Twitter has become the next big thing. People's attention span are so short now that 140 characters of information is all we can handle in one sitting. Twitter has changed the way a lot people get their information and the way a lot of people give their information or idle thoughts or removal of all doubt of their status as a fool. However, almost nothing has felt Twitter's affect more than the sporting world.
For as long as I can remember sports teams and their coaches have tried to keep a tight leash on their athletes. Let's face it, athletes aren't known for their intelligence, eloquence or discretion. So keeping them away from microphones and making sure they just toe the company line was the norm. But Twitter has changed all that.
Now big time athletes have an unfiltered public forum named Twitter and I couldn't be happier. Giving athletes a direct line of communication to the entire world via Twitter is like grafting a rocket launcher onto the back of a rhinoceros: You have no idea what's going to happen...but you're pretty sure it's going to be awesome.
We've already had some great sports tweeting moments. There was the time Boston Celtic Ray Allen attempted to privately tweet some hoochie (who was not his wife) but accidentally sent the message to the entire world. Sure he claims his account was hacked but I think a hacker’s dirty tweet would have made a little more sense.
Then there was Michael Beasley (at the time a member of the Miami Heat and now with the Minnesota Timberwolves) who decided to tweet a nice picture of his new tattoo. He was also obviously planning to hone his culinary skills after the picture was taken as evidenced by the small plastic baggie filled with what can only be assumed to be oregano in the corner of the picture. I generally don't like oregano in my brownies but with Beasley I might just make an exception.
Though, quite possibly my favorite sports tweet occurred last Sunday. Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson flat out dropped what would have been the game winning touchdown. In his post game press conference Johnson said he'd never get over it. However, it was after the press conference where the real magic happened. That's when he decided to tweet...
"I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..."
That's right, Steve Johnson is pissed at God and the way God "did him."
Now some people are criticizing Johnson for blaming God for the dropped pass instead of, you know, himself. But I think it's a refreshing change of pace. It's about time someone called out the big (wo)man in the sky.
How many times over the decades have we seen a player hit a home run or catch a touchdown pass or make a buzzer-beater and then point to the sky? How often do we hear a player getting interviewed after winning a big game and the first thing they do is thank God? Well, if God is responsible for helping you win big games, shouldn't God also be held accountable for when you lose big games? So, good for Steve Johnson for finally holding God responsible.
Now let's hope he doesn't get struck by lightning.
But that tweet wasn't even the zaniest thing to happen in the NFL last weekend. Even crazier was when this happened...and the fact that neither player got suspended!