If you do not know the background of this story, I will sum it up quick/fast: University of Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton recently dropped his name in the hat for the NBA draft. Orton is one of five Kentucky players to be leaving early, basically gutting the depth and talent from this year’s Elite 8 squad. It is arguable whether he is ready or not… UK fan, (here represented by Mark Hamilton) is distressed that UK will have to reload, again, in order to remain competitive so he decides that the best way to relieve himself of this burden is to “tweet” Mr. Orton and show him a good virtual fist shakin.’
Stuff like this scares the Bujeebus out of me. Every fan base has its share of nutjob-psychopaths who go beyond pulling for their team. They take the successes and failures personally. In the past, these fruitcakes have had very little access to the coaches and players themselves and were usually resigned to creating stupid posters, wearing brown paper bags or writing letters to the editor of the local fishwrap. Now, with the magic of social networking, boobs like Mark can interact directly with the KIDS (thats what most collegiate athletes are…children) impulsively and unfiltered. This is a dangerous trend that I think will only get worse given the impulsive nature of the public at large. We are seeing this already with stupid Facebook groups aimed at recruits.
Piece of advice to the grown-folk out there living vicariously through the collegiate athletes of your choose school…its not cool, cute nor helpful to involve yourself at this level. You look like a tool.