Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Mike Campo Day!!

Four years! Can't believe it's been four years since Terence Moore was so fantastically duped that the internet was changed forever. Well, that may be a bit much. But it was funny enough to remember fondly each year as the calendar turns to April.

Because in the spring of 2009 UGA was looking for a basketball coach. And Terence Moore, AJC typist and note idiot, was busy lobbying for Tubby Smith (okay, I get that Captain Obvious) or Craig Robinson (wuh? who?).

In April 2009 Craig Robinson had just finished his first season as Oregon State's head coach, going 18-18 and winning the College Basketball Invitational. Prior to that he'd gone 30-28 at Brown. Those sterling credentials aside, Robinson is also Barack Obama's brother in law. This point of fact alone clearly qualifies him to be the head coach at Georgia.

So Moore continued to type, much to everyone's regret. At least those with internet connection that could also read. Thankfully there was one person to intervene. Mike Campo.

Mike is not necessarily a real person. Although he could be. Or she, perhaps. But whoever Campo is he got the better of Moore and put him back in his place with just a few words, expertly crafted, on the Fools' most recognizable day.
Mike Campo 4/1/09, 11:38am - Mr. Moore, I am 12 years old and love reading your articles. I think they are great! Please keep writing and inspiring the youth like me to write!
Chief Craptastic 4/1/09, 11:48am - Mike Campo - Thanks for the kind words. Since you’re 12 years old, I’m sure you’ll change your mind several times in regards to what you want to do in life. But keep studying hard in general, and I’m glad you enjoy writing. The more you write, the more you’ll enjoy it, and the more you’ll develop your craft. Having the ability (and the will) to write effectively will help you in whatever you decide to do. So, Mike, keep listening to your parents and to your teachers, and you’ll be just fine. 
Mike Campo 4/1/09, 11:51am Just kidding, your writing and opinions suck 
Chief Craptastic 4/1/09, 11:51-12:02pm - silence....
Mike Campo 4/1/09, 12:02pm - Sorry, my dad typed that. He doesn’t like you and says you are racist. i don’t know what that means. he want’s me to ask you when you are moving to another state? He says he’ll buy me a new bike if you go. Please hurry up and move far away. 
And scene. Excellent. It's a lot like "catfishing" just with a better 40 time and tackling skills. Moore took a voluntary buyout later that month. He now makes up shit for something called AOL Fanhouse. Craig Robinson, by the way, has compiled a 59-70 record since 2009. Clearly Damon Evans was drunk in not hiring him. Clearly.

But that's all conjecture. Today we celebrate the man (supposedly), the myth, the legend. Somewhere I hope Mike Campo is steering his Schwinn with one hand and drinking a raspberry slushy with the other. Perhaps one day we'll meet outside of the wires of the internets. Until then...

Happy Mike Campo Day!

Bonus material:
- original Moore article
- Hale weighed in with a response
- Williard's interview with Moore