Florida State Asking Fans To #AskJameis On Twitter Did Not Go Well
Late last week, in a federal court in California, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken confirmed everything any normal thinking person already knew about amateurism in collegiate athletics.
Be careful what you #ask.
It's a sham. It's a big lie.
Division I basketball recruits and FBS football players are having the gravy sopped off of them by a fat cat aristocracy that for decades has refused to allow those players to share in the fruits of their labor. In a 99-page ruling in favor of a group of plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, Judge Wilken issued an injunction that will prevent the NCAA "from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid."
That's good. So now when an athletics department goes to market its best players as though they are a brand (Hint: They are a brand. Always have been.), there is only slight hypocrisy, not out-and-out hypocrisy.
And I would hate for college athletics departments to stop marketing players, because then we wouldn't get this social media gem that Florida State gave us on Sunday.
Yes, somebody at Florida State -- presumably someone who doesn't watch college football, read the Internet, socialize with other human beings in the state of Florida, and who just opened their Twitter account yesterday and learned how hashtags work and thought "Hey, THIS could work all for building that Jameis' fellas brand!" (It's the only explanation.) -- somebody thought it would be a good idea to allow the internet to ask Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston questions.
Questions about anything. (They didn't specify that, but remember, the internet really has no rules, so any question was fair game to be posted.)
This would prove to be problematic (and hilarious, for those of us who, unlike FSU's social media coordinator, do know how Twitter works) since Winston, in addition to being a fine quarterback, is also very adept at escaping rape accusations and very horrible at stealing crab legs from Publix.
As you can imagine, there were some Seminole fans that attempted to steer the conversation toward actual football questions. Like this guy....
...and this guy....
But alas, most of the questions had to do with crab legs...
....like a ton of crab leg questions....
....like ALL THE CRAB LEG QUESTIONS....
How many stiff-arms did he throw to get out of the store without paying for the crablegs? #AskJameis— AtlantaCanes (@AtlantaCanes) August 10, 2014