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If you happen to be in Delaware, you’re much safer right now. No, not because Joe Biden’s motorcade isn’t in his home state at the moment — but because the DoT is tightly enforcing a No Hoop Zone for your own safety:

The McCaffertys and at least seven other residents of Radnor Green and Ashbourne Hills received letters warning them this would happen. Police and Delaware Department of Transportation officials say their hoops, angled toward the street, violate the state’s Free Zone law, which prohibits hoops, trees, shrubs and other objects from being within seven feet of the pavement’s edge in subdivisions.
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The McCaffertys won Round 1, as at least five police cars and a few trucks of DelDOT workers left shortly after a News Journal photographer arrived.
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A 2005 state law specifically directs DelDOT to remove things that are in the right of way, which includes the small spat of grass before the curb begins in many neighborhoods. This is done to protect motorists and the people playing sports, according to the law.

I for one will sleep better at night — and I don’t even live in Delaware.

Five police cars and a few trucks of DoT workers? I don’t want to hear another word about there not being enough manpower to fill potholes and catch rapists.

There are still some hoop holdouts who won’t budge:

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If basketball poles are outlawed, only outlaws will have basketball poles.

Sheesh… Michelle Obama tells everybody to get off their big butts and out to shoot some hoops because being obese is dangerous, and when they do, The State confiscates their basketball poles because they’re too dangerous. When the exercise police engage in a paradoxical power struggle with the safety patrol, nobody wins.

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13 Responses to “Delaware Vigilant in Protecting Citizens from Basketball Pole Threat”

  1. backwoods on March 29th, 2011 7:18 pm

    What is this, some kind of Polish joke?

  2. Clu Seatoe on March 29th, 2011 8:22 pm

    There’s a reason that property lines are drawn in the dirt.

    By the same token, if this were a tree, the residents wouldn’t be charged by the city for keeping it trimmed or away from the power lines.

    They had several years to git’er done.

  3. Clu Seatoe on March 29th, 2011 8:27 pm

    …and now they’ll probably get a bill from the state for the cost of removal including manpower and equipment as well for both trips they had to make, out and back.

  4. Marshall_Will on March 29th, 2011 9:01 pm

    If basketball poles are outlawed, only outlaws will have basketball poles.

    Well exactly. Some real solid teams in the Prison League I understand. Gotta' be honest, while I've never said a WORD ( I have grumbled under my breath on this one )

    When the kids are actively -using- said hoop, I have no issues with it whatsoever! But I saw the way your son looks at my DAUGHTER and I'm pretty sure he's outgrown thinking he can be the next Wally Szcerbiak? So… there it sits, 4 consecutive seasons, withering, fading.

    In time.., as they begin to droop, an eyesore. How about THIS! Go over and 'talk' with the parents? That's talk, t-a-l-k. People used to 'do' it? Getting the state involved? Please tell me you're kidding.

  5. Ah, saved by the Nanny Staters again! « The Daley Gator on March 29th, 2011 9:15 pm

    [...] bodies are taking care of those in Deleware who would have surely been harmed by basketball hoops! H/T Doug Powers If you happen to be in Delaware, you’re much safer right now. No, not because Joe Biden’s [...]

  6. OK_Loyalist on March 29th, 2011 10:46 pm

    °O° must of been busy updating his brackets to issue an Executive Order.

  7. joyannaadams on March 30th, 2011 12:15 am

    Well..I WONDER where all those poles ended up? China? Downtown? Aren't they private property? They were ON the property, were they not?

    Thanks Mr. Powers…inch by inch…step by step…we shall take your liberties…and your comforts…and your little Easter bunnies too.

  8. MrOblique on March 30th, 2011 1:56 am

    The only reason they still allow mail boxes at the street is because the mailman is too lazy to go up to the house.

  9. OK_Loyalist on March 30th, 2011 2:17 am

    They call that public sector unions… we need to call that history

  10. Jim T. on March 30th, 2011 3:08 am

    "A 2005 state law specifically directs DelDOT to remove things that are in the right of way, which includes the small spat of grass before the curb begins in many neighborhoods. This is done to protect motorists and the people playing sports, according to the law."

    So, what they are saying is that they have to remove the basketball poles "to protect…the people playing sports"?!?!?

    This ranks right up there with "if you can't afford to buy health insurance we will fine you for not having bought health insurance",

    or

    "The health insurance companies are evil and greedy so we are going to punish them by forcing everybody to buy coverage from them."

    The world is upside down. No wonder the magnetic poles are in the process of switching again.

  11. Cody on March 30th, 2011 9:25 am

    Ex post facto, I mean if the pole was 60 years old it should have been grandfathered in and not be in violation. As for the workers to straight lie to their faces just to get them to comply, that was ridiculous. Justice isn't blind, they're peeking through their fingers.

  12. no_fun_allowed on March 30th, 2011 10:12 am

    I'd start using a portable basketball hoop! ;) Keep on dribbling.
    Don't know Delaware postal delivery, but does Delaware have curbside mailboxes…if so I would think they'd be in violation also!

  13. nannykins on March 30th, 2011 10:37 am

    I can't believe all you people complaining about kids poles being removed so they can't play basketball anymore.

    The poles that were confiscated are now located at all of DelDot buildings. They are currently being used by the female members of the DOT unions for exercise poles. Male members of DOT get to stuff dollar bills in their G-strings as the gals "exercise" and all proceeds from the "exercise" are turned over to the union heads for further "Let's Move" programs. Mooooochelle is thrilled with how the DOT guys and gals have utilized her pet program.

    Quit bitchin – it worked out really well for the DOT!

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