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Going Off The Grid: Execs Talk Scooter Fad, UCF's CFP Chances

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists discuss athletes that made them starstuck and whether or not UCF deserves a spot in the CFP.

  • Whitecaps Dir of Partnership Marketing Janet Battle
    -- She's currently in love with her purple ukulele and thinks the world should be, too.
  • MKTG VP/Group Dir Neil Howard
    -- His pop culture interest include the Beckhams, the "Spice Girls" reunion and K-Pop. 
  • World Surf League VP/Business Development Melissa Colgate
    -- Believes "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" shows are good entertainment.
  • AAC Associate Commissioner for Women's College Basketball Barbara Jacobs
    -- Likes Meghan Markle and Lady Gaga.
  • HOK Senior VP & Dir of Entertainment & Sport John Rhodes
    -- His favorite sports radio personality is F1's Murray Walker.
Going Off The Grid
  Name an athlete that made you starstruck McCartney or Lennon Should UCF make it to the CFP? When do your Christmas decorations go up? Yay or nay to the electric scooter fad?
David Beckham. Can you blame me? Tip of the hat to Sir Paul, but it's Lennon I have to admit I don't watch much football The week before Christmas. And I take them down mid-February Nay! Walk, run or bike

Paralympians I saw in Korea -- all of them Both national treasures -- impossible to pick.  Not until they go to at least 8 teams Moving target, hopefully by 2nd weekend in December Can't stand them (I'm a dinosaur, I know)
Esports player Ninja McCartney, "Let it be!" ... Just let it be... Sure, they have some amazing athletes 1st or 2nd week of December Nay, I prefer to walk
 Jacobs Larry Bird and Billie Jean King  McCartney Definitely. The system is rigged against anyone outside the Autonomous Five Don't put any up. Never home  Nay, too dangerous
 Rhodes Johnny Wilkerson. The guy is the ultimate professional rugby sportsman  Why not Ringo Starr? As a Brit, I fear I am not qualified to answer After a mince pie I tried one recently on the streets of Moscow and it was great fun

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