Devin Gardner Is Receiving Lots of Hate Mail, Tweets From "Passionate" Michigan Fans

November 13, 2013 at 1:42p    by DJ Byrnes    
Still better than the Brandon Weeden scoop INT.

From The Detroit News:

"When you play well, everybody loves you, and when you don't, I don't know if you want to say (they) hate you -- I got a lot of hate mail," Gardner said. "It comes with the territory.

“And I try my best to explain to the young guys so they don't get frustrated. I feel like they've understood, like, ‘Wow, maybe it's just about us, no matter what anybody else says -- good or bad -- it's about us because they'll love you and hate you.’”

Gardner said he has experienced most of the negativity via Twitter. "(I've received) tweets and stuff like that – just (saying) they hate me," Gardner said, before breaking out into a grin. "That's OK, I still love you guys."

Credit to Gardner for taking the high road on the anonymous trolls. And to those of you going out of your way to shit on a 21-year-old kid: you're telling on the state of your life. 



Maestro's picture

Crimes of passion.

vacuuming sucks

GoBucks713's picture

I'd never done a crazy thing in my life before that night. Why is it that if a man kills another man in battle, it's called heroic, yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it's called murder?
Glen, Manager of Stan Makita's

-The Aristocrats!

Unky Buck's picture

You know, if you stab a man in the dead of winter, steam will rise up from the wounds. Indians believed it was his soul escaping from his body.


Oyster's picture

Is it wrong that I pictured John Candy telling this, in a cabin in the woods, along with a story about a bald bear?

Unky Buck's picture

Depends...would he tell this before or after eating the Old 96'er?


GoBucks713's picture

If we could get a dessert in him, do you think we could get some shirts and hats for the kids?

-The Aristocrats!

hodge's picture

I'd probably be banned if I spoke my mind on how I feel about the lowlifes that do this shit.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

No doubt it would be the most well said blaze of glory in 11W history though.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't know, man...OSU4LIFE set the bar pretty high

Class of 2010.

OSU_undergrad's picture

That shit was awesome...did he ever come back?

gumtape's picture

Hodge, are you okay? Why are you holding back?

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

OSUStu's picture

No kidding.  If you are a fan that takes the time to write hate mail (or hate tweet since people don't actually mail letters anymore), then you are a goddamn loser.  Point blank.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

otrain2416's picture

Hiding behind your twitter account and calling a young kid out is a real mans way of handling things

Poison nuts's picture

I don't know Hodge, I mean...I'll go ahead & call those people some of the lowest forms of fecal digesting morons who should probably be forced to take a test before being allowed to mingle with the rest of humanity & hope for the best in regards to my current status here at 11W...but yeah, I too would like to use much harsher words than that.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Squirrel Master's picture

or lack of...

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

mh277907's picture

I remember OSU fans doing this to Ryan Hamby. People are so frickin stupid sometimes.


osu07asu10's picture

Ryan Hamby's less than sure handed moment of "glory" pre-dated twitter...
and thankfully for Hamby's sake!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

kevinfrenchfry's picture

def agree with your opinion, but o ryan hamby....

BuckeyeVet's picture

Jackasses. Here's a 21 year old kid playing his heart out for "your" team, getting pounded weekly, and you shit on him? Gardner has more class in his little finger than they do together.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 

gwalther's picture

"Hey Gatsby Gardner - you're worth more than the whole lot of them!" -Nick Carraway
Nick was always glad he said that.

Class of 2008

FROMTHE18's picture

I think OSU fans should send some love mail to him, after all, he may be our favorite player in a couple weeks.

AndyVance's picture

Actually, that happened to former M*ch*g*n kicker Mike Lantry after he missed the game-winning field goal in the 1974 edition of The Game in Columbus (some would say he actually made the kick, and the refs blew the call). Lantry received an avalanche of support from both sides, particularly because of the striking image of a disconsolate Lantry walking back to the sidelines, alone, with not so much as a word or second glance from his teammates.
Author Michael Rosenberg pens a particularly interesting passage about the story and the piles of letters Lantry received from Ohio State fans (supportive, not mocking) in the wake of that game in his 2008 book War As They Knew It about Woody and Bo and the Ten Year War.

Young_Turk's picture

Great reference Andy,
Also, here's a link to a profile on Lantry the B1G network did.
My band-wagon (recently) has been friendly-fire in the form of jokes.  I see that everybody here agree's the haters are a$$es.  Now, lets grey it up a little.  What about the jokes that belittle the whole career of a player.

40 Degrees North's picture

I was born in the 80's. In reading about Mike Lantry, I saw he served in Vietnam. He is a great American. Woody Hayes would say he is a great American. 
And I hate that state up north......

nfischer's picture

Like the continual, relentless abuse of Bauserman?  That's a great point.

FitzBuck's picture

This also gave birth to my favorite Dead Schembecklers song "wide left: the ballet of Mike Lantry". 


Toledo - Ohio's right armpit 

"A troll by any other name is still a troll". 


MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Actually, that's an awesome idea.

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987

Kaceybrown's picture

The only thing I don't like about the M*chigan game 17 days away is it means the end of the regular season is 17 days away. 

vtbuckeye's picture

I wonder if he ever thought of retweeting/forwarding the emails to his coaching staff or to the members of the OL with the tag line of "These were sent to the wrong person.  I believe these messages were meant for you."

M Man's picture

Idiotic Michigan fans Tweeting hate-mail to Devin Gardner...
Idiotic Ohio State fans tweeting recruiting contacts to Jabrill Peppers...
Idiotic players from every school Tweeting inappropriate trashtalk, inappropriate injury info, inappropriate pictures of their junk, etc., etc. ...
University athletic departments paying bills to professional monitoring-service contractors in the hundreds of thousands, to monitor student-athletes' social media...
Does anything ever happen on Twitter that is good for college football?

Doc's picture

Does anything ever happen on twitter that is good. There I fixed it for ya MMAN

"Say my name."

M Man's picture

I think a lot of people up here in the north think that Bo Schembechler invented the truism, "Nothing good ever happens after midnight."  I am quite sure Bo does not deserve that particular credit; but it would be a good truism nowadays for Twitter.
1 more sticker for you.

CowCat's picture

Jim Tressel advised his players that nothing good happens after 10pm.
Another win for Ohio State!!
Kidding of course. Urban probably believes nothing good happens off the practice field. Lol.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

buckskin's picture

He got that from Woody.

Denny's picture

Does anything ever happen on Twitter that is good for college football?

I learned how to use my kettle grill as a smoker through Twitter, which is good for college football season, so I guess I'm saying it's a stretch but tangential benefits can be dreamed up.


M Man's picture

That one also gets you a helmet sticker.

buckeyedude's picture

Hey Denny, couldn't you just have Googled it?


Denny's picture

Hey Buckeyedude, considering the fact that I didn't even know about the possibility of using the kettle as a smoker before reading about it on Twitter, no.


rdubs's picture

Coach Coombs' hashtags are pretty good for college football too!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Does anything ever happen on Twitter that is good for college football?


"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987

FloridaBuck's picture

This is not steensn approved.

Oyster's picture

steensn is not here!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That's what he wants us to think.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

cronimi's picture

I didn't need Twitter to find them, just the internet. But that said, well done, good sir. Oregon's FB recruiting is perennially overshadowed by their cheerleader recruiting. Outstanding!!

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Hope this doesn't start Bassdropper vs. Katzfan, round 2.

Embrace it.

Lawver_5's picture

This could get interesting..
*grabs popcorn*

Poison nuts's picture

Yummmm, popcorn!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Hovenaut's picture

I (really) think those two are separated for an indefinite period of time.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

ScarletGray43157's picture

Twitter is making people less literate and less polite and respectful, 140 characters at a time.  I can't seem to express ides in less than 140 characters so I won't be getting a Twitter account anytime soon, but at the same time I won't condemn anyone who has one.  Still, it is stunting human communication, IMHO.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Toolface4's picture

I got extra credit for creating a twitter in college. Think i used it once to yell at Ozzie Guillen, dont remember my name though

brandonbauer87's picture

Pure Michigan Class. 

BTBuckeye's picture

Props to Gardener. Don't worry about the HATIN' A$$ SPURRIER's of the world.

Unky Buck's picture

And to those of you going out of your way to shit on a 21-year-old kid: you're telling on the state of your life.

Could not agree more...


tennbuckeye19's picture

All these damn twits twittering tweets where they shouldn't be tweetering.

Hovenaut's picture

Yesterday I read about a pissionate M...gian fan.
*cue best Lombardi voice* 
"What the hell is going on around here?"

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Hovenaut's picture

Tks AV - Nothing like hearing it from the man himself. 

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

gobucks96's picture

Not that I condone what he has endured, but he didn't seem to mind taking a shot at OSU back in his recruitment when he burned the offer letter via twitter.

skid21's picture

Not to get technical but it was an camp invite, not an offer letter. I don't believe Gardner was ever offered by OSU.

TMac's picture

Stay Classy Twits. Hopefully m*ch*gan doesn't figure out Al Borges and Darrell Funk's role in DG running for his life.....

Brent Clay's picture

I like Gardner.
     I was really hoping for him to have a better season than he has had!  I love my Buckeyes and love to see Michigan lose, however, for our BIG 10 to gain respect and get recognized has a tough conference (like we use to be)  We need Michigan to be just as tough as we are! 
Imagine if Michigan, TOSU, Wiscy, Mich St., Penn St., Nebraska, started dominating all non-conference games and Bowl Games!  BIG 10 would be looked at more seriously.
Hell, who knows, maybe Minnesota is willing to step up and be one of them to be included!
But back to this Gardner kid, he has talent and seems like he has a good head on his shoulders, its a shame that people forget he is human and still a kid!!!   The internet world is destroying a lot of integrity in this world. (Kids these days do not understand what integrity is)
Gardner is just a kid who made a bad choice in choosing Michigan!  LOL  :)
Hey, we all make mistakes at a young age, right? In all seriousness I hope this kid turns things around and can win the rest of his games.... Except against us.
Go Bucks!

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Agreed. I am also a huge fan of gardner.
I really like it when he improvises and tries to do some kind of johnny manziel impersonation and just blindly lobs the ball in the general vicinity of 1 WR and 6 defensive players. That's when he is at his best IMO!

BierStube's picture

Maybe I am just out of touch with the times.  I don't tweet ... heck the whole thought of it sounds less than masculine to me.  I cannot pretend I understand what a teenager, 20 somethings, or even 30 somethings faces on a day to day basis from modern social protocol.  So I won't.  That being said, I do find the thought of twitter very intrusive and very impersonal.  What ever happened to sitting down with someone, having the beverage of your choice, and ending the conversation with a good hearty handshake?  (I do realize the irony of posting this on a social forum!)  That being said, this forum is a bit different than twitter.  We have great thinkers, comedians, Debbie downers, poets, fanatics, realists ..etc.  Bottom line, this is a community with folks from all walks of life.  The members of this forum are a nice cross section of society in general.  I just don't see where twitter or tweeting affords any user a similar sense of community.  Maybe is it a rush to know you are following some of the greatest athletes or actors of a given generation, but do they really know who you are and are conversations meaningful?  I do feel for the kids of today (as well as my own) having to deal with things I really don't understand and probably never will.  In closing, I find twitter to be the modern day version of a beat-up panel van cruising thru the neighborhood. 
Maybe someone will explain the fascination of twitter to me but from the many threads I have seen concerning the subject I doubt my mind will change.  Then again, I use to hate e-mail too!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

razrback16's picture

Gardner is handling things well with those kinds of people. They really need to get a life if they feel like they have to bash a kid who is going out there playing his best. It's already hard to play QB and even harder to play QB in Division I FBS football. And then factor in playing QB without an offensive line to protect you. Holy crap, talk about being setup to fail.

Sean N's picture

Something's fishy with this story. My best hypothesis is that these tweets are actually coming from Buckeye fans or Spartans fans or some much less classy fanbase. I only know that Michigan Men wouldn't stoop to such behavior.
Keep your head up, Devin, and endure. Soon you'll have your diploma from the University of Michigan and be off to your high class, jet-set lifestyle of wine and cheese and tastefully decorated homes that awaits all UM alumni.

Oyster's picture

Are your favorite colors sun and blue?

d5k's picture

Did you really need the italics to detect his sarcasm?
Judging by the DV's you aren't the only sarcasm detection fail.

Oyster's picture

I'm probably one of the most sarcastic people on this forum, and I never use a 'font', good sarcasm doesn't need it.  However, most sarcasm is not two paragraphs either.  It's quick, it bites and it leaves.

4thandinches's picture

Good sarcasm doesn't need it is correct.
The problem lies with the people reading it. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

Are your favorite colors sun and blue?

This could also be taken a sarcasm...
You clearly didn't detect it.

Fuck m*ch*gan! That is all.

Beat Meatchicken's picture

Why doesn't Gardner burn the hate mail like he did with his mail from The Ohio State University? 17 days! 

Buckman's picture

A lot of you were shitting on Bauserman the same way.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


allbucksallthetime's picture

Those were my exact thoughts as I was reading through these posts.  That said, from all accounts Devin Gardner is a great young man and student-athlete.  He appears to be handling the 'hate' well.  One has to wonder why anyone should have to endure abuse most likely doled out by those unable, at any point in their own athletic careers, to do what he does.  Go Bucks!

avail31678's picture

The same way?  Really?  Did people really tweet Bauserman and say they hate him?

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Why do people do this?  I get that he's had a tough year, and I hate TTUN and still wouldn't tweet him.  However, people need something better to do with their lives.  If your team is playing shit football, go outside or clean the house or something.

Class of 2010.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Hate mail and hate tweets are awesome! If I didn't receive hate mail and hate tweets, I wouldn't receive anything. --------------Tommy Rees

Oldschoolbuck's picture

I guess it's Gardner's fault that he stepped up to play QB because his team needed him, when he could have (probably) been a pretty decent wideout; it's his fault that his O line couldn't protect him if they had M1A1 Abrams tanks; it's his fault that his OC is clueless when it comes to devising a game plan, let alone making in-game adjustments; it's Gardner's fault his position coach is so incompetent he would have taken Tom Brady and turned him into Brandon Weeden; it's his fault that his HC is a complete moron who can't string two coherent sentences together, doesn't seem to communicate with the press box or the coaches on the sideline during a game, and looks as lost as a calf staring at a new gate...
Yeah, Gardner is the reason scUM is falling apart like a tent in a tornado.

theDuke's picture

What's a "tweeter"?
I only know know Skull Sessions, Forum Topics and upvotin' Helmet Stickers...


J.Mo's picture

Twitter is both great and terrible at the same time. If only idiots who don't use Twitter properly weren't allowed to tweet. 

brandonbauer87's picture

The same could be said for driving and reproducing. 

cronimi's picture

And in that case, there'd be no bumper-to-bumper traffic, humanity would be threatened with extinction, and Twitter would have folded years ago.

Earle's picture

That sounds really dangerous to me.  I mean, it's bad enough that people text while driving...

Italics are for emphasis; an ellipsis represents an unfinished thought.

brandonbauer87's picture

Touché. Thank you for exploiting my grammatical snafu. 

Nick's picture

He can find solace in the fact that Buckeye fans might love him right now. Maybe "love" for comedic value but love is love, right?

BrewstersMillions's picture

I really really really hate it when fans interject themselves into something they are not a part of. If Devin Gardner's play on the field-and as a result Michigan's-is having that much of a detriment on your life, than perhaps you should check your priorities. If an 18 year old chooses to rent himself out to a rival football warlord for 3 years instead of the football warlord you cheer for on Saturday's and you attack him via the internet, perhaps you should take a look at what you are doing with your life.
College fans nationwide, please take notice-We are nothing more than people who cheer for kids who play and grown men who coach a childs game. That is all football is. It is a game we played growing up that some people are blessed to be really really good at. When they are not as good as others, it doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. If one player specifically is struggling, threatening to kill him doesn't undo his poor performance, nor does it have a direct affect on his future play. You aren't part of the team. You have nothing to do with their success on the recruiting trail or field of play.
Devin's an ok dude in my book for taking the high road.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

buckguyfan1's picture

Bosa and Spence will give him a big hug in a few weeks....   not being sarcastic either

kholmes's picture

The Michigan student newspaper published a collection of the negative tweets that Gardner has received.

pod2dawg's picture

I'm thinking Gardner should "tweet" that idiot an invite to come block for him.
Or a better plan might be to arrange for the "Duck" cheerleaders to distract the opposing defense with a sideline dance....SHAZAAAAAM!!!!....that is some serious HEAT!