TEMPE (KNXV) — Arizona State's historic homecoming win against the Oregon Ducks was cause for major celebration, especially for the Student Section that rushed the field following the Sun Devil's 31-28 defeat of the Ducks.
But our sister station in Tempe, Ariz. reports one ASU fan (and employee) wasn't as enthused about students rushing the field: Groundskeeper Brian Johnson.
In a Tweet posted shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson made a deal with his Twitter followers in an attempt to keep them from rushing the field again.
"For all my Twitter followers, let’s make a deal," Johnson tweeted. "You never rush the field again AND I’ll paint a center logo next week that you’ll be talking about for years to come AND after every win vs ranked opponents you can come to my house on Sunday for unlimited jagermeister shots. Deal?"
For all my Twitter followers, let’s make a deal. You never rush the field again AND I’ll paint a center logo next week that you’ll be talking about for years to come AND after every win vs ranked opponents you can come to my house on Sunday for unlimited jagermeister shots. Deal? pic.twitter.com/KqaHmZBClF— Brian Johnson (@bermuda419s) November 24, 2019
Some replies to Johnson's tweet were enthusiastic with some people asking for Tequila or unlimited Ginger Ale, requests to which Johnson, albeit begrudgingly, agreed.
"I appreciate the sentiment but no deal," another fan replied.
One curious fan asked Johnson what he has to deal with every time students rush the field.
"Late in the season, especially on damp nights, it just tamps the grass down and prevents it from recovering quickly. Also I caught about a dozen people digging chunks of grass from the field, which isn’t good," Johnson replied.
Johnson's earnest and comedic request makes even more sense when you consider the groundskeeper and a large team spent the days before ASU's homecoming game drying up a drenched field following powerful storms that hit the Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday.