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Good morning. As some guy on some show I’ve never seen says, winter is coming. The calendar may say June, and the weather may suggest that it’s summer, but we are on the precipice of winter on the sports calendar. It’s not so bad if you’re a golf fan or a baseball fan, but the time between the NBA Finals and the start of football season is sports Siberia.

As such, there isn’t a lot to talk about WSU-wise. We could re-hash some offseason-long topics like which position group needs to step up, where Luke Falk stands in the Pac-12 quarterback pecking order or why everyone involved in Pac-12 TV scheduling hates fans on the east coast, but I don’t think there’s a lot of new ground to cover there.

I’m a big fan of the Seinfeld television series. For those of you in our audience who skew younger, it’s a show from the 90s in which the main characters got themselves in all sorts of odd situations, 98% of which would never occur in the cell phone age. Regardless, the show was one of the funniest in history.

One of the reasons I loved the show was because of the seemingly inane topics and questions it brought up. I’ve been thinking about one of my own for a while. This will interest somewhere between two and six of you, but like I said, there’s not a lot out there this time of year.

I have a 27-mile commute to/from work every day, from the Tampa suburbs to MacDill AFB. Tampa has a toll road called the Selmon Expressway, named after Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon. I leave early enough in the morning so as to get to work via surface streets. In the afternoon, however, I take the expressway on the middle part of my drive since traffic is so bad.

Many times when I get on that road, I ask myself whether I’d want a toll road named after me. On the one hand, I must have done something pretty good in the local area for the powers-that-be to give me that honor. Also, thousands of people pay extra money every day to use my highway because they know it will get them to their destination quicker. The traffic always moves much more rapidly on the Selmon, which is a huge feather in its cap.

On the other hand, there’s a good chance that every time someone sees my name on a sign, their first thought is that their wallet is now a bit lighter, and are cursing beneath their breath that they have to pay extra just to drive a few miles on my road. It’s a near certainty that every time they see my name anywhere, they’ll think “goddamn toll road.”

So here’s my question: If you had a street/highway/freeway segment named after you, would you rather have it be a toll road or a free-use road, and why?

As I said, it’s a barren wasteland of WSU-related news and information right now, and I’m sorry that you will never get these couple minutes back. But Go Cougs, right?

Poll

Which type of road do you want to bear your name?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Toll Road
    (10 votes)
  • 46%
    Free Road
    (71 votes)
  • 47%
    My god this was a waste of a click
    (72 votes)
153 votes total Vote Now

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