Over the past day or so I've been trying to see what I've missed in the world. Hope is still in the lead in the US, the Leafs are making good/great/could be good moves (more on that later), and the American Empire should be wrapping up sometime next week when their national debt hits $14 trillion. And I thought I had debt problems.
One post I liked centred on senators' hate and as luck would have it one of the over 2000 posts in my Google Reader (don't other people take vacations?!) gave us one more reason: sell out fans. Right now, you're all nodding your heads and saying "this isn't new, we know that they are all ex-Leaf and Habs' fans and a bunch of traitors" but this (via The Big Lead) Profile story about Superfan Cameron Hughes who travels North America getting paid to be that obnoxious ass in front of you that won't stop twirling his shirt over his head takes the cake. As a person that sells his fanhood who could he possibly support?
Needless to say, a career as a traveling sports fan was not something Hughes envisioned when he finished college, even if he had been a mascot for his school team and was an avid supporter of his beloved Ottawa Senators.
Colour me stunned that a sens fan would make a living selling his support. But it's not all giggles because when they mention the clubs that pay for his services you are probably going to throw your monitor so step away from the computer before clicking through the jump.
Baseball teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers pay him an average of $2,000 a game to do his thing, as do N.B.A. teams like the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans Hornets and N.H.L. teams like the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. All told, he works about 80 to 90 major- and minor league games a year, and difficult as it may be to believe, Hughes makes a comfortable six-figure salary just by being a crazy sports fan.
WHAT. THE. F*CK!?! Sure, the Jays make sense since no one cares about them to begin with but the Leafs?!?! There are thousands of fans that would kill to go to Leaf games let alone get paid to be a real fan and you splash cash out on a senators fan!?!?! Why isn't The Omen investigating this?!?!
More links to read once your blood pressure comes down.