The internet is unbelievable.
It gives us access to incredible amounts of information and front-door access to people, including celebrities.
One social media channel that offers live interaction in feedback is Periscope. Before Facebook Live launched, Periscope burst onto the scene in 2015 and allowed you to ask questions or share comments directly to people — you can see their reactions live! Wow.
So, I took to Periscope as user @treblaw earlier this summer and peppered athletes, celebrities, musicians and people best classified as “other” with questions Penn State fans have been asking all offseason:
- Do the Nittany Lions have a legit shot in the Big Ten East and the conference as a whole?
- Is Saquon Barkley a top-flight Heisman Trophy candidate?
- How will the 2016 special teams perform?
Following are the answers I gathered for our RLR readers. These are real questions and real responses. To the ‘scope!
When asked if Penn State would win the Big Ten this year, rapper Joe Budden wouldn’t answer. Budden also dodged a question about how many yards Saquon Barkley would rush for in 2016. Rather, Budden spoke at length about Usher while smoking a cigarette in front of approximately 950 live Periscope viewers.
Colman Domingo, who stars as Victor Strang on AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead, didn’t address special teams questions while dining on a rooftop with his co-stars Kim Dickens (aka Madison Clark) and Mercedes Mason (aka Ofelia Salazar). The trio took a break from Comic Con in San Diego. They were drinking pinot grigio.
I caught up with musical artist PnB Rock, whose name is an acronym for the corner of Pastorius and Baynton in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, as he vacationed in Puerto Rico. PnB couldn’t get out an answer for how many touchdowns Barkley would score in 2016 because he had a coughing attack. Hope his vacation went well.
Richard Rogers, lead anchor of NBC 12 in Augusta, Ga., was finalizing prep for his station’s post-Republican National Convention coverage. Penn State and the University of Georgia recently matched up in the TaxSlayer Bowl, and the two schools are competing for five-star running back recruit D’Andre Swift. When asked to assess coach James Franklin’s tenure at Penn State, Rogers responded, “James Franklin. Uh, I don’t know. Thanks for the follow.” Rick, thanks.
98 Degrees, performing live on its #My2KTour reunion jaunt around tiny music venues, didn’t answer specific offensive line questions. The choreography was outstanding, though; just like riding a bicycle, guys.
I asked Kansas City Royals all-star catcher Salvador Perez, at home cooking with his family, if Penn State would exceed 7.5 wins this season. Perez sounded like he said, “I don’t know.” However, he mumbled his response, so we’re scoring that as, ”Yes!”
Former pitcher and embattled broadcaster Curt Schilling, who was live on Periscope from his living room couch, sidestepped a question about how many games Penn State could win. Instead, Schilling addressed a question five seconds before mine (the toughest hitter he ever faced was Todd Helton) and then he described how he threw four-seam fastballs because he has large hands.
Character actor Chad Lindberg, who has appeared on Criminal Minds, NCIS, Major Crimes and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., didn’t talk about Nyeem Wartman-White’s return as a leader on Penn State’s defense. He did, however, discuss a paranormal television project he’s working on. Lindberg also was wearing what appeared to be a poop emoji hat.
Big and Rich
Big and Rich were warming up in their tour bus and therefore couldn’t answer my question about Barkley being a top-3 running back in the country. They sounded fine.
Jeff The Drunk
Jeff “The Drunk” Curro, a regular on The Howard Stern Show, had nothing to say about true freshman Michael Menet potentially getting a starting nod at guard. He then got up and walked away, revealing he wasn’t wearing slacks. This is getting odd.
ESPN announcer Dick Vitale, an avid Periscope user, was sitting outside a Florida restaurant signing books and accidentally announcing his cell phone number to Periscope viewers. Vitale loves talking sports and food and footwear, and he predicted the Nittany Lions will have a “good shot” in this year’s Big Ten. “James Franklin is going to do a good job,” Vitale said.
Vitale then went on to make a prediction about Barkley’s chances for the Heisman: “That kid down in Palo Alto, [running back Christian] McCaffrey, is going to be tough to beat.”
There you have it, friends: Deep preseason insight from across the Periscope landscape as the Penn State Nittany Lions inch closer to kickoff Sept. 3 against Kent State.