First of all, I have to give all credit to Dan Alleman, Andy's older brother, for contacting me through Flickr and sharing this story with me. It turns out, when the two Alleman brothers were young and Andy was just in elementary school, Andy had an incident involving the old-school air helmets.
"I was in fourth or fifth grade and I didn't have a hand pump so we took out the bike pump and Dan filled it up in one pump," he said. "The air bladder is shaking it's got so much air in it but he says, 'I think maybe one more pump.'"
Needless to say, it was one pump too many.
"It sounded like a shotgun going off," he said.
The air bladder exploded and young Andy had to buy a new one for his school (the helmet was not actually his).
But this wasn't the last time Andy face problems with equipment. During his rookie training camp last year in Jackson, Andy said that the adhesive that holds his ankle brace together actually melted before practice even started one day.
"I was taking some snaps pre-practice and I looked down at my ankle brace and it goes 'pop,'" he said. "The glue that held the velcro melted. Then I go to tape it and it was so humid that the tape wouldn't stick. So practice hadn't started and my ankle brace is essentially broken."
The heat struck again this year when Alleman and some teammates parked the scooters they were provided by the team to get around the Millsaps College campus on some black pavement. When they got back out, the players saw that their scooter were leaning over. Upon further inspection, they realized that scooters kickstand had melted into the pavement.
"Things like that are funny to laugh at now," he said. "But you just think to yourself, 'Man I just practiced and now I'm coming out to this.'"
Oh Jackson, will anyone ever have anything postitive to say about you?