Mark May must have not gotten the memo about ESPN's social media guidelines. After calling Doug Gottlieb a "JACKWAGON" and expressing his desire to inflict physical pain on "haters" from Ohio State, May was making social media waves once again. And once more, he continued his blood feud with the Buckeyes, calling them out for celebrating a 12-0 perfect season with rings for the players commemorating the season. This being Mark May, his burning, seething hatred of Ohio State reads like a message board commenter... and a bad one at that...
Just a checking my integrity meter didn't know you could give out 12-0 rings when your on probation or banned from bowls..just a thought— Mark May (@mark_may) April 11, 2013
First, can we talk about May's terrible spelling and grammar? His timeline is a minefield of misplaced punctuation, misspellings, awkward sentences, and random capitalization. It reads like a parody account. Even though the blue checkmark is there you seriously wonder whether or not it can be a real ESPN analyst. We're pouring through May's archive for a collection of his best (i.e. worst) tweets, but here's just one example to whet your appetite:
Stephen A Smith NICE job you get on Danica if ya aint first your last 8th place is not a win in any category— Mark May (@mark_may) February 25, 2013
But back to his ongoing obsession with Ohio State. What traumatic experience buried deep within Mark May's past causes him to hate the Buckeyes? Something from his childhood? Did Woody Hayes not recruit him out of high school? Did Kirk Herbstreit not save him a seat in the ESPN cafeteria?
With all of the crap that happens revolving around the NCAA, is rewarding those Ohio State players with a ring for a division title and a perfect season really what sends the alarm bells ringing on his "integrity meter?" Because if it is, it says a lot more about May's vendetta than anything else. And for the record, giving out rings to teams who didn't win a national championship is nothing new. (Cough... PITT... cough.) In addition, at least a couple former Ohio State players fired back at May:
You can give out rings when you win your division and your coach is the man@mark_may— Jake Stoneburner (@STONEYeleven) April 12, 2013
Earlier this week I said the May vs OSU feud was good for a few laughs and has it ever reached a comical status. But now I'm also beginning to think Mark May is exactly why ESPN is petrified of social media and has to send stodgy corporate memos. He calls competitors jackwagons, kicks dirt on Bill Simmons after his Twitter suspension, happily trolls fanbases, and has incited an unruly mob of Ohio State fans to think he and ESPN have it out for them. (And trust me, Ohio State fans don't need any help coming up with crazy conspiracy theories in thinking the world is against them.) And all of it is done with such brazenness and poor grammar that it invites the attention, scorn and mockery of the entire internet.
Perhaps it would be in ESPN's best interest to tell Mark May to sit the next few tweets out.
Hey, Buckeye Nation. We should refuse to watch any show that May appears on at ESPN. I've been hearing him trash the Buckeyes since 2002. When even Lou Holtz calls him biased enough is enough
Since Mark May stopped playing football he has had absolutely nothing to offer. Somehow he continues to be allowed to be on ESPN and talk when 95% of the things he said have absolutely no basis in reality or fact. Why is he still employed? Who wants to hear from him anymore??
The Buckeyes who got the rings weren't the ones who committed the alleged infractions. They were just paying the price. So what is wrong with rewarding players for playing their butts off when they could have just thrown in the towel and coasted?
I want a ring to WHAAAAAAAA!!!! Its not fair WHAAAAA!!!! WAIT TILL THEY GET ANOTHER ONE THAT SAYS NATY CHAMPS SUCKA! BUCKEYE NATION STAND UP!
Just because OSU has no morals or principles is no reason not to give out rings. There's nothing wrong with lying or cheating or lack of morality is there.
You can't punish OSU now just because of their former Lying, Cheating LOW LIFE SCUM of a coach Wooddy Hayes
@MattMcCoyWTVN I think Mark May has something against Ohio State. He's excessively negative, and there was no reason to go after the rings.
@awfulannouncing In all fairness, Gotlieb IS a Jackwagon,,,
@AC_Boog_Thomp haha JACKWAGONS COMING THROUGH
@awfulannouncing why haven't they done anything before now? It's not as if May is their centerpiece
@awfulannouncing is that pronounced like a french word? Po-Lee-Say?
@andrewkumar Instead of just complaining, I will boycott the show and avoid any of its advertisers I know of as long as May is on it. There are other scoreboard shows (e.g,. Fox) , so I need not watch those silly court debates or helmet sticker follies.
@WoodyHayesSucks SCUM was the only thing I could make out in your entire rant. You hate Michigan too?
@WoodyHayesSucks What a sad little man you are.