Tweets of the Week: 8/6/2012
We've got another Olympic edition of Tweets of the Week on the docket, covering everything from the Badminton scandal, the USA Men's Basketball team's epic beatdown of the Nigerian squad, as well as their near loss to Lithuania, the USA Women's soccer team robbing team Canada late in extra time (sorry @ArmstrongWTVD), and more!
The beginning of last week featured a rather ridiculous story at the Olympics involving the South Korean, Chinese and Indonesian Women's Badminton teams. Apparently, in an effort to secure a favorable draw, the Chinese team attempted to throw their match against South Korea. The South Koreans were having none of that, as they attempted to throw the match in order to keep the Chinese team from losing. Confused? Me too. If you watch the video below from Deadspin, you'll get a glimpse as to what the badminton looked like in my 9th grade PE Class.
Been a bit of a bizarre week for the USA Men's Basketball team. They started off by utterly eviscerating the Nigerian Squad, beating them by the largest margin of victory in Olympic history, then followed that effort up by nearly losing to Lithuania. Team USA also struggled early with Argentina, before running away from them in the second half thanks to Kevin Durant's offensive explosion. Check some of my favorite tweets below - @AwfulAnnouncing summed up the game against Nigeria perfectly. Also, if you missed Westbrook's violent dunk on Argentina, have no fear - @SamuelLJackson has you covered.
An outstanding match between the Women's soccer teams of the USA and Canada took place yesterday, with team USA getting a miracle header from @AlexMorgan13 very late in the stoppage time in the second extra time period. Needless to say, Twitter erupted right afterwards, with fans of Team USA absolutely going nuts.
Other quick hits from the Olympics:
- Serena Williams won Gold for the USA in both singles and doubles with her sister Venus, but it was Serena's impromptu crip walk after her singles victory over Maria Sharapova that sent the Twitterverse into a complete tizzy.
- Missy Franklin continued her dominance in the pool, and after her last race in an interview with Bob Costas, she mentioned that she is considering the University of Georgia for college. You guessed it, that prompted some "Mark Richt has lost control" tweets almost immediately.
- A Chinese trampolinist (trampolimpian?) named Dong Dong won the gold medal. I'm not even sure what else to say.
- Team GB's Men's soccer team lost in PK's to South Korea, continuing the British's recent woes in matches decided by shootouts.
- However, the good news for Team GB was that Andy Murray got a measure of revenge against Roger Federer, defeating the world's greatest tennis player for the Gold. @RichardDeitsch tweeted a phenomenal picture of Murray's celebration from the front page of the Telegraph.
Here's what else in the sports world had you tweeting:
- Florida State dismissed Greg Reid from the football team, as they apparently had enough of his off the field problems.
- Oh, and guess who's back in the NFL? Terrell Owens has returned, signing a one year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Good luck Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, y'all are going to need it.
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't share some of my favorite tweets from the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. It was a pretty historic event, which lead to some fantastic snark and hilarity on Twitter. On a serious note though, the official Twitter account for Curiosity (@MarsCuriosity) is a must follow.
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!
lol badminton: deadspin.com/5930687/eight-…— edsbs (@edsbs) August 1, 2012
Official word has come out. Greg REid dismissed for violation of team rules #FSU— Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey) August 1, 2012
PHOTO: Todd Graham's "Declaration of Commitment" for ASU players is unintentional comedy gold, Jerry: lostlettermen.com/graham-preache…— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) August 1, 2012
Vince McMahon. ECU. Yearbook photo: flickr.com/photos/digital…— Riddick & Reynolds (@RnR_NCSU) August 1, 2012
No foul on that last USA possession? My god, it was like the pool scene from Showgirls.— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) August 1, 2012
IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS (gold medal)— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) August 1, 2012
37 American points are worth 37,000,000 Nigerian points. #inflation— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) August 2, 2012
/sees what Melo is doing.. //violently chugs chocolate milk— Michael Necci (@Michael_Necci) August 2, 2012
So this is what a game of NBA Jam looks like in real life.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 2, 2012
I don't know why people are saying Missy Franklin can't pass up the money by going to college. Does Miami not have a swim team?— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) August 4, 2012
More like Lehighthuania, Coach K— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) August 4, 2012
Death, taxes, and England/Great Britain losing on PKs— Brett (@BLeez17) August 4, 2012
Terrell Owens on his way to Seattle, but it's not clear if its for a tryout or an interview with Starbucks.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) August 6, 2012
BREAKING NEWS: Blackberry execs to hold fish fry at work tomorrow to raise money to pay Bolt as spokesman— A Wat (@adub_dont_tweet) August 6, 2012
Missy Franklin will go to Georgia, only to get arrested for gun possession and end up at Alabama A&M. #MarkRichthaslostcontroloftheswimteam— FriendsoftheProgram (@FOTProgram) August 6, 2012
NASA Bros---->yfrog.com/obbcbhp— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) August 6, 2012
A 37-year-old woman Olympic gymnast has to be roughly the equivalent of a 73-year-old NFL wide receiver.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) August 6, 2012
If Ryan Seacrest's job is to read Twitter, can we all agree to stop tweeting for, like, 2 days? It'll be worth it, I promise.— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) August 2, 2012
Where are 3 boob ladies? #msl— Rick Muscles (@RickMuscles) August 6, 2012
Tune in tomorrow as Mars Curiosity attempts to retrieve 37 2011 attempts on goal by Fernando Torres.— The Shin Guardian (@shinguardian) August 6, 2012
Due to its use of ineligible players, NCAA forces Caltech to vacate the Mars landing.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 6, 2012
@alexmorgan13 I love you?— Tom Shutt (@TgunShoNuff) August 6, 2012
KEVIN DURANT HIT THAT ONE FROM CARDIFF!— Andrew Drew Rosin (@thegnc) August 6, 2012
POSTERYEFUKKINZAYSHUN!!!!! By Westbrook!!!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 6, 2012
I like gbr's judge dredd unis best.— ebj (@BeerControl) August 7, 2012
He's baaaaaack! Terrell Owens has agreed to a one year deal with the Seahawks. Hasn't signed it yet but agreed to terms— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 7, 2012
LOUGANISFACE 30fram.es/73r— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 7, 2012
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