Serious sports fans around the country know their sports inside and out. As dedicated fans they have acquired a knowledge base and experience level that surpasses many of the professionals in the game. Just ask them if you don’t believe it. Yet these sports fans rarely get the attention and recognition they deserve from the franchises they follow or from their respective leagues. One fan has decided to change all that.
Jim Stanenbaum has created the Fans Up to speed on Concepts, having Knowledge & Yearning for Owners to Understand them (FUCKYOU) Association. This group started in Jim’s garage, but has grown to encompass members across the United States, mostly also in their garages, but some in their dens and others in their Man Caves. They communicate mostly via email, but in the last few seasons, Twitter has been their modus operandi. “We’re really just trying to get the attention of ownership to show how much we can help them. Once they see we know more than most of their scouts, coaches and managers, they’ll certainly show us the respect we deserve and include us in important decisions,” says Jim.
Bob Newberry adds “During the ALCS last year, I tweeted that Girardi needed to take Sabathia out as his fastball looked flat and he couldn’t throw his breaking ball for strikes. Sure enough, two innings later Sabathia gave up a 3-run bomb to Josh Hamilton.” Bob’s cousin Ralph remembers that tweet and printed it to mail to Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “Bobby is like a Houdini or something with this stuff. He like knows stuff is going to happen.”
Jim says FUCKYOU members demonstrate their knowledge on a daily basis on Fantasy Leagues in every major sport. Each member also has a Sports Blog which they update daily with scores, highlights, and every stupid decision the coaching staff made that cost them the game. Todd Blunett wrote an expansive piece covering Brett Favre’s “retirement” this past off-season and totally predicted Favre would play. Sure enough, Todd was right. “After following Brett’s career since Southern Miss, I know what the man has for breakfast. ”
FUCKYOU is preparing a presentation they plan to take on the road as they try to get in to see owners of sports franchises across the country. “We’d like to get in to see the owners right away, but we realize we may have to get their attention first so we’ll start by tailgating and running our DVD and Powerpoint Presentation out of the back of Johnny’s F250 on Billy’s flat screen plasma TV. Joey’s got a couple of Honda Generators that will allow us to run the presentation even if we end up in Double Overtime.”
”We think FUCKYOU can add real value before drafts, certainly before any Free Agent signings, and hiring and firing of coaching staffs. We’d like to work our way up to live Tweeting game strategy directly to the coaches, but we realize that’s probably a bit down the road,” says Jim. “But, we think having a vote in MVP, Rookie of the Year and especially Manager of the Year awards is a must.”