Video of local Bama fan goes viralPublished 1:44pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Chris Garnett had no idea the camera was rolling when Auburn pulled off a miraculous, last minute victory of SEC rival Georgia.
A week later, his reaction in the heat of the moment has gone viral after getting picked up by several Auburn football blogs and was even included in a fan reaction video by the Auburn Athletics Depart-ment. As of Friday, the video had 227,000 views.
Garnett, a huge Alabama fan, said the reason why he reacted the way he did is because the play directly affected Alabama’s SEC West standings.
“If Georgia had won that game, then Alabama would have clinched the SEC West and we would have been in the SEC Championship game,” said Garnett, a Hartselle businessman who co-owns Garnett’s Lawn Equipment. “If true Alabama and Auburn fans were honest with themselves, 90 percent of them would have had the same reaction.”
His wife, Amy, decided to turn the camera on her husband in the final seconds because she thought Auburn was going to lose and she wanted to get his reaction.
However, the outcome was unexpected.
“I kept watching the video, laughing at it every time,” Amy said. “I decided to put it on Facebook first. Everyone just thought it was funny. Some of them even said ‘Chris is going to kill you because you posted it.’”
The video “Bama fan reacts to Auburn’s miracle win” shows Chris going from elation to disbelief after Georgia nearly knocks a pass down from Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall but then winds up in the hands of Ricardo Louis, who scores the game-winning touchdown.
After leaping for joy after he thought the pass was incomplete, he suddenly changes to a state of shock, so much so that he falls back in his recliner and says, “Oh my God, how can you do that?”.
Amy, who is also an Alabama fan, said she showed Chris the video first before sharing it online. He said he didn’t like it at first, but after a few times, he started to see the humor of the moment.
She then posted it on YouTube and on her personal blog and the number of views just kept going up.
“I looked on there and saw that 1,000 people had seen it in like the first hour, then it was 10,000 and 50,000,” Amy said. “I had no idea it would be this popular. All the other videos I’ve posted have just maybe 12 or 14 views until this one.”
Chris said he was a little concerned about posting the video because of his business. He didn’t want to upset fans on either side of the rivalry.
However, it hasn’t affected business that much.
“The lawnmower I sold this week was to an Auburn fan,” he said.
While Chris didn’t want to give his prediction for the Iron Bowl, he does plan to keep things simple – but likely not quiet – for the big game.
“I just want to watch the game at home alone in my chair with no video cameras around,” Chris said.