After Dexter Strickland said some things about N.C. State before the season you know, about how the Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack every single year (and that has, in fact, been true for a while) he told me during an interview that hed been hearing just about every day from one N.C. State fan who sends Strickland messages on Twitter, counting down the days to Saturday, when the Wolfpack and Tar Heels play at PNC Arena.
I spoke with Strickland the other night after UNCs victory against Georgia Tech, and he said that same fan had continued to send him tweet after tweet (most of them, it turns out, taking shots at Stricklands jumpshot). That N.C. State fan is Ryan Forcina, and the majority of his tweets, going back to October, have been directed at Strickland.
Forcina deserves some credit for his relentlessness. It cant be easy to talk smack day after day after day. He even managed to wish Strickland a happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, all the while making fun of Stricklands jump shot or, in the case of one tweet, writing simply, Youre a scrub, bro. I've reached out to Forcina but haven't heard back.
Of course, Strickland deserves some credit, too, for being a good sport. He told me he hasnt even blocked Forcina.
Anyway, heres what Strickland has been hearing from this guy for the past two months. This list doesnt include every tweet, but most of them:
I still want you in that shooting contest @dstrick01 #48 days— Ryan Forcina (@rmforcin) December 9, 2012
@dstrick01 theres a turd in the punch bowl #65 days— Ryan Forcina (@rmforcin) November 24, 2012