Last Friday night, honorary ITB news anchor Penn Holderness sent me the following tweet.
— Penn Holderness (@pennholderness) September 28, 2013
Upon seeing this, I began to hyperventilate. I was going to be referenced on the news?! Did a mansion catch on fire? Had police found my elaborate plans to implode Gelwood South by digging underground tunnels from Broughton? After looking at the picture, I was relieved to see that Penn Holderness was simply planning on referencing me during a football highlight. He probably saw all the great work we’ve been doing on ITB Bets Week 1 and Week 2 and wanted to thank me for all the money he’s won from our advice.
It didn’t matter why I was going to be on the news. The only thing I cared about was that Dad was watching when it happened. I immediately sent him a text saying, “!!!! Emergency!!! I’m going to be on the news!!! For real this time! Set your DVR for NBC-17 at 11:00”. As always, he didn’t answer right away. He was probably overwhelmed with emotion and trying to think of the best way to express himself. He finally replied, “How did you get this number? Stop texting me.” I took this to mean that he was busy trying to DVR the news. Fortunately, I recorded the clip on my phone in case Dad was having trouble with his DVR.
That’s right, Penn Holderness said, “Broughton versus Wake Forest, or as my buddy William Needham Finley would call it, ITB versus OTB.” Let that sink in. A local news anchor said my name and the words “ITB versus OTB” on the news in front of millions of people. First, give this guy some credit for having the journalistic integrity to say what we were all thinking. Broughton vs. Wake Forest is so obviously ITB vs. OTB. I’m glad we finally have someone in the news who is not only aware of these differences, but highlights them on an actual news broadcast. I’ve yet to see WRAL do this. If he keeps this up, Penn just might find himself the recipient of an ITB Peabody award. My next goal is to see if Penn will say “Sleazeville” when he reports on the Leesville vs. Broughton game. Stay tuned.