Marshall Law: A day in the strange world of Twitter

July 5, 2013

Of all the phenomenons that have come with the Internet, none has ingrained itself in American culture as quickly and as strongly as Twitter.

In 140 characters or less, athletes, politicians, journalists, coaches, actors and just ordinary folks provide a snapshot of a day in American life. I don’t follow all that many people, but it’s still hard to keep up. I don’t see how those who follow tens of times more than the 300-plus that I follow deal with it.

Anyway, I decided to be fun just to share some of the tidbits from one day of Twitter in my little Twitter world.

As on most days, if you were perusing my Twitter account, you would see a lot of guys who have never coached a player evaluating college prospects. You would see a lot of college prospects tweeting about various things, lots of college athletes talking their sports, lots of politics, lots of meaningless babble and a good bit of stuff guys (or gals) would have been well-advised to have avoided.

Anyway, just for fun:

Sophomore Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis was thinking about the coming of preseason practice, less than a month away now, and football season.

Mind set on Success, nothing less! The time is near …

A couple of Bleacher Report reporters or columnists or something were pleading to be taken seriously. They probably have some work to do. …

Daren Rovell of ESPN said Joey Chestnut, who ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes Thursday, makes an estimated $200,000 annually from competitive eating and that it’s his only job.

With lots of people, including lots of children, not having enough to eat, I find so-called competitive eating to be ridiculous, uninteresting and inappropriate.

What is fun about watching someone eat 69 hot dogs? …

Lots of people were figuratively wringing their hands that college basketball had been hurt by the Boston Celtics hiring Brad Stevens away from Butler. Really? I kind of think college basketball will go right on without Stevens or any other coach who decides to leave. …

NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson tweeted that the Celtics made a good move in hiring Stevens.

Congrats, Danny Ainge, on hiring Brad Stevens. He has the demeanor of a composed leader. Hope he’s got the hide of a rhino for NBA grind. …

Along those lines, why is it “good for college football” for one team or another, Miami in this case, to be good? I’ve never been able to understand that. …

Jina Bootcheck shared the good news that she and her husband, former Auburn pitching great Chris Bootcheck, are expecting their third child. …

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was highly impressed with ESPN’s “Going Home” special.

Sports center special on "Going Home" ...Wow. Speechless. That says it all. Very emotional. Happy 4th & thank you to all who serve(ed)! #USA …

The ESPN special also hit a chord with Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright. …

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn wished everyone a happy day and praised service men and women.

Happy Independence Day! Thanks to the men and women who protect and serve our country. Hope it's a safe and enjoyable holiday. #wareagle …

One of the more interesting tweets of the day said that a French company is marketing perfumed underwear for men. Really? Don’t much think I’d be interested. …

The New England Patriots web site is offering fans who have Aaron Hernandez jerseys to swap them for any other player’s jersey. …

The Oakland A’s tweeted some stats of interest on third baseman Josh Donaldson, a former Auburn star. Donaldson, they pointed out, ranks second among American League third basemen in runs batted in and third in batting and home runs. …

We’ll end this with an insightful tweet from Opelika High School head football coach Brian Blackmon.

“My random thought: While our country is certainly not perfect, our freedom gives us the chance to at least strive for perfection.”

Until next time …

 

Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: