I really didn’t want to do another post about the comedic antics of teh Auburn fambly. But it’s been such a target rich environment this week that it would almost be a sin to leave some of this stuff hanging out there. If I don’t, who will, right?
Yesterday, SPORTSbyBROOKS posted an interesting little piece about a group of Auburn “hostesses” known as Tigerettes. It wasn’t particularly earth-shattering. That the school has student-employees who also happen to be Tigerettes probably doesn’t rise to even a secondary NCAA violation (though two knowledgeable sources indicate that the amounts and timing of the payments made might raise some eyebrows at both NCAA and the IRS).
The response from teh fambly was swift and predictable. Auburn fans love Brooks like Democrats love Rush Limbaugh. One Auburn blogger claimed to have contacted his super secret inside sources and published a post that was contradicted by both the school’s official comment on the matter and the actual documentation obtained under the Alabama Open Records statute. But the most delightfully entertaining piece was published by none other than the Never to Yield Foundation, on the same website that slandered Alabama radio personality Scott Moore. Here’s what NTYF wrote on the organization’s website:
June 21, 2011 — Internet blogger and certified muckraker Brooks Melchior of Sports by Brooks fame (infamy?) built his site traffic at the outset by approaching random women on the street and soliciting them to appear in photos on his blog.
When he first stepped out onto the world wide web Brooks was characterized as “desperate to build traffic” and he was reduced to trolling the streets in Southern California looking for pretty girls. His intent was enticing them to provide free titillation to the pages of his site.
It’s a pretty lame attempt at character assassination. After all, whatever Brooks did, it worked. The site gets tens of thousands of visits per day and is probably the Yardbarker Network’s most popular blog. But what’s even more interesting is that NTYF swore off going after sites like SbB. The first thing I came to realize about NTYF is that the dude who runs the site takes himself very, very seriously.
Much like most Auburn fans. Laughing at themselves or shrugging off criticism just doesn’t seem to be in their DNA. The NTYF dude takes himself so seriously, he posted a set of twenty questions with himself. The creepiness level of that is off my chart, but I found this Q&A to be particularly interesting:
15) What about those web sites that focus on tearing Auburn down?
Again, consider the source. Sites like that are complete and total irrelevance veiled in a cloud of insecurity. We’ve had some of the information from those types of sites forwarded to us and it’s really pretty pathetic. Some of the information that’s been promoted there is so ridiculous that it’s hard to fathom anyone with a functioning brain cell could actually put any stock it. It’s equally sad that grown men invest so much of their own self worth in the performance of a group of young men on Saturday that they would stoop to the level of vitriol and hate we’ve seen flowing from those dark, dirty corners of the Internet. Like the Finebaum callers mentioned above, however, the people who frequent places like that are irrelevant and are best ignored. Hysterical black helicopter babble from a meaningless website isn’t worth our time.
Isn’t that special. NTYF is gonna be so magnanimous that they won’t ever stoop to the level of addressing blogs like Brooks. They’re such, umm “dark, dirty corners” of teh innerwebs, after all.
But it appears that the combination of Brooks’ shit-eating grin and undeniably accurate post regarding how much and how often Tigerettes got paid provided too strong of a temptation. But instead of addressing the factual information in the post, NTYF went after the messenger. Just like they did with Scott Moore.
Exit Question: Which one of the Psalms for Boogs did the NTYF dude read before going full zealot on Brooks?