iPhone Users Can “Grunt” With Barrett RuudMay 16th, 2011
One reason Joe has never done the iPhone is that it was until recently an exclusive AT&T product. Joe has Verizon, has had Verizon for many years and is so pleased with Verizon was never moved to switch.
The second reason Joe has not done an iPhone is that Joe loathes touchscreens. Joe needs a keyboard. Until or unless Steve Jobs capitulates and builds a keyboard for his iPhone, Joe will stick with his trusty Blackberry.
(Post intermission: Memo to Blackberry: What the f’ gives? You forced an upgrade to Joe’s Blackberry software and now you take away columns from the internet browser? Ridiculous! Now Joe has to screw around with the zoom feature whenever he has to launch his browser, which is terribly cumbersome. NEVER fix something that’s not broken you flippin’ Canucks.)
So since Joe is so anti-iPhone (for now), it appears Joe won’t get to communicate with Bucs middle linebacker Barrett Ruud.
Per eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, former Bucs Ryan Nece and Jeb Terry have developed an iPhone app which will allow fans to chat — in “real-time” — to various players who have signed up for this app, which includes Ruud.
“I’m not a Facebook guy or a Twitter guy, but I thought this was a cool idea,” Ruud said. “It’s kind of like leaving voicemails for anyone who wants to listen. During the football season, when fans are really focused, they can get direct feedback from players. It could be a mid-week quote on the upcoming game or a grunt Sunday night about the game that was just played.”
Fans can download the app to their iOS device of choice, pick the players they want to follow and subscribe to the program.
“You’ve got to have a catchy name,” Ruud said of Gridiron Grunts. “At the same time, you don’t want people to think you’re a Neanderthal. I’m OK with ‘grunt,’ because we’re talking about short, quick messages.”
Joe can only imagine the possibilities that fans would have to chat with Ruud, or as Nece’s company calls it, “grunt.”
Shoot, there may not be a more polarizing figure on the Bucs other than perhaps troubled Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib than Ruud. If anything, this device should sure be lively.