Friday, January 12, 2007
Sports Illustrated Prints a Bunch of Crap
Sports Illustrated has been duped. The story about a West Virginia fan being photographed defecating on a seat during the 2007 Gator Bowl has made it into the latest issue. If you're not familiar with the story, it started on a Georgia Tech message board. The message included a link to a series of photos. As the story goes, a West Virginia fan entered a section of seats vacated by the Georgia Tech band, which was preparing to perform at halftime. The post claims the fan then dropped his drawers and defecated on one of the Georgia Tech band section seats. There were several reasons to doubt the story to begin with. There was no photographic evidence of the dirty deed or the alleged arrest of the fan afterward or proof that the person was a West Virginia fan. Many sites went with the story, including our friends at Deadspin. Then reader John alerted us Thursday evening about the entry on page 24 of the latest SI. John sends along word that George P. Burdell, the name associated with the photos, is actually a fictional character long used in practical jokes by Georgia Tech students and alumni. A check of "George P. Burdell" on your favorite search engine will provide background about the name's long and mirthful history. Sports Illustrated appears to have seen the item on the Internet and passed it along as fact in the "Sign of the Apocalypse" item on page 24.
Posted by dawizofodds at 1:30 AM