Most of you are probably at least somewhat familiar with Darren Rovell, ESPN Sports Business Reporter & Business Correspondent for ABC News. He's got nearly 500,000 Twitter followers and has sent out nearly 69,000 tweets. So, like, he's kind of a big deal, especially in his own mind.
Yes, the Northwestern-educated Rovell has become very popular and he frequently reports on athlete's contracts, endorsements, and various other topics related to the business of sports. He is proof that fat birds do indeed fly. But that doesn't mean he's above mixing it up with the peons of the world.
When one of his followers made a joke at his expense, Rovell didn't just call the guy out on Twitter; he actually went so far as to report the tweet to the guy's school:
— neilla (@_neillam) April 8, 2014
@_neillam i have forwarded these comments to charles shipan at your university.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 8, 2014
Deadspin's got all the details on the actual emails that Rovell sent, so I'll not dive into them here, though being familiar with them will provide you with a better frame of reference for what follows. These reports had given me that not-so-fresh feeling, the discomfort of which was still lingering the other day when I saw this:
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 7, 2014
There are some times when you just have no choice but to fight Summer's Eve with Massengill, so I, being a bit of a smartass, thought it'd be funny to turn the tables on Rovell. Since he actually sits on an advisory board for grad programs in sports administration at Northwestern, I fired off the following email to Morton Schapiro, NU's president:
I just wanted to point out to you that one of your former students and member of an advisory board for graduate programs in sports administration made an egregious error in a comment about Air Jordan shoes on his Twitter feed. I found his use of an apostrophe to show plurality to be reprehensible and certainly not indicative of the high academic standards NU has come to represent. Just in case I'm not being clear here, this is concerning Darren Rovell, who I don't believe has pulled down his erroneous tweet.
Let me know if you'd like to know more, as I'll happily search his timeline for further misplaced punctuation.
I then followed up my Rovellian tattle with this tweet:
@darrenrovell I have forwarded these comments to Morton schapiro at northwestern
— Evan Altman (@DEvanAltman) May 8, 2014
I realized only too late that my auto-correct had capitalized the "I" and "M," thus detracting a bit from the verisimilitude of my tweet (since Rovell apparently fancies himself as some sort of modern-day e e cummings), but then I thought it would be a bit too pedantic to delete and re-reply. It still really irks me, but c'est la vie, I guess.
So is there really any point to all this? Was it a juvenile prank that's at best a small act of defiance and at worst a shameless attempt to gain some sort of bastardized infamy? Probably not and yes. In the end, it was fun and made me laugh; judging from some of the responses I got, it made some other folks laugh too. And if something I do brings a smile to someone's face and adds even just a small bit of joy to the world, I've done my job.
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