8 Biggest NFL Twitter Feuds of the 2011 Offseason
Twitter has become one of the most popular social medias in this country. Feuding on Twitter has become so common that the public barely blinks an eye when reports of two NFL stars bashing each other via the Internet hits mainstream news.
In fact, feuding on Twitter has become so common that my mom bashed me on Twitter last night for being a "little pansy girl who cries at the end of My Girl." In my defense, that was a really touching movie, and I had an eyelash in my eye which made me cry.
While my family feuding might not interest you, I guarantee that the 8 biggest Twitter feuds of the 2011 NFL season will certainly intrigue you.
8. Nick Mangold vs. Ryan Kesler
This is by far the most humorous feud of the bunch, mainly because Nick Mangold is one funny dude.
Supposedly, Ryan Kesler (a hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks) was the inventor of standing in the background of a picture and smiling. He was angry that Mangold was attempting to steal his invention and started tweeting about it.
Here is how the exchange went:
Ryan Kesler: "looks like @nickmangold is trying to steal my interview bombing not funny unless your the creator buds! #getyourownmaterial"
Nick Mangold: "My apologies to @Ryan_Kesler. I didn't realize he invented the smile and wave."
Nick Mangold at a later date: "Me: "I'm dealing with this @Ryan_Kesler crap." @Mark_Sanchez: "Who's that?" Me: "Exactly"
Game, set, match for Mangold on that last comment. Even if Mangold knows who Kesler is, it was beautifully played by Mangold and stopped Kesler in his tracks.
Darnell Dockett vs. PETA
When Darnell Dockett tweeted a photo of himself holding a baby alligator, it was quite a shocking moment. While some found it laughable, others were revolted—especially PETA.
In fact, PETA was so distraught by the photo that they sent Dockett a letter detailing the laws he had broken and how they were going to help the alligator.
Of course, Dockett didn't actually buy an alligator, but he felt strongly enough to tweet this:
"@peta I can't wait till winter. I'm gonna buy a Big ass BEAR Mink, with RABBIT sleeves and LION POCKETS!! Just Watch! Mess w/the wrong 1!" and "Dear PETA @peta I don't care what yall say! If you or anybody come to take NINO! I will pull a JOHN Q on yalls ass! NOW TRY ME!"
I would throw this in the category of an overreaction on both parties and call this feud a tie.
6. Chad Ochocinco vs. Skip Bayless
Before I start, does anyone even like Skip Bayless? I mean, what good does he actually bring to ESPN?
This whole feud started when Chad Ochocinco announced that he was looking for a random roommate in the New England area to live with for a few weeks. Bayless didn't find this amusing and called Ochocinco out for not doing things the "Patriot Way"—whatever that means. Neither men have ever really liked each other, so this just added more fuel to the fire.
The transcript is rather long, but you can see a good copy of it here.
I'm siding with Ochocinco on this feud, because I just really don't like Bayless. In fact, I don't think he does things the "ESPN Way," so take that.
Crap, now I need to change my Twitter account so he doesn't start hassling me about how I'm not promoting the "Bleacher Report Way."
5. LeSean McCoy vs. Osi Umenyiora
The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants are already bitter rivals, so a Twitter feud between two players from those teams is the last thing needed.
This all started when LeSean McCoy called Osi Umenyiora "overrated and the third best lineman on his team." What brought about this statement? Reports that Umenyiora wanted a new contract from the Giants.
Umenyiora went on to call McCoy "Lady GaGa" and referred to him as a "she." This feud is becoming more brutal every day and could become rather dangerous once these two teams get on the same field together.
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. USA
I think we are all pretty familiar with Rashard Mendenhall's tweets following reports of Osama Bin Laden being killed, so I won't get into any details.. While I think it was on overreaction on the part of the public, both sides of the feud are losers here.
3. Arian Foster vs. Colin Cowherd
When Arian Foster tweeted a picture of his hamstring injury, it showed how much Twitter has become a part of everyday life. Unfortunately for Foster, some people seemed concerned that his injury would be harmful to their fantasy football team. One of those people was Colin Cowherd, the obnoxious TV host on ESPN's SportsNation.
Here is what Foster and Cowherd had to say:
Arian Foster: 4 those sincerely concerned, I’m doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day. 4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick
Colin Cowherd: Hey Arian Foster—
‘We really do care about you as a human too. Um, now about that hammy?
Arian Foster: Did you want to be a critic as a child? Or did your dreams die with your humility?
Way to go, Foster. Finally, someone puts Cowherd in his place—which at least 75 percent of sports fans want to do.
2. Ray Rice vs. Ryan Clark
The reason this feud ranks so high on the list is because the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers already hate each other. Now that two of their players are in a Twitter feud, the two games this season between the teams will be brutal.
This feud all started after Ray Rice had some comments on Twitter about Hines Ward's DUI arrest and possibly suspension from the opening game of the regular season. Obviously, Ryan Clark wasn't too pleased about it, but he actually handled the situation pretty well at the start of the exchange.
It all went downhill from there, however, as Rice told Ryan "it's whatever u wanna do bro you know how to find me." Ryan replied, "I hear ya brother.Thought we were all better than that. Wouldn't speak negative of you. I'll find you! It's not hard. God bless."
I just hope that there are plenty of paramedics on hand during Week 1 when the Steelers travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. It could get extremely ugly between these two players.
1. Chad Ochocinco vs. Terrell Owens
This feud is so crazy that I'm just going to let Chad Ochocino's and Terrell Owens' tweets do the talking.
Chad Ochocinco: @terrellowens Man its your f_cking fault my QB is retiring, I should whoop your ass cause they're blaming me you f_cking Diva!!!
Terrell Owens: @ochocinco I should whoop ur a** 4 asking me 2 come 2 Cincy! Yeh it's my fault tht he's retiring but not if I woulda had 15 TDs instead of 9
Chad Ochocinco: @terrellowens F_ck yo touchdowns we went 4-12 and now my QB is leaving and they blaming me,you taking 50% of the blame for this sh_t!!!
Terrell Owens: @ochocinco And so much ur "Batman & Robin" idea!!
I'm voting this as the greatest twitter feud in the history of sports. Just when I thought that these two grown men couldn't be any more childish, they go and prove me wrong.
How great would it be if the New England Patriots signed Terrell Owens?