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Arkansas Football: Why Would You Want to Buy Bobby Petrino's Wrecked Motorcycle?

Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino / Photo Credit: Gareth Patterson, Associated Press
Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino / Photo Credit: Gareth Patterson, Associated Press
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 10, 2012

The Bobby Petrino motorcycle accident, and his subsequent dismissal as head football coach at Arkansas, dominated headlines this spring.

Now you can own your piece of history.

It was revealed yesterday that Petrino's wrecked motorcycle is for sale on Copart.com (h/t KegsNEggsBlog.com).

The only question is, why on earth would anyone want this for memorabilia purposes? 

If it's for parts, sure. I raced motocross somewhat competitively for about 15 years, during which time I had my fair share of crashes. I certainly understand the need for replacement parts.

However, would an Arkansas fan really buy this for sentimental reasons? Surely you can't be serious.

Petrino's actions on that motorcycle caused a great deal of embarrassment to the University of Arkansas, and could—conceivably—derail a promising season.

Relax, Arkansas fans. I don't think the absence of Petrino will have an impact at all, but it's still a possibility.

Bobby Petrino led the Arkansas program to its highest point in recent memory. I get that. But buying his motorcycle as some sort of keepsake would be like an Ohio State fan buying E. Gordon Gee's bow tie to commemorate the Jim Tressel saga.

I suppose it's only fitting if it's sold for parts, though. Some motorcycle enthusiast can disassemble that bike in the same way the bike disassembled Petrino's coaching career.

Symbolism at its best. 

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