Things aren’t going well for Florida State against Clemson. The Tigers are putting the hammer down and blowing out the Noles in Tallahassee in a way seldom seen. But one fan has better things to do than watch his team get whooped because he’s enjoying a good book in the stands.
And by the time the game was over he even had some friends join him.
This broadcast is pure gold pic.twitter.com/ICkKI43ifL— SHAKIN THE SOUTHLAND (@STSouthland) October 27, 2018
For those wondering, it appears the fiction book Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
The Athletic’s Tashan Reed interviewed the man, an FSU professor named Bruce Thyer:
Thyer went to the game with his 18-year-old daughter, who’s a sophomore at Florida State, and four of her girlfriends. They originally were seated on the shadier, cooler west side of the stadium, but the women left at halftime after the Seminoles fell behind 28-0. Thyer decided to move to the other side.
“I was cold sitting over there,” Thyer said. “I took my shirt off to get some sun. There aren’t going to be many days like this anymore this fall. I came over here to sit in the sun. We were so far behind I started reading my little book.”
A synopsis for the book shows that it’s definitely a light read for a nice Saturday afternoon.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.
But because Flynn is is a critically acclaimed author, that book’s definitely more compelling than what was happening on the field in Clemson’s 59-10 win.