file photo

Auburn co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kodi

Burns, a Fort Smith na­tive who was also pre­vi­ously an as­sis­tant coach at Arkansas State, said ESPN’s cov­er­age of the Drone Rac­ing League is a rea­son to look for­ward to be­gin­ning of foot­ball sea­son.

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