Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports

What does Ron Rivera have in common with most schools, New York City, and your parents? He’s not allowing his (kids?) team to play with their hoverboards for the time being either.

According to reports, Rivera decided to ban his players from using the popular new toy as they prepare for their NFC Championship game showdown against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to prevent any possible injuries to his team.

Probably a good move for a few reasons.

Let’s start here.

Drag racing hoverboards in the hallway sounds like a one way ticket to the emergency room to me.

Secondly, could you imaging the firestorm that Rivera would face if Cam Newton broke his leg racing on a hoverboard before the NFC Championship game?

It would all be over for the Panthers and for Riverboat Ron.

Seriously, the headline “Newton Out After Hoverboard Accident” not only sounds like an awful plot line from Back To The Future IV, but it would become the worst/most ridiculous injury excuse in sports history.

That’s saying something when you consider that Brian Griese missed time for tripping over his dog and Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg.

Kudos to coach Rivera for removing one superfluous piece of dangerous equipment from an already dangerous world – at least for the time being.

Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.

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