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Back in 2011, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit quit Twitter saying "I just felt it wasn't for me". Herbstreit has now been back on Twitter for while (in full disclosure, I don't follow him so I'm not sure when he jumped back on board) and it looks like he's giving as good as he's getting from the "lunatic fringe".
In the aftermath of Herbstreit's alma mater Ohio State's loss to Clemson on Friday night, Herbstreit must have gotten some interesting tweets sent his way.
Here's how he responded...
Funny how all the tools I hear frm, u know the real funny guys w/ strong opinions all have 1 thing in common-under 100 followers. #under100— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 4, 2014
and then he followed it up with another gem...
One of the reasons that social media is so interesting is that you occasionally get to see big media guys like Kirk unplugged and unfiltered. With over 400,000 twitter followers, I'm sure Kirk gets some crazy tweets sent his way. This is an example of Herbstreit reading his mentions and getting fed up and firing back.
While there is truth in Herbstreit's statements, he also painted with a very broad brush. Kirk went on to clarify these comments in replies to his tweets, saying that not all people with under 100 followers were part of the "obnoxious minority" and not all fans that don't have a diploma from the school they root for are part of the problem.
Herbstreit does come off as arrogant but if you were offended by his tweets you are probably either part of the group he is talking about or you just take twitter a little too seriously. I'm all for having broadcasters be serious but it's also nice to see that they have a human side once in a while as well.
There are many names for people who are fans of schools which they didn't attend. One of them is Southerners. Another is Buckeyes. Come to that, I grew up rooting for one Big 10 school and then attended another, while my first cousin was starting for the second school. When my first team came to my new campus, I wore THEIR colors to work that day, in my residence hall cafeteria.
I've little doubt that Herbie takes the L.A. approach to life, though. Anything to fit in.