It’s Alabama, so I can’t say I’m completely surprised by this. In fact, when you think about it, the candidacy of Mark Townsend for U. S. Senate is probably inevitable.
Make that Mark “No NCAA” Townsend, please. He’s actually going to be listed on the ballot like that, so why not?
… Townsend ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 using the nickname “Rodeo Clown.” He’s a truck driver, not a rodeo clown, but the nickname apparently got voters’ attention.
He finished third in a five-candidate field.
This time around he chose “No NCAA.”
It’s more fitting because he sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2001 over a variety of factors, including sanctions it imposed against the football programs at Auburn University and the University of Alabama. He didn’t get anywhere in federal court.
He’s also complained about the NCAA football telecasts not showing college bands playing the national anthem before the games or performing at halftime.
“I believe the National Collegiate Athletic Association is the devil’s pitch fork,” he said in a campaign announcement.
If you have a few minutes to spare, wander over to Townsend’s website and take a gander there. There’s a lot you didn’t know, I’ll bet.
Plus, the guy looks like he was separated at birth…
from Walter Sobchak of The Big Lebowski fame.
(big h/t Capstone Report)