Cameron Magruder has a T-shirt-intensive job. When he sits down to film his humorous videos about sports fans watching games or tracking free agency chaos on social media, he plays every role himself, with each fan character in the appropriate shirt, be it North Texas or Yale.
Can one person really have so many T-shirts? “I have a lot of random T-shirts,” said Magruder, who is known as Scooter. “You’d be surprised.”
Magruder, 30, is one of many people making a living creating videos online. But he is one of the few with a depth of knowledge about sports and dedication to wearing the right shirt that have given him a cult following among fans.
His videos satirizing the sometimes passionate, sometimes angry, sometimes delusional overreacting fan have many millions of views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
In a yellow Los Angeles Lakers jersey: “I’ve been a Lakers fans since before Kobe Bryant. Since Magic Johnson. Was I alive? Don’t worry about that.”
In a yellow Kennesaw State shirt after a five-overtime game against Jacksonville State: “I can go to sleep now!”
After that Kennesaw State-Jacksonville State game unexpectedly entered the national conversation last month, Magruder remarkably turned up in the shirts of both teams for his weekly college football video. “I had to order them special,” he said.
But usually he is ready. “I looked at the cupcake teams on the schedule before the season and bought the T-shirts accordingly,” he said. “I bought Citadel two months in advance.” Sure enough, after Citadel played Alabama last month, and got off to a good start before being blown out, the shirt turned up in Magruder’s video. “We already won the game,” the blue-shirted Citadel fan boasts. “Being tied at halftime is a win for us.”
Magruder’s videos show fans of just about every team reacting to sports’ highs and lows. He has a knack for capturing the themes echoing around each fan base, like Central Florida proclaiming itself “defending national champions” and Golden State Warriors fans crowing after signing DeMarcus Cousins in free agency: “We’re playing chess, O.K. The whole league is playing checkers, but we’re out here playing chess.”
“I don’t really have to watch all the games. Not really,” Magruder said. “I’ll take notes. I’ll see what the upsets were, the close games. Watch the highlights.” The key is the reaction online: “I’ll read Twitter and Reddit forums to see what highlights won’t give you. Comments will help you, too.”
The results are videos with dozens of characters each perfectly expressing the anxieties and egotism of a relatable fan.
A Florida graduate and a Dallas Cowboys fan, Magruder pays particular attention to his favored teams, with regular videos of their own. But he makes it clear that the character he plays does not necessarily reflect his feeling about those teams.
“I’m just a mirror,” he said. “I’m only reflecting how fans feel.”
Yes, he sometimes yells about Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott — “A lot of Cowboys fans don’t like Dak” — but his feeling is that Prescott is ill-served by the team’s offensive plan.
His set is his living room in Orlando, Fla. It takes about 30 minutes for a friend to film him running through the day’s action. Then he will edit the video himself, taking about eight hours to get the quick cuts and music just right.
Magruder was trained as an actor but notes that acting jobs are few in Orlando. So he has carved out his own performing niche.
He expects to continue his college football satire beyond the regular season, notably for the bowl games. His nonsports videos include a response to the latest Avengers movie, with plans to do more movie and television reactions. He promises that “Game of Thrones” is coming.
Though the fans in Magruder’s videos have their own enthusiasms and pet peeves, there are common themes. More than almost any other outburst, Magruder can often be heard yelling, “These refs are trash.”
No matter what T-shirt he is wearing.