Tweets of the Week: 8/15/2012
The London Olympics have unfortunately finally come to a close, and with it marks the end of an unbelievable fortnight for Twitter. As many have mentioned, the "Twitter Olympics" fully lived up to its nickname. But with the end of the Olympics, comes the beginning of football, and boy did some stories set the Twittersphere on its side this week.
For ESPN, the end of the Olympics meant it was time to ramp up their ZOMG IT'S TIM TEBOW coverage to ludicrous levels. They've had reporters at the Jets training camp for crying out loud. Just pure absurdity. Their level of obsession with Tim Tebow is baffling - I honestly cannot figure out the basis of their obsession, or why they felt the need to point out Tim Tebow's 25th birthday to the world. At any rate, in case you missed it, check out @AwfulAnnouncing's feed from yesterday. His rant about 24/7 Tebowmania on ESPN was nothing short of outstanding.
In case you've been living under a rock lately, there's a fairly sordid academic scandal happening up the road from me at the University of North Carolina. To cut to the chase, a bizarre incident happened over the weekend where a member of the North Carolina State message board PackPride.com uncovered that UNC had a copy of former player Julius Peppers' academic transcript just sitting on their public server, which to me seems like a horrible violation of FERPA. To make matters worse for UNC, Peppers' transcript showed that he took a number of independent study classes in the African American studies department - the same department that was recently found to have been conducting fake classes that enrolled several football players. I'll be touching on this story in greater detail on Friday here on IHJJR, but needless to say this scandal has lit Twitter on fire, even being picked up by national columnists like @GreggDoyelCBS, who absolutely eviscerated UNC in his latest column.
Moving on, the Dwight Howard saga has FINALLY ended, and not a moment too soon. The Magic literally gave up Howard to the Lakers in a four team trade that included Denver and Philadelphia for an assortment of players and draft picks that more or less puts them on the same level as the Charlotte LOLCats. As @BobbyBigWheel points out below, attendance at the Magic-Bobcats game should be legendarily terrible.
Other quick hits that had you talking this past week on Twitter:
- Chad Johnson was arrested for headbutting his now soon to be ex-wife Evelyn Lozada after a heated argument ensued over a receipt for a box of condoms. Johnson was subsequently cut by the Dolphins, and VH-1 cancelled his reality show. Is this the last we've seen of Chad Johnson in the NFL?
- Virginia Tech unveiled some of the most horrific football helmets ever for their upcoming whiteout game. Check the tweet from @THEKEYPLAY below for the pic. There's not even a joke necessary here - the helmets speak for themselves.
- Tyrann Mathieu has been kicked off of LSU's football team for a repeated violation of team rules, but there's brewing rumors that he hasn't been declared permanently ineligible. Keep an eye on this story for now.
- Apparently Auburn fans waive something called a "Chiz rag" at football games. Again, no joke is necessary here. Seriously y'all - did no one think that name through? (Thanks to @Mengus22, a tremendous follow on Twitter if you aren't following him, for posting the picture).
- Finally, it appears that @JoseCanseco has completely lost his mind. There are days where you can show me a tweet from @Horse_ebooks and tell me it was actually Canseco that wrote it and I wouldn't be shocked in the slightest. Check out Canseco's latest bizarre rant below, where he claims he has figured out the art of time travel.
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. Enjoy everybody!
"I made a mistake, and I'm ready to move on. I ju-" [Bobby Petrino leaves mid-interview for better interview opportunity]— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) August 9, 2012
This is my fault, guys. Just last night I looked in the mirror and said "I haven't heard anything about Dwight Howard lately" three times.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) August 9, 2012
USA-Japan match summed up in one picture --->yfrog.com/kgp68hp— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) August 9, 2012
Just a heads up ... Hope Solo will be drunk tomorrow on the Today Show. Deal with it.— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) August 9, 2012
TEN POINTS FOR GRYFFINDOR. twitpic.com/ahhbj6— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) August 10, 2012
Magic-Bobcats games next year could actually have negative attendance.— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) August 10, 2012
Les Miles: "Tyrann Mathieu is no longer on our team."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 10, 2012
So Les Miles can eat grass but Tyrann Mathieu can't smoke grass? Something doesn't seem right here.— Brett (@BLeez17) August 10, 2012
Fully expect Tebow to go 8-for-8 on this drive with a 25-yard TD pass to cap things off. If only to send the NY papers into Teboner city.— Sports Hernia (@TheSportsHernia) August 11, 2012
Student records show UNC academic fraud scandal dates beyond FB coach Butch Davis, but officials reluctant to verify. bit.ly/P0c1ku— Dan Kane (@dankanenando) August 11, 2012
The Olympics' final event is also the most gruelling: Rainbow Road.— Cam Charron (@camcharron) August 11, 2012
Davie police spokesman said fight between Chad Johnson and his wife started over a receipt for a box of condoms— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 12, 2012
Antoine Walker reacts to news of domestic issues between Evelyn Lozada & Chad Johnson twitpic.com/aibrkt— Mr. ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryBlkManDC) August 12, 2012
if you watched Hard Knocks.. 40:25 in.. Chad Johnson says and i qoute: " i promise i'm getting arrested while we're off youtube.com/watch?v=YOncK8…— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 12, 2012
Well now Chad looks like an even bigger asshole IF that's the truth. Cheating AND hitting a female? The 2 things you never do.— Matt Clapp (@sharapovasthigh) August 12, 2012
20,335 at a Ravens practice. 20,935 at an Orioles game.— BalSportsReport (@BalSportsReport) August 12, 2012
Man, who else is PUMPED for Animal Pract---hey guys where are you going no come back— Eli Cash (@runthedive) August 12, 2012
The Miami Dolphins have just released Chad Johnson, scouts cleaned out his locker— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 13, 2012
"Now what?" - Hard Knocks Producer— Michael Necci (@Michael_Necci) August 13, 2012
So, UNC has Juilus Peppers' transcript on their website for public viewing (for some reason). Not a good look: unc.edu/sis/fsguest/fs…— Adam Rowe (@DukeHoopBlog) August 13, 2012
Did the Agent for Julius Peppers Create a Website to Smear a Reporter Covering the UNC Academic Scandal? Yes.is.gd/nk0yyb— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) August 14, 2012
Time for some banners to come down. My column on the UNC academic scandal: cbsprt.co/OWIkhl— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) August 14, 2012
You'll never convince me this young woman used steroids. No way. twitter.com/WhitlockJason/…— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) August 13, 2012
Denard Robinson says he can beat Usain in the 40.Desmond Howard backs him up. . Apparently that U of M Kool Aid is spiked with Everclear.— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) August 13, 2012
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