You're saying this guy gets intense at sporting events? I don't believe it.
The hyperactive dad who cheers just a little too loudly at his kid's game is not a new phenomenon. What is new is taking that same dad and giving him a billion dollars, plus the reins to one of the world's biggest companies. And then having him accidentally spit on you.
Seth Kolloen at SunBreak knows what that's like. At last night's game between Lakeside and Rainier Beach, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (father of Lakeside guard Sam) sat down next to Kolloen. The ball was tipped. And that's when Kolloen says things got all Ballmery.
If you sit next to Steve Ballmer at a Lakeside basketball, you are going to get a little wet. And possibly go a little deaf. The man is not shy with the yelling.
I'm okay with that, because Ballmer is the best kind of parent rooter: He encouraged Lakeside's overmatched players from tip to buzzer, all the way through a 47-point loss. He laid off the referees. And he even cheered the (very many) exciting plays by Rainier Beach.
His high-energy rooting style--at times, his non-stop nervous rocking shook the bleacher bench we were sharing--made me wish heartily that he'd managed to purchase the Sonics. A courtside Ballmer would make notoriously excitable Dallas owner Mark Cuban look phlegmatic.
So, yeah, a few minutes into the game, something moves Ballmer to shout "Boom" (his favorite exclamation), and I suddenly feel a drop of wetness on my hand. Oh. That's Ballmer spit.
Little-known fact about Ballmer spit: It's the only spit that has its own sweat glands.