UPDATED on 2-21-2012: Blankenship appears on the Today Show...
On his Twitter page, University of Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship says he's been "Publicly embarrassing myself since 1992."
Hey, if the kids of Jersey Shore can do it...why not Jack?
Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship has seen the giant heads that fans hold up at basketball games. Usually they're photos of celebrities or tributes to their team's players.
But he decided he knew a better way to distract opposing players.
"I thought it'd be cool to find a way to get a picture of myself and bring it to the games and hold it up," Blankenship said. And people noticed.
At his first game with the giant likeness, ESPN2 announcer Pam Ward highlighted Blankenship in the stands. "This guy ... who does that? I mean, who makes a picture of themselves?" Ward asked.
"My friends were calling me, saying I was on ESPN2," Blankenship said, excitedly. He popped up in other places. One screen grab from the game has attracted more than 680,000 views.
In only his second game on Tuesday night, he was captured by Birmingham News photographer Hal Yeager and was shown on the paper's website under the headline, "Is this the SEC basketball photo of the year?"
The facial expression that seems to stop everyone has its own name. It's called, amazingly enough, "The Face."