In the horse race that is human innovation, twitter is neck-and-neck with the polio vaccine and the eventual advent of the hover-board for the greatest invention of the past 100 years (although to be fair, the hover-board isn’t due until 2015).
Ok, I immediately regret typing that level of bullshit hyperbole, but for a guy who lets his fingers ramble all over a keyboard until a sports story pops out, twitter is a gift from the internet gods.
Twitter allows the average athlete to express their unfiltered views to sports fans across the globe, and this usually results in an unparalleled level of honesty. It also encourages an unparalleled level of idiocy, no doubt causing a nation of team publicists to develop unparalleled alcohol problems (it’s time I retire the word “unparalleled”) .
Unless you’ve been living under 178 rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you’re aware of what happened at the end of last night’s Packers/Seahawks game. If you aren’t aware of what happened, I will kindly direct you to read this.
In case you didn’t read it, I’ll summarize it for you. On the last play of the game, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary into the end zone that was seemingly picked off by Packers’ safety M.D. Jennings. While Jennings fell to the ground, Seahawks WR Golden Tate tried to wrestle the ball free, and when the two men landed, they both seemed to have possession of the ball. Two (low-rent scab) referees immediately ran over to assess the play, and one signaled it was an interception while the other signaled it was a touchdown. Ultimately, it was (incorrectly) ruled a touchdown.
The Seahawks won 14-12. The City of Green Bay wept.
Well, it seems as though the Packers players will not take this screw job lying down, and many of them took to twitter in a delightful attempt to air their grievances.
Lang’s tweet gained serious traction. Turns out, it’s now one of the most re-tweeted tweets of all time.
According to the TwitSprout blog, Lang’s missive would be the third-most re-tweeted tweet of all time, behind Floyd Mayweather calling out Manny Pacquiao, and Justin Bieber’s tribute to LMFAO (yeah, we know). And that’s just after 10 hours — who knows how far the numbers will trend up?
Another Lang post, “Got [bleeped] by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl” had 64,288 re-tweets as of Tuesday morning
I shall now anoint T.J. Lang the king of twitter (I choose to ignore the existence of Justin Beiber and Floyd Mayweather)! And I suppose every King has a court jester, so I’m just going to go ahead and decree that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is the jester.
Hey Roger, you should probably get on the horn with the real referees today and hammer out a deal before Thursday’s game in Baltimore.
This is embarrassing.
*BONUS VIDEO* The refs needed Bob and David on their side.