Tweets of the Week: 7/3/2012
Without a doubt, last week was one of the wildest weeks on Twitter in recent memory. From the NBA Draft and the incessant booing, to Wimbledon (my favorite tennis tournament) getting cranked up, to Euro 2012 coming to a close, and of course, CNN's enormous blunder regarding the SCOTUS decision upholding the health care mandate, we've got a little bit of everything on this edition of Tweets of the Week!
The NBA draft came and went last week, and if you like trades, and GM's just wheelin' and dealin' (David Khan, where for art thou?), this was not the draft for you. Very little activity in terms of big name players being moved. Most of the noise generated at the draft was from the audience relentlessly booing David Stern every time he walked to the podium. This provided some hilarious pauses from Stern that got longer each time he went to the podium, as he seemed to just soak up the boos like the perfect wrasslin' heel that he is. Twitter provided much of the rest of the comedy for the NBA draft, and if you're a Game of Thrones fan like myself, Luke Zimmerman easily had the best tweet out of all of them, as you'll see below.
There seems to be a recurring trend at Wimbledon lately of absurdly long five set matches, ever since Isner and Mahut took three days to finish their 11+ hour match two years ago. Not sure why that trend is happening, but @CelebrityHotTub (who if you aren't following, you aren't doing Twitter right) pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter perfectly. At any rate, the tennis so far this year has been tremendous, but shhhhh! Don't tell Darren Rovell, he still thinks tennis is a dying sport. Richard Deitsch, as you'll see below, absolutely eviscerates Rovell about his views on tennis (and his subsequent move back to ESPN).
Euro 2012 finished up with Spain crushing the Italians' remarkable run to the finals, but probably the most controversial moment of the tournament happened in Spain's semifinal match against Portugal that ended up going to penalties. In what has to be considered one of the biggest blunders in sports history, for some boneheaded reason, Portugal decided not to use Ronaldo, widely considered the best soccer player in the world. My only theory is that Portugal was planning to use Ronaldo last, but why on EARTH didn't they switch him to first, especially after Spain's first PK attempt was blocked, is absolutely baffling, and as you'll see in the GIF below from @SBNationGIF, Ronaldo was none too pleased.
The last (and certainly most embarrasing, if you're CNN) major storyline happened thanks in large part to CNN's enormous reporting gaff regarding the US Supreme Court's decision on President Obama's heathcare law. Someone at Ted Turner's network really wanted to get the jump on being the first network to report the SCOTUS decision, and amazingly, incorrectly reported that the healthcare mandate requiring all citizens to buy health insurance was ruled unconstitutional, when in fact, SCOTUS upheld nearly all of the entire heathcare law. This lead to an enormous amount of hilarity on Twitter, with people fake and mockingly RT'ing CNN (seriously, I could've done an entire post on just tweets from this story). Let's just say it's a good thing Will McEvoy doesn't work for CNN - that would've been one ugly episode of News Night.
Other quick hits from the past week:
- Katie Holmes is divorcing Tom Cruise. I mean, come on, who didn't see that coming? Both @Mengus22 and the Sklar Brothers hit 450ft home runs with their jokes about TomKat's impending divorce.
- Tiger Woods won for the third time this year, most of any player on tour. Is a major tournament victory around the corner? Seems to be the budding #narrative everyone's talking about. I for one certainly hope so - golf needs Sunday Tiger.
- Jose Canseco wants every one of his followers to know that he is the "Real Life Kenny Powers." I'd make a joke, but Canseco pretty much just did it for me.
- One of Michael Jordan's sons was arrested last week, and the mugshot is pretty spectacular. Check @TheSportsHernia below for the link.
- Finally, as if Sean Payton wasn't having a crappy enough year already, he and his wife are reportedly divorcing. As you'll see below, @FauxJohnMadden has a pretty solid reason as to why they're divorcing.
That's a wrap for this edition of the IHJJR Tweets of the Week! Got a nomination? Send me (@thrillis4) a tweet/DM with the hashtag #IHJJRTweetsOfTheWeek or #IHJJRTOTW. Enjoy everybody!
BERMAN RANT. deadspin.com/5921709/heres-…— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) June 27, 2012
Ronaldo needs the 'Good Job, Good Effort' kid right about now.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) June 27, 2012
U mad, Ronaldo? bit.ly/MX9CBD— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) June 27, 2012
Here's Mike Trout jumping off a trampoline to rob a HR: bit.ly/MqTNbp— Steven (@akulawolf) June 28, 2012
Good effort, good job CNN.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 28, 2012
#CNNHeadlines Identity of Luke Skywalker's Father Remains Mystery.— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) June 28, 2012
A very important Super Mario fist-pump GIF. bit.ly/L5fIWA— SB Nation (@sbnation) June 28, 2012
Still can't believe Nadal lost to App State.— edsbs (@edsbs) June 28, 2012
Once again, @darrenrovell, you said tennis is in real trouble in U.S.Just highlighting that you'll soon join the network of real trouble.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 28, 2012
Shit, tennis. I can't even play Monopoly for five hours without getting worn out.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) June 30, 2012
Serena's hair is brought to you by Sideshow Bob.— Alex Y. (@extramediumAlex) June 30, 2012
Lillard is the first player drafted for whom an NBA salary will actually be more money than he was making in college.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 29, 2012
Milwaukee gets themselves a wacky crazy inflatable waving arm man.— Paul Friedlander (@PFRIED910) June 29, 2012
"Daa-white Howard" - Chris Broussard— Sherrell D. McMillan (@rellevent21) June 29, 2012
Were fab melo's highlights at 100% speed? Good grief that guy is slow.He looks like Ed Geth.— Penn Holderness (@PennNBC17) June 29, 2012
Adam Silver is here to welcome us to the House of the Undying.— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) June 29, 2012
Really neat moment there, seeing #FSU forward Bernard James being drafted. Great guy. Amazing story. Three tours of duty in war.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) June 29, 2012
Tom Cruise is leaving Katie Holmes for the Big 12.— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) June 29, 2012
Anyone who's shocked by the Holmes/Cruise split should just look at her numbers this year. It was clear she was in a contract year.— The Sklar Brothers (@SklarBrothers) June 30, 2012
This is the craziest hit we've ever seen. It defies physics, if you're wondering. sportsgrid.com/martl— SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) June 30, 2012
Shoutout to the genius that came up with the sundress and cowboy boots combo. You deserve a nobel prize.— BurritoBrosShits (@BurritoBrosShit) June 30, 2012
Wait, Pitbull has a twitter? [filer author: pitbull] [filter source: pitbull] [filter words/phrases: daleeeee; let's have a real good time]— Ben Kercheval (@CFTBenKercheval) June 30, 2012
I love “Home Alone” as much as the next guy. Iconic, classic, etc. But how did Macaulay Culkin date Mila Kunis for 8 yrs? #unsolvedmysteries— Bill Voth (@billvoth) July 1, 2012
The Black Falcon brand should include the disclaimer: 'Kendall Marshall not included'— Joe Giglio (@jpgiglio) July 1, 2012
If we all stop watching and talking about Skip Bayless, he will go away.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) June 29, 2012
Good stat. RT @Rosenberg_Mike Since his car accident, Tiger Woods has now won as many tournaments (3) as Phil Mickelson.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 1, 2012
So, Les Miles in the NCAA 2013 ad does not disappoint. youtu.be/qAiPqZHNT4g— Landon Howell (@landonhowell) July 2, 2012
I am the real life Kenny powers. Don't u all forget— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 2, 2012
Sean Payton suspended a year = more time spent at home = divorce.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) July 2, 2012
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