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Mike Bellamy's sense of humor could use some help

Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:25 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Clemson five-star running back recruit Mike Bellamy caused quite the Internet stir last week with a series of photos posted to his Facebook account that showed Bellamy with what appeared to be thousands of dollars in $100 bills. Though Bellamy and his high school officials claimed the photos were a joke, Clemson compliance personnel were--understandably--less than amused, and the photos were quickly removed from the account.

What's a shame here is that the "young athlete poses for Facebook photos with huge stacks of cash, which then get circulated to every corner of the Internet, forcing apology/explanation" thing has been done so many times by now, it's ripe for parody. If Bellamy really was trying to make a joke, he was at least in the right vein of humor ... he just botched the execution.

So we're going to make a series of suggestions for Bellamy's next attempt, to help him or any other athlete who'd like to get in on the ground floor of successful pose-with-lots-of-cash joke-making:
  • Pose with dozens of bills ... and all of them 1's. A t-shirt with the phrase "It's all about the Washingtons" would help.
  • Instead of acquiring the actual money needed and taking actual pictures, simply draw the photos in MS Paint. We've adopted this tactic more than once around here ourselves, and we've always been (entirely too) happy with the results.
  • Acquire and pose with a large stack of bills from a foreign currency where those bills don't amount to much in U.S. dollars. A caption like "Went to Mexico!!! Struck it rich!!" on a photo with dozens of 20-peso notes (U.S. value: around $1.60 each) -- and a sombrero! -- would be comedy gold.
  • Pose with bills from a popular money-acquisition board game. But not the one you're thinking of, just to keep the Internet on its toes. (Plus, there's some kind of killer "Payday!" joke to make in the caption, we're sure of it.)
  • Take photo with one bill, then Photoshop the bill back into the photo over and over again in an intentionally obvious, sloppy fashion. When called on photo's inauthenticity by Internet commenters, claim you have no idea what they're talking about and that the photos is 100 percent genuine.
Following any one of these plans would earn Bellamy or any other athlete instant comedic respect while also avoiding the nasty complications that come with posing with actual gobs of money. In fact, we're so sure of it, we'll pay any athlete who does* the sum of $10,000.

In bright orange $500's.

*Offer so not valid.



Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Mike Bellamy's sense of humor could use some help

High School students do dumb things all the time. Well, actually people do dumb things all the time. It's a bit sad that in this age of social media, always connected and online, that pictures like this can spread immediate displeasure with a program. I'm hearing all these wild stories about Clemson paying Bellamy money, to Bellamy cashing in on his future fame, to everything. It makes me shake my head that one simple facebook picture makes everyone ready to point fingures at a program. It's almost like when recruiting a kid and accepts a college the college should send a million page book on what not do. Part of me wants to tell the kid you have to be smart and think about what you are doing, while the other part wants me to let kid be a kid. Just because he is playing football doesn't mean he can make mistakes like the rest of us. I definately do not believe in kids doing anything illegal in the eyes of the NCAA. I'm not saying anything against article written about this. It's just the college football scene is no longer about the college football, but about the constant gossip going on everywhere. But as the world mvoes together into one connected blur 24/7, we move apart in the what makes the world great.



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Mike Bellamy's sense of humor could use some help

High School students do dumb things all the time. Well, actually people do dumb things all the time. It's a bit sad that in this age of social media, always connected and online, that pictures like this can spread immediate displeasure with a program. I'm hearing all these wild stories about Clemson paying Bellamy money, to Bellamy cashing in on his future fame, to everything. It makes me shake my head that one simple facebook picture makes everyone ready to point fingures at a program. It's almost like when recruiting a kid and accepts a college the college should send a million page book on what not do. Part of me wants to tell the kid you have to be smart and think about what you are doing, while the other part wants me to let kid be a kid. Just because he is playing football doesn't mean he can make mistakes like the rest of us. I definately do not believe in kids doing anything illegal in the eyes of the NCAA. I'm not saying anything against article written about this. It's just the college football scene is no longer about the college football, but about the constant gossip going on everywhere. But as the world mvoes together into one connected blur 24/7, we move apart in the what makes the world great.


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