Twitter War! The Iron Sheik Calls Out Arian Foster!
I've mentioned in this space a few times, during the 2011 NFL season I did a weekly show with Texans running back Arian Foster on Yahoo! Sports Radio. In my five years and change in talk radio, those sessions with him were some of the more fun moments I've had doing radio.
The Iron Sheik speaks, to a perplexed Arian Foster.
The first few weeks we did the show were tough, by and large because Arian was dealing with missing games from a nagging hamstring injury, but we hit our stride pretty well once he got back onto the field.
There were a couple reasons I think I enjoyed it so much:
First, of all the things Arian liked to discuss, football seemed to rank somewhere outside the top ten. That was fun to me, that was interesting to me, and I think it was for listeners, too. (For the record, I think the following things all ranked ahead of football for Arian as discussion topics: Egypt, American Idol, his daughter, the corruption within the NCAA, interpreting dreams, etymology, and Twitter.)
Second, Arian was still in a place career-wise where he seemed fascinated, if not perplexed, by his level of celebrity. He would routinely seem genuinely humbled if you brought up the fact that little kids wore his jersey to games or to school. He thought it was "cool" (in an endearing grade-schooler kind of way) when defensive players would talk about having to shut him down, referring to him by name.
In short, he didn't really see himself as "famous" at that point. (He may still not to this day, I just don't see him on a weekly basis anymore, so I can't really say.)
So it wasn't a big surprise that the perpetually intrigued, perpetually socializing-with-the-masses Foster was soliciting his Twitter followership for some new, interesting people to follow on Twitter late last week:
Who is a funny person to follow on here, famous or non?— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) February 8, 2013
The Twitterverse came back with many suggestions, and not surprisingly many people suggested themselves as someone Foster should follow for the daily dose of humor he was requesting. That group of self suggesters included former WWF champion and the wrestling poster child for '80's xenophobia in the genre, the Iron Sheik.
In case you don't remember or have never heard of the Iron Sheik, kids, here are some samples of his wrestling work:
Okay, so you get the point -- just a few years after Iran held a bunch of Americans hostage in the early '80's, the Iron Sheik was the scourge of all things America, the quintessential villain, a mustachioed Satan. Got it? Good.
Well, today the Iron Sheik has evolved into more of a cult hero than anything else, having separated himself from his wrestling persona and embraced a level of crazy that makes Ron Artest seem like J.J. Watt. So that you have a basis for what the Sheik's "personality" entails these days, check out this video. Viewing is NOT optional, it's necessary, and the language is NSFW. You've been warned: