Unleash the Namoff, Via Tweets
D.C. United right back Bryan Namoff was at a Caps game this season when the team's "Unleash the Fury" video came up on the big screen. The fans went crazy, the way they always do, and Namoff suggested United employ a similar stunt, only with him ripping off his shirt and yelling "Unleash the Namoff!" A slogan was born.
Elsewhere on the site today, my colleague Steve Goff wrote about Namoff's increasing prominence on the field and in the locker room, but the unleashing is also happening online. When the team wanted to draft a player to join the masses of athletes streaming toward Twitter, Namoff was the natural selection.
"They wanted to punt me into the social pipeline," he observed with a grin. "They wanted me to become marketable, so that was the outlet they gave me."
* "Dinner at The Peacock Cafe in g-town. Never let the owner bring you the entire dessert menu to sample. Waddling myself to bed in agony."
* "I want my baby back baby back baby back - Going to Chili's and getting my first baby back ribs (barbecue sauce)"
* "Day after games is a triangular process - bed to fridge to couch, repeat process"
(I love Norman Chad, but I didn't love his recent column making fun of athletes who Twitter. All good writers know that they write too long. "The best sentence? The shortest," some wise guy once said.)
Many of Namoff's entries have focused on his meals -- "I eat a lot, and I think about food a lot," he admitted -- and relatively few have focused on soccer, but at least he's representing D.C. sports. Because, in an odd way, we're falling behind. After Gilbert Arenas and Chris Cooley were widely acknowledged as leading athlete bloggers, no big names have stepped forward on Twitter. Cooley has an account, but it goes silent for weeks at a time. Ted Leonsis has an account, but it merely auto-publishes his blog entries. At least two dozen NBA players have publicized their Tweeting, but none on the Wizards. So Namoff is the standard-bearer, and his teammates have embraced it. Sort of. Ok, not really.
"I don't understand Twitter," Ben Olsen said.
"I'm not a fan of him Twitting," Devon McTavish said.
"They're not fans, but they continue to go on, they continue to read my Tweets," Namoff noted.
I mentioned how Shaq had Tweeted at halftime, and asked Olsen whether he'd have any objections to that.
"Are you really asking me that?" Olsen replied. "Shaq can do anything he wants. Shaq's not Namoff."
"Namoff's not Shaq," the former pointed out.
"I'm sorry, you're not the Shaq of MLS," countered Olsen jokingly.
(This might be an appropriate time to encourage you to sign up for the DCSportsBog account. It's tons of fun, and not at all self-involved. Plus I have more followers than Namoff; "after this article, we'll have thousands," he promised.)
(I should also note that Namoff scoffed when I requested halftime updates. "Pffff," he said. "Yeah right." I guess MLS maintains a more serious halftime environment than the NBA.)
In any case, Namoff said most of his teammates don't know what Twitter is, and even those who do say they have no plans to join him in 140 characters.
"No, absolutely not," Chris Pontius said. But like Olsen and McTavish, the rookie nevertheless logs onto Namoff's feed, to see where the right back has eaten dinner or whatever else.
"Just because Unleash the Namoff is awesome," Pontius said.
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