There was a scheduling mix up at Dee Ford’s office today, which meant that instead of having to be out showing property like all the other boring surveyors from Kent, Dee got to sit there in the middle of her coworkers and watch the uniquely American spectacle that is national signing day unfold (on mute) via the streaming video on AuburnTigers.com. And we’re all the better for it.
For the approximately 600 Auburn fans who have started following the 42-year-young Brit since her case of mistaken Twitter identity with that Dee Ford (first reported by TWER) earned her national blog buzz (CBS, Yahoo!, Fox), Ford’s latest, live-tweeted course in American football culture brought comic relief to the stressful annual dusting of the Auburn Athletic Department’s fax machine.
The nicknames were probably the best.
Auburn Sports Information Director Kirk Sampson was “Mr. White Shirt.” She gauged whether a big announcement was coming by whether “Mr. Blue Jumper” was doing stuff on his cell phone. And “Mr. Orange Jumper,” aka Dameyune Craig, even started following her on Twitter, much to her delight.
“oooh @CoachDCraig is following me,” Ford tweeted, early in the afternoon. “I don’t know you (yet) but you I think have an amazing team and the BEST fans. :)”
Craig wasn’t the only AU VIP following Ford’s national signing day timeline. Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs messaged Ford to let her know he was enjoying her commentary, and that the Auburn gear he promised to send her was mailed on Monday.
Ford’s signing day Twitticisms were so popular she was interviewed by WSFA out of Montgomery…
… who happened to call “the most unlikely of fans” while I was interviewing her via Skype. She ended her conversation with WSFA’s Sally Pitts with a “War Eagle” that didn’t make it to air.
Despite all of the LOLs, Ford, who in addition to watching the Super Bowl has been studying Auburn game film on YouTube, says she now considers herself a genuine football fan. She even tried her hand at recruiting analysis Wednesday.
Ford’s tweet about Auburn tight end signee Chris Laye elicited several responses, including one from Laye himself.
“I wanted to have a chat about Chris Laye,” Ford said. “I read his profile on Auburn Rivals. It’s not that complimentary. I want to make it a mission of mine to make Chris more popular.”
“Thank you all!” Laye replied to Ford and two other Auburn fans in a tweet. “I promise to do big things at Auburn and continue the tight end tradition.”
The tight end tradition was one of the topics she discussed with Pitts.
“The Auburn fans have been helping me all the time and don’t mind if I ask a really stupid question. Somebody had to explain to me what a tight end was,” Ford said during the interview for the three-minute segment that aired late Wednesday afternoon as part of WSFA’s signing day coverage.
“What did you think it meant,” Pitts asked, laughing.
“I didn’t dare ask,” Ford replied cheekily.
Related: Alter Dee-go: Case of mistaken Twitter identity leads British woman Dee Ford on journey of Auburn discovery.
* Auburn’s Miracle in Jordan-Hare highlighted on Today Show (maybe thanks to an Auburn grad in the control room)
* Miracle in Jordan-Hare shown in Williams-Brice Stadium during South Carolina-Florida game
* Bjork wrote a song about Auburn’s “Hey Day”
* John Travolta in an Auburn shirt
* The Auburn Eyefuls of 1952
* I Survived the Kopper Kettle Explosion and all I got was this t-shirt
* “Cougar Town” star gets Glom’ed
* Auburn-educated astronaut wanted ‘War Eagle’ to be first words on the moon
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Josh Stephens says
Someone needs to start a fund to get her a ride over the Atlantic and a game ticket next year.
I like how she’s already referring to Auburn as “we.”