Social Media Star?

June 13th, 2016
Already pounding the keyboard for the four-letter.

Already pounding the keyboard for the four-letter.

First, Joe wants to congratulate local Bucs reporter Jenna Laine. She secured the too-long-vacant opening of Bucs correspondent with the four-letter.

This is a huge coup for Laine, who works hard and is a helluva nice person. Well done, Jenna.

However, Laine must know working now for the four-letter means Joe will monitor her (hard) work regularly. One of her opening assignments for BSPN was to pick a Tampa Bay social media star, as BSPN is featuring one for each NFL team. Laine went with… Donovan Smith.

Smith doesn’t have nearly the Twitter followings of Jameis Winston (245,000) or Gerald McCoy (67,300), but there’s never a dull moment with the second-year starting left tackle. He Periscopes team paintball outings, Snapchats his grandmother dancing to Plies while cooking breakfast and tweets post-practice dance sessions in the locker room (see below). And while he’s not a player, GM Jason Licht deserves some love too. He follows back and retweets fans. He posts photos from fishing trips with son Charlie and daughter Zoe’s dance recitals. Most importantly, there’s a tradition he started called #SiegeThePool. After wins, he jumps into his pool with his kids while wearing a suit. He even got director of football operations Shelton Quarles and now-Titans GM Jon Robinson in on the action.

Joe will quibble here.

Smith is not a bad choice (Joe must confess he doesn’t Snapchat. Can’t find a reason why Snapchat is an asset [yet].) The Periscope Smith shared of him and America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and Ali Marpet cruising to Orlando was quality stuff. The paintball video was well done. But after last week when Tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins went mental on Twitter, how could he not be the social media star of the Bucs?

To Joe, that is a no-brainer. While what ASJ did was downright dumb, it was, well, entertaining in a trainwreck sort of way.

Joe is going to guess Laine filed her assignment before ASJ wigged out.

14 Responses to “Social Media Star?”

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    ASJ would disagree!

  2. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Actually, we all know Miko is the social media star of the Buccaneers…

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    good for jenna….GO BUCS!!!!

  4. salish_seamonster Says:

    ASJ is a social media star in the same way #DumpsterFireDonald (Trump) is… As in just shut up already.

  5. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Good for Jenna, now someone need to pickup Emily Austen.

  6. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    ASJ: America’s social media star!

  7. unbelievable Says:

    Congrats to Jenna, I think we will finally get some decent Bucs coverage over at the 4 letter word!

    Re: ASJ, his antics don’t make him a social media star. More like a prime example of how to not act on social media, especially when you are a (semi-) public figure.

  8. @Hands2theface Says:

    Frankly, I’m surprised they (BSPN) didn’t mandate her to somehow, someway, come up with a social media star of the Bucs, they could then use to somehow use to force Lebron James down our throats some more. #6degreesofLebronJames

  9. dooshlarue Says:

    Do not zoom in on that picture!

  10. Tom S. Says:

    Congrats to Jenna for working her way up and plugging away at the Bucs beat. I remember her reports from when she was part of PR.

    While Joe is technically correct, ASJ is a social media star in the same way Johnny Rehab is an NFL star. Infamous more than merely famous. If I’m the Bucs the less talk about our 2nd round backup tight end the better.

    Maybe Jenna ruled ASJ out because she was looking at people who have a meaningful role with the franchise on game days?

  11. pick6 Says:

    the word “star” might be a stretch applied to ASJ. Social media spectacle, perhaps. Donovan Smith looks to be a long term starter and a guy who will tweet\snapchat\etc as a buccaneer for years, while ASJ might be the latest export to Camp Belichick for some measly late round pick if the kid can’t dislodge his head from a place that makes it impossible to play football properly this preseason

  12. Trubucfan22 Says:

    This is obviously a positive article. It wasnt meant to be “who is the biggest idiot on twitter”.

  13. salish_seamonster Says:

    Trubucfan22 Says:
    June 13th, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This is obviously a positive article. It wasnt meant to be “who is the biggest idiot on twitter”.

    Because the obvious answer to that question is #DumpsterFireDon #TheHumanAtrocity #FoekfaceVonClownstick #DerangedDonald

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The idea is to name a STAR, not a numbskull.

    ASJ was doing a stupid thing…and I hope he’s smart enough to learn from it. Certainly, he doesn’t deserve to be a “star” because of his behavior.