April 30, 2009
Mark Titus has become a college basketball blogging institution. His Club Trillion -- a goofy compendium of his end-of-the-bench antics at Ohio State -- is basically Internet-famous. How do I know? One of my friends, whose only blog reading comes in the form of Tucker Max, if that can even be considered a blog, recommended Club Tril to me. That's Internet fame.
But as with any fame, there are perils. This year, Titus, whose NBA prospects are about as good as mine, decided to enter the NBA draft. It wasn't long until that dream died: Ohio State got a call from the NBA, first asking that Titus remove his name from the draft to prevent him from making a "mockery" of the process. Then, when Titus stuck in, the NBA got serious:
Today, (no this isn’t an FML) Dobo again approached me, only this time his face suggested that either the situation with the NBA had escalated or he found out that I was the one who spread peanut butter underneath his car handle door. [...] The NBA had called back and this time they demanded I pull my name out “or else.” I assume the “or else” meant they were going to make me do an NBA Catalog commercial like Larry Bird did in 1987. Despite the fact that I would have loved nothing more than to do a similar commercial, I realized that maybe the NBA isn’t an organization to be messed with and I pulled my name out.
Is Titus upset by this decision? Quite the contrary. He's thrilled with it:
Because of this, I’m not really all that upset about them treating me differently. In fact, I’m somewhat excited. I could very well be the first person in the history of the NBA to basically be told to go away.
It really is quite an accomplishment. Were Titus not famous for his blog, no doubt the NBA would have just let him put his name in the draft and ignored him as he was passed over -- or ignored completely -- by every NBA scout in the business. Instead, they stopped Titus before he did something truly evil, like "poke fun at an institution" or "execute a harmless gimmick for his blog." Phew. Disaster averted.