Virginia's Paris elevator adventure

October, 23, 2012
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That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.

Clearly, Woody Allen never got trapped in a Paris elevator with 12 members of a collegiate men's basketball team. Because that'll take the magic out of your Paris visit tout de suite.

That's actually exactly what happened to the Virginia Cavaliers during the third leg of their preseason exhibition trip to Europe. In a video published on the school's athletics website Tuesday, coach Tony Bennett narrates rather tremendous footage of his players getting stuck in a tiny Paris hotel elevator, while his kids led the rescue effort by handing bottles of water down the shaft. It's no mystery why the players got stuck, as Bennett explains in the narration.

"I think it said the maximum capacity was 13 people, and they had 12," he said. "But they have to understand that probably a European elevator's a little different. And they're not 13 normal people. Twelve of them is probably equivalent to, I don't know, probably 15 normal people. I think they learned their lesson."

If you're the least bit claustrophobic, you probably don't want to watch. I am not, not really, but I can empathize.

Anyway, next time they're in Europe, riding elevators built for people who don't regularly Super Size (or who aren't, you know, college hoops players), we can faithfully assume the lads will wait for the next car up. After all, an hour's not so bad. It could have been a lot worse.

(Hat tip: @rmj_equals_hero)

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