If Deadspin wants to expose the latest Brett Favre cock shot or has footage of Tim Tebow rocking out to Slayer’s “Jesus Saves,” I want to know about it. The sports-gossip website, famous for exposing every and any scandal involving athletes and the people who cover them, has done its fair share of keeping the sports world from getting too big for its britches. But in its scramble to be on the vanguard of muck raking, internet journalism, they’ve finally gone too far.
Deadspin has stuck its nose where it doesn’t belong in a recent story entitled “Who is Dad Boner?” a journey into finding out who is behind one of Twitter’s greatest accounts. And while the story doesn’t shed much light on the author’s identity, we still have to ask the question: Can’t they just leave this one alone?
As a huge fan of @DadBoner, I don’t want to know who he is. I appreciate the fact that the identity has remained secret even as his popularity has soared. Part of the charm of DadBoner is how the author has never broken character and maintained the story line without anyone knowing who he is. Solidifying the impression that he’s an actual clueless, Midwestern douchebag with a penchant for hot wings, top shelf margs and regurgitating fast food slogans as if they were his own.
But now that Deadspin has picked up the trail, I fear the hunt for Dad Boner will now reach its logical end: finding out who this genius is which will then lead to a downturn in the quality of the product. And inevitably, a crappy sitcom or horrendous Hollywood rendering that is the farthest thing from the spirit of Karl Welzein.
So please Deadspin, dig into the newest rumors surrounding sexual harassment going on at ESPN. When an athlete makes the sound decision to photograph his dick, be there to showcase it to the world. But lay off DadBoner because you’ll only ruin it for everybody. Brett Favre would probably agree.