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College of William & Mary sophomore shooting guard Connor Burchfield’s email in response to a generic ESPN birthday card caught the attention of the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports Wednesday.
When registering for an account on ESPN’s website, the site requires you to enter an email address and verify your birthday. On a reader’s birthday, ESPN will email an offer for one of ESPN’s many products and a cartoon meant to act as a birthday card.
Burchfield, whose birthday was Wednesday, received a promotional offer and a cartoon that read, “You may not be able to hit a contested three, but you’re still a first round pick in our book.”
That cartoon is not particularly accurate, as Burchfield finished with the highest 3-point percentage among qualified Division I college basketball players last season.
Burchfield, who came off the bench for the Tribe, made 40 of his 71 3-pointers, giving him a shooting percentage over 56 percent, which is six percentage points higher than Saint Mary’s Stefan Gonzalez, who had the second-highest 3-point percentage in the country.
Wanting to set the record straight, Burchfield sent a note to ESPN to let them know about their error.
“Thank you for the happy birthday wish. However, it seems as though you did not do your research when it comes to the statement you made. I am fully capable of hitting contested threes and actually did so at the best rate in all of college basketball,” the note read. “No hard feelings as I do appreciate the kind words and do hope to be a first round draft pick one day.”
In response to Burchfield’s note, ESPN’s Darren Rovell wrote a lighthearted article apologizing for the mix up. Burchfield’s email was also briefly mentioned by ESPN Contributor Sarina Morales on an episode of SportsCenterAM.
But it’s the thought that counts.