We’re long past the point where Twitter is an obscure means of communication. News organizations, athletes, celebrities, and world leaders now use the social media platform to express their thoughts to a growing audience. If you didn’t see it on Twitter first, you’re probably behind the story. That’s true both nationally and locally. In Boston, this year’s best sports tweets came in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the absurdly funny to the succinctly tragic. Without further ado, Boston’s year in tweets.
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was in hot water once after a salacious video of him leaked onto the Internet. He didn’t do himself any favors when he tweeted the “joke” below concerning homosexuals. The Spikes tweet was actually not original; he lifted the comment from a British comedian.
I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnophobic.I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub !— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) October 10, 2012
Red Sox owner John Henry didn’t tweet anything controversial on July 16, but his last Twitter missive is funny because of just how wrong his prediction turned out to be. The Red Sox were 46-44 and Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford were back on the field together, batting 1-2. The Sox, of course, would go on to finish in last place, and Crawford would be traded to the Dodgers as part of a massive salary dump. Great second half? Not so much.
Jacoby and CarlOn the field together.Finally. Should be a great second half. twitter.com/John_W_Henry/s…— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 16, 2012
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Stephanie McCaffrey is an unknown to most Boston sports fans, but the second-leading scorer for the Boston College women’s soccer team got in some hot water before her team played Penn State. McCaffrey poked fun at the child molestation and sexual abuse case at the school, writing, among other things, “I wonder if well get into the visitors locker room at Penn state…” and, “Raping at penn state to getting raped in state penn…#beatPennState #santouchsky’’. The posts were taken down, and McCaffrey was suspended for the game.
Embroiled in contract negotiations with the Patriots, Wes Welker signed his franchise tender in May, making him the team’s franchise player for 2012 but giving up his leverage in the discussion for a long-term extension. On May 15 Welker tweeted, “I signed my tender today. I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. #leapoffaith.’’ The Patriots have not signed Welker to a long-term deal, meaning his leap of faith has gone unrewarded.
Donald Trump took a break from his usual politicized Twitter agenda to wish luck to the New England Patriots before their Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans on Dec. 10. “Good luck to Bob Kraft, Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight,’’ Trump wrote. Only one problem. The name of the Patriots head coach is Bill Belichick, not Bob. Trump deleted the tweet.
In one of the most representative tweets of the year that was Boston sports, a fan wearing a paper bag over the head at Fenway Park identified himself to Rich Shertenlieb from 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich show. The man was indeed a disgruntled Red Sox fan who wore the bag as a statement against the last-place team. Several other fans (pictured) followed suit.
The Celtics lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat in June, but shortly after the game, ESPN had declared at least one Celtic a winner. On the scroll at the bottom of the broadcast, ESPN teased that boxer Manny Pacquiao was “upset by Avery Bradley.” Avery Bradley, of course, is a guard for the Celtics. Timothy Bradley is the boxer who beat Pacquiao.
Yep I Just Beat Pacquiao Up! Lol— Avery Bradley (@Avery_Bradley) June 10, 2012
It wouldn’t be a rundown of the year in Boston sports without Boston mayor Tom Menino messing up a local athlete’s name. In describing the Celtics’ gutsy run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Menino said, referred to Kevin Garnett as “K.J.” and Rajon Rondo as “Hondo.” He later addressed the issue on Twitter.
You know it’s championship season when Iflub our athletes’ names! Sorry KG & Rondo, it’s kind of my thing- another Menino-ism! #GoCeltics— Mayor Tom Menino (@mayortommenino) June 7, 2012
Paul Pierce can’t seem to shake the wheelchair incident. During a segment on ESPN’s “First Take’’, Saturday Night Live comedian Jay Pharoah took a jab at Pierce, saying, “He’s an actress. I’m sorry, he’s a good basketball player … he has a couple of rings, [Smith: He has one ring] …he’s an actress. Diva, diva. You even talk about how he’s a diva now… I will get on this freakin’ table and show you what he does.” Pierce’s response was simple.
Who is jay pharaoh— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 6, 2012
The suicide of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau sent shockwaves through the sports world, including Foxborough, one of Seau’s former places of employment. Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork summed it up sadly and succinctly when he wrote that he and his wife Bianca were devestated.
@mrs75 and I are heart broken about junior he’s one of the greatest people I shared the field with he will always be “Buddie Buddie”— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) May 2, 2012