Young Utah State fan gets unexpected celebrity from April Fool's Day video
Nikki Ekstrom quickly learned how quickly word gets around on the internet - or at least how quickly videos get around.
She posted a video Monday evening, just a 45-second clip of her son's reaction to an April Fool's Day joke. The next day, she was flooded by texts, messages and even media inquiries.
Who was this kid, the strangers asked. What was his story?
"We weren't expecting this at all," Ekstrom said. "It's kind of crazy."
For the last few days, the video of Colin Ekstrom, her 7-year-old son has been making the rounds in Logan. The video shows his less-than-enthusiastic reaction to a prank put on by Cache Valley Daily about the LDS Church buying Utah State and renaming it to BYU-Logan.
Ekstrom saw the story in the oral surgery office where she works, shown to her by one of the surgeons who is a BYU fan.
The Ekstrom family lives in Logan, and they are season ticket-holders to Aggie athletic events. She thought it might be fun to pull the joke on her son. At first, his reaction was relatively restrained. Then she turned on a camera.
"I don't want to be BYU," her son says in the video. "I hate BYU!"
After less than a minute, she turned the camera off to console the distressed young Aggies fan.
"I didn't anticipate him getting that upset," Ekstrom said. "In that first 30 seconds before I recorded, he wasn't as upset as he eventually got. Even after I told him it was a joke, he was still trying to make sure it wasn't true. He was still kind of worried."
As a result, Colin Ekstrom has gotten a bit of unexpected celebrity. He was on the radio on KVNU 610 Tuesday, and he got a gift card to Locker 42, a Utah State apparel store. His mom said he wants to get a poster with the updated Romney Stadium on it.
She's also heard that some football players want to meet him. Colin's favorite Aggie is Chuckie Keeton.
The interesting thing is that it turns out that Colin Ekstrom wasn't the only child fan fooled - there's been another video posted of a 5-year-old having a similar negative reaction to the prank.
Fortunately for them, when they get to football games this fall, they'll find that very little has changed about the team they love.
- Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon