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Sinister Plot or ‘Saved By The Bell’ Plot?

by ARLnow.com January 4, 2011 at 7:32 am 4,688 30 Comments

The photo (above left) of some sort of yellow rig near the Bishop O’Connell High School football field has neighbors speculating, according to TBD. Some believe that work is getting underway on a controversial athletic field renovation before the project has been formally approved by the county board.

We don’t know about that, but it does vaguely remind us the oil derrick from a 20-year-old Saved by the Bell episode entitled “Pipe Dreams,” in which oil is discovered underneath the Bayside High School football field. For a while, everybody thought the oil money was going to bring exciting improvements to the school, but in the end a beloved duck died and the whole situation was judged a fiasco.

Not saying the same thing is happening at Bishop O’Connell — just that it’s wise to pause and think before drilling near football fields.

Photo above left by David Swiger, via TBD. Screen capture above right via YouTube.

  • Nimmel

    You guys need to think before posting. That looks pretty clearly like they’re conducting exploratory borings to understand the soils. Not just normal during the planning phase of any project- but necessary.

    • Burger

      No, you don’t understand. It is much easier for the Nimbys in the area to fabricate conspiratory (sic) accusations than to actually think about the truth.

      I mean seriously, who leaked this to the Arlnow staff. The picture was clearly taken from the house where the guy who the leading supporter of the anti-O’Connell plan lives.

      • Lou

        The photo is from the linked TBD article, and the source is pretty clear. Hardly a “leak”.

        Big picture, this is no big deal.

  • Rich

    Looks like a drilling rig to take soil borings…sorry to kill the oil buzz. They usually do a geotechnical survey to get a better idea of how much construction would cost.

  • Frenchy B

    Next thing you know, some of the students will get hooked on ‘pep pills’ while cramming for exams, a la Jesse Spano.

  • CrystalMikey

    Great, now the theme song is stuck in my head. Make it stop!

  • Rick

    None of you have a sense of humor

    • YoBimbo

      Hear hear!

      • humorless

        Hey, that’s not funny!

  • Arlwhenever

    Arlington fuels off the military industrial complex and rides on the back of the REITs — big oil is next!

  • mehoo

    Somebody remembers WAY too much about Saved by the Bell.

    • charlie

      what is worse is admitting to remembering Saved by the Bell in the first place.

      • mehoo

        Saved by the Bell is like drugs – you loved it when you were young, but now you “deeply regret” it and don’t want your kids to get involved.

        • YoBimbo


          I’m proud to say that I avoided the whole damn thing entirely. The closest I’ve ever come to Saved By The Bell is watching Mario Lopez in Pet Star.

          • charlie

            and yet somehow you know Mario was in Saved by the Bell.
            Oh your secret is out, unlike Mario….

          • TGE

            I guess you didn’t see Screech’s dirty sanchez video.

          • mehoo

            Had to google that screech dirty sanchez video.

            Wish I hadn’t.

          • charlie

            maybe it is on that one-way street in Clarendon too…

  • G

    Saved by the bell was amazing

  • Zack Morris

    I hope innocent ducks don’t die this time. I still haven’t gotten over the death of Becky.

  • JimPB

    ARLNow.com: Why feed speculation and emotions? Before publishing, do reporting 101: ask BOC.

  • Brian

    I’m so excited, I’m so excited… I’m so… I’m so… scared….

  • Jessie Spano

    Stop the driling stop the oil stop the drilling!

    • charlie

      i can see Yorktown High school from here

  • Brandon C


    • mehoo

      Had to google that.

      Wish I hadn’t.

      • Brandon C

        Given your comment above, I think it’s high time you stop googling things. You seem to reget it every time!

  • maP

    I say let BP drill, baby, drill! I mean, seriously…what could happen over there? 🙂


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