Start a Facebook Group, Get on ESPN
- Updated: December 1, 2008
I have no celebrity aspirations. Besides arrogantly believing I could do a better job than a large number of current NFL and college color guys, I do not yearn to be on the tube. However, for those who dream to see themselves on the Worldwide Leader talking sports, here’s the key to fulfilling your fantasy. Ready? Start a Facebook group.
That’s what Austin Talbert did. The UT undergrad, ticked off like the rest of Longhorn Nation about the bone job his beloved Bevo-ites were heading towards, started a group called “Texas Did Beat OU 45-35, Lest We Forget.” In the process, Talbert may very well have helped launch that 45-35 “movement” in Austin which has led to massive amounts of related signage and gear, as well as a uniting battle cry for Texas-backing message board junkies everywhere.
It also landed him on ESPN (probably didn’t hurt that his first name is Austin, too). While I was prepping for a business trip this morning, I had ESPN First Take (on mute, of course) providing a soothing background glow. At one point, I glanced up only to see this young man’s face.
So, I flicked the volume back on and listened for a few minutes to a reasonably articulate young man share perspective on the thoughts of Texas Longhorns fans in the wake of their drop to #3 in the latest BCS rankings. The “founder” of “Texas Did Beat OU 45-35, Lest We Forget.”
The moral of this story? As usual, we don’t really have one. We found the development neither good or bad, but just interesting. You could use it as an opportunity to rail on citing their need to bring in a teen to analyze one of the sports weekend’s biggest stories. Or, you could just as easily say “hey, that’s pretty cool. Would rather hear a kid at the school talk about the mood on campus then bleed out the ears compliments of Skip Bayless.”
We’re still not sure where we fall on the continuum. At the least, young Austin is a living breathing sign of the times, another testament to the popularity and influence of this new-fangled InterWeb. So, go forth and socially-network you crazy millennials. Who knows, you could wind up with your mug on ESPN.
Oh yes, as a side note, based on a prior relationship I “adopted” the ‘Horns as my favorite college football team a few years back given the void in the NYC metro area. This is B.S. So, bitch all you want, Mr. Talbert. We may even join your “Facebook group.”