Thursday, January 29, 2009

Flippin' the Bird

So as it turns out, we actually had someone last night during the Wake Forest/Duke game display their distaste for the ESPN network. By 'someone' -I mean a Wake Forest alum (as evidenced by his close proximity to an above 40 crowd wearing alumni shirts) and by distaste I mean giving the finger. Now maybe it wasn't directed towards anyone or anything specific but for the benefit of this blog we are going to run with it.

As I was sitting there watching the game, I couldn't help but notice this old man giggling like a teeny bopper while doing none other than crushing an ice cream cone that would definitely envoke some feelings of envy from Willy Wonka. I can't even make this stuff my focus has now turned from Dicky V's commentary to this man's complete and apparent inability to act his age. Oh but it gets better. As I am now ogling this middle aged, sweater-vest wearing, ice-cream crushing, laughing like a hyena man in the stands he does the unthinkable. He extends his middle finger while holding on to the ice cream cone (props for that, by the way- his hand eye coordination was uncanny).

Of course the first thought that came to my mind, after I replayed it about 18 times and my face began to hurt from laughing, was 'Uhhhhh what!?' What exactly was this 40 year old man doing? Did he maybe forget that MILLIONS of people were watching? After all, this was a matchup between two top 5 teams. Maybe he forgot that he was 40? That he was in plain view of a camera that was directly in front of him? Now I will admit, there are times when I seem to have a lapse and forget how old I am. Once in a while I relive the glory days of college and shotgun a Busch Light, or shoot bottle rockets out the window of my apartment, maybe even have a Fruit Roll-Up here and there. But I am 24, and by no means a mature 24 year old. That being said, apparently I am more mature than Old Man River at Lawrence Joel Coliseum last night. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

For his sake I am hoping that this won't have a negative impact on his professional life, whatever it is that he does- "Hey did you see Principal Johnson flip the bird on ESPN last night?" I guess if worse comes to worse he might be able to land a security job at Chuck E. Cheese, judging from his juvenile demeanor and his affection for ice cream cones the size of mini-basketballs.