I really don’t know what to say about this latest example of pure insanity when it comes to fans and sports. Watching, playing and writing about sports since the time I was five, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I had almost seen it all. But the insanity level of fans in the country, especially when it comes to sports, continues to amaze even me. This one is almost too good to be true. If you are not currently sitting down, I suggest you do so now.
Gene Chizik is the head football coach for the Auburn Tigers. He and his Tigers are struggling this season, and many are calling for his job. Keep in mind, this is the same coach who led Auburn to a BCS National Championship less than two years ago. Now, after a bad season, as well as having to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide win another title, the Tigers’ fans have had it with Chizik. Even though he reportedly has a top notch recruiting class coming in for 2013, the fans have asked for his termination.
Of course, when I say that they have asked for Chizik to be fired, I don’t just mean with the athletic director or the school president. I mean they have asked THE president.
As in, the President of the United States of America.
Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up, no matter how hard you try.
According to the website Fansided.com, at least one disgruntled Auburn fan petitioned President Barack Obama to step in and fire Chizik. Again, you cannot make a story like this up, so, thankfully, the good people at Fansided were kind enough to give us a snippit of what the fan wrote in his letter to the President.
“You probably remembered the Auburn University football team from their visit to your house in early 2011. You gave Trooper Taylor a chest bump. Since then the football team, like the Tea Party has fallen off of the map and would be forgotten by the nation were it not for our ineptitude. …
“Do the right thing.
Either sent military drones to the athletic department and blow the whole thing up or give our boosters a $10 million stimulus package to create new orange and blue jobs. Determine that Jacobs and Chizik are terrorists and get rid of them for Auburn. Go USA!”
I don’t know what to say.
Scratch that. Yes I do.
Seriously? I get how fans support their schools or teams through and through. Sports gives us all something to get behind. But this is insane. The saddest part is that I’ll guarantee you that this one fan in particular is dead serious. This is no joke. He really is asking the President to help him convince the school to fire a football coach.
He is not asking to end the war. He is not asking for more jobs. He is not asking for better and affordable health care. he doesn’t want lower gas prices. he couldn’t care less about the economy. He simply wants President Obama to force Auburn to fire Chizik as head football coach.
I guess it will be then, and only then, that this country will turn things around and really get back on its feet.
One can only hope.
Scary, folks. Just plain scary.