Tom Hackett was the nation's best punter last year, but that didn't gain him any leeway with Salt Lake City's car thieves. His 2000s Subaru Outback went missing for two days, nearly forcing him to ride his scooter through a snowy Utah winter. Fortunately for the Utah Utes, it wound up back in his parking lot before it could throw a wrench in his preparation for Saturday's game against Arizona.
The 2014 Ray Guy Award winner raised the alarm on Twitter on Monday morning.
If anyone happens to see this red Ferrari (Subaru) please let me know. She went walking last night... pic.twitter.com/gZycDuVh3f— Tom Hackett (@TomHackett33) November 9, 2015
Soon after, one of Hackett's neighbors spotted the vehicle, presumably while describing it as "one of the most college-looking cars you can find." Apparently, whomever took it was interested in a trip to the Rocky Mountains.
Just had a reliable source spot Basil (my red Subaru) with ski's on the top rack headed for the slopes. Spotted on Foothill in Dans car park— Tom Hackett (@TomHackett33) November 9, 2015
Local news affiliate took KSTU took note and broadcasted Hackett's story to the greater Salt Lake City area. Their hook? That the All-American Australian was now going to be stuck on a two-wheeler throughout the bitter Utah winter.
Utah punter Tom Hackett had his car stolen this morning. Now, he has to ride this in snow @TomHackett33 @fox13now pic.twitter.com/g4z8SpEb1S— Jeff McAdam (@JeffMcAdamTV) November 10, 2015
Fortunately, after a tense two-day ordeal, "Basil" wound up back in the hands of his owner.
A special thanks to @PICKETFENCE_THE, @Fitclimbergirl and @GiannaColosimo. Basil is back with Papa Hack! #findbasil pic.twitter.com/xzzoYMrXc0— Tom Hackett (@TomHackett33) November 11, 2015
But was the car any worse for the wear?
@smithbmeb lungs inhaled some cigarette smoke but for the most part she is doing well!— Tom Hackett (@TomHackett33) November 11, 2015
Well that's certainly good ne---wait. Basil is a girl's name?