Mom of the year candidate, Casey Anthony, was spotted in Columbus, Ohio by someone armed with a camera phone and email addresses for the TMZ.com staff. Needless to say, when the images hit everybody's favorite gossip site, Casey Anthony once again went viral.
She blew up on Buzzfeed, and, of course, Twitter. Granted, it wasn't all flowers and sunshine in regards to the reaction, but once again, the mom Nancy Grace loves to hate is in the public eye, although she was trying to be somewhat low-key by donning an Ohio State Buckeyes cap.
Because of that, Ohio State fans are pissed. So much so, in fact, one Buckeye fan, radio personality Jimmy Jam from the "Dave and Jimmy" show offered Anthony $10,000 to wear a different hat, but not just any hat in particular. No sir, there's entirely too much sports rivalry bad blood to reward her for simply switching hats.
No, in order to receive the money, Anthony has to switch to a Michigan hat. The Michigan Wolverines are, of course, blood rivals with the Ohio State Buckeyes, making the intentions of the offer quite clear:
Buckeye fans would rather see their rival school sullied by the Casey Anthony effect instead of having her associated with their school. During the video, the natural arrogance of the Big 10 conference seeps out during the request--SEC Speed Kills, folks--and, in all honesty, I find myself siding Anthony in this situation.
Dear Ohio State fans, get over yourselves. It's clear the Jim Tressel/Terrelle Pryor debacle has left deep, ugly scars on your psyche, but drawing attention to the fact Anthony is wearing attire that represents the same school you support reeks of desperation. Simply enjoy the fact that Michigan hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since 2003, and move on, and let Casey Anthony rot in anonymity. By calling her out like this, you're only keeping her in the public eye, which will only increase her marketability.
It figures an Ohio State fan would make Casey Anthony a sympathetic figure. Just get over it and get ready for the upcoming football season, although, the Buckeye nation probably won't enjoy it as much as seasons past. Having your program gutted by Terrelle Pryor's tattoos can ruin what was otherwise a rosy outlook.
Twitter, has, of course, chimed in as well, and there's a lot of anguish from the Buckeye nation:
Dear Casey Anthony, please don't wear Ohio State hats.
Considering the turmoil-filled offseason the Buckeye nation has endured, the following sums things up quite well:
What's worse for Ohio State? Their huge memorabilia scandal with their football players or having Casey Anthony as a fan?
Anthony's haberdashery choice didn't go unnoticed by the University in question, either. In fact, Ohio State addressed the non-issue:
A rep for the university tells TMZ, "We are never surprised to see Buckeye pride displayed across the world. Buckeye hoodies and hats have traditionally been spotted across the world, and we understand that as a result, our logo will be seen in a wide range of news situations, whether positive or negative."
Folks, if you don't want Casey Anthony associated with OSU, here's a tip: IGNORE HER. The media cycle, because of the influence of social media, is so fast now, if the issue was ignored, people would have already forgotten Anthony was in Ohio State apparel. Now, it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if her association sticks.
In other news, if a Michigan fan doubled the offer, and bought her an entire Ohio State wardrobe to boot, it would be quite fitting. If she plays her cards right, Casey Anthony could make a nice little chunk of change playing both sides of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry fence.