Everybody knows that announcers and TV personalities hate your team. They just do. It’s a scientific fact.
A perfect example of this theorem in action is Mark May and Ohio State. The ESPN college football analyst has been a thorn in the side of Ohio State football fans for a while now.
He’s inspired Facebook groups for Ohio State fans to revel in his wrongness.
He’s inspired tweets about how subjective he seems to be when it comes to the Buckeyes.
He’s inspired blogposts:
Throughout his tenure as an ESPN personality he has bashed Ohio State at every turn saying they’re not fast, saying they’re overrated, criticizing the NCAA for not punishing Ohio State more, and even saying he’d want to “whack” members of Buckeye fans. Yes he said on his Facebook that he wanted to physically harm “haters from Buckeye Nation.”
His ongoing OSU disdain has even caught our eye over the years.
So when May predicted last weekend that Nebraska would defeat Ohio State, everyone went on high alert. By the time OSU completed their 62-3 thrashing of the Huskers, it was fait accompli.
Mark May should be banned from this halftime show after that Nebraska pick. pic.twitter.com/UeK1nahOno
— Tyler Stover (@TStove7) November 6, 2016
— #Quinning (@RileyPQuinn) November 6, 2016
What does Mark May gotta say now?
— Frank Fitz (@forthrightfitz) November 6, 2016
The hatred is so strong that even other ESPN personalities are forced to deal with it. Todd McShay appeared on ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell to discuss who he thinks the most “volatile” fanbases in college football are. His top five included Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, and Ohio State in the fifth spot. He then shared an anecdote about what it’s like to have to take May’s heat in person since the studio host never will.
“What they did to Mark May, and their relentless passion… I’ll be doing sideline at Ohio State, and they’ll be screaming at me to scream at Mark May back home,” McShay said. “And I’m like, I haven’t seen Mark May in two years.”
To which Ohio State fan probably replied, “Lucky you.”