Each week, I ask someone I know via the Internet and/or (imagine this) personally a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.
Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.
My first guest of 2013 is a mysterious one indeed, a presence known throughout the Twitter-verse simply as @FakeSwarbrick. He is a frequently hilarious and slightly inappropriate parody persona of the real Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick. Example:
I feel like they’re talking to ME RT @kyndfan:Anybody feel awkward when they see wrangler commercial explain how they have more crotch room?
— Jack Swarbrick (@FakeSwarbrick) January 2, 2013
Said parody is not based on who Mr. Swarbrick actually is but rather what I think all Irish fans would like to believe he could be. The real Swarbrick, after all, does seem like quite the badass.
So with the Notre Dame football team ready to play its biggest game in years this Monday (please check out the contest I’m running in conjunction with that), I asked Fake Swarbrick:
What’s the hardest part of being a fake athletic director?
Currently it’s answering ticket requests for the championship game. But if people are foolish enough to ask me for tickets, then I’m happy to fill those requests with fake tickets. It’s quite profitable, as long as the university and the IRS don’t find out.
Can I answer a different question?
Maybe I’ll see you in Miami, @FakeSwarbrick. True, I have no idea what you look like. But I think somehow, I would just know.
Be sure to come back next week, when my guest will be Brian Fremeau (@bcfremeau), the creator of a statistics-based college football ranking and a regular contributor to both Football Outsiders and ESPN Insider.
Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know.