Top UMAA Tweets Following Jim Harbaugh Press Conference

Top UMAA Tweets Following Jim Harbaugh Press Conference

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Top UMAA Tweets Following Jim Harbaugh Press Conference

Jim Harbaugh’s week probably wouldn’t rank as one of his “best” weeks since becoming the J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Head Football Coach.  But his army of Tweeters are showing their smarts by reaching out to me with a variety of messages that are worth analyzing.

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There are plenty of fascinating storylines that have come out of this week’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is confident that his program is on the verge of breaking through.

Indiana’s Tom Allen is committed to getting the Hoosiers to the next level.

Lovie Smith looks as great as ever with that sensational beard and we’re pulling for Lovie to get it done in Champaign.

Jim Harbaugh was presented with a question that, for reasons unbeknownst to us, hadn’t been asked of him by the folks who have covered him.

For those of you who might be tuning in late, let’s set the scene so that everyone can understand the context.

Here is Jim Harbaugh’s entire press conference in Chicago.  If you’d like to see what generated a fair amount of hubbub, go to the 4:50 mark and watch and listen to the fact-based question UMAA’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Head Football Coach was asked –

Okay, from there, things got fun and interesting and revealing.

If a psychologist were to analyze the reaction from the UMAAers in the Twitterverse, the psychologist might say something like this:

“Often times, when people are presented with a truth that reveals an unacknowledged element of deficiency or fraudulence, the exposure of that truth leads people to becoming far angrier and more sensitive and even apoplectic for having been presented with that truth.  More often than not, the anger and venom that rises within the people is then directed at whoever presented the truth rather than whatever the reason or person or event is that makes the truth the truth.”

This has played out across the Twitterverse and is something we can now take a good look at and see if we can dig in on some of the better comments and reactions from the UMAAers.

In no particular order, here are some of the finer Tweets and such –

Due# @JDue51 ges us started with his initial use of “Sparty gonna Spart” and a use of the word “smug.”

An immediate response to @JDue51 comes from Pete Brandon @PeteBrandon18:

First, let’s examine Due# @JDue51’s tweet –

  1. Nice avatar – the UMAA Wolverine icon is solid.  It demonstrates to people that you like UMAA.  Good work.  Extra points are awarded for the use of a somewhat “vintage” Wolverine icon.  You have an appreciation for tradition.
  2. “Sparty gonna Spart.” That’s clever and smart.  It’s also a creative use of alliteration. It seemed to resonate with people.  One thing that the UMAAers have not really come to understand is that Michigan State people long ago embraced the “Sparty” moniker and it is used within the Spartan community as a proud and fun term.  The UMAA people don’t seem to realize that when they try to denigrate Michigan State with their use of “Sparty,” they’re actually using a term that is a positive term within the world that they do not like.
  3. The word “smug.” This is a UMAAer calling someone smug.  That’s a bit like Vito Spatafore making a fat joke about Ginny Sacramoni.

Next up from the above tweets, Pete Brandon @PeteBrandon18

  1. Beautiful avatar of the child who, I’m assuming, is your child.  Nice work there on the creation of a human.  One day, he’s going to be beaming with pride in the way you’ve tweeted about how you’re going to cold cock me when you see me in public.
  2. Thanks to you, I am now very aware of the fact that you and many others want to “cold cock that little puss” if you see me in public.  I’ve hired a beefy security detail that now follows me everywhere I go since you could be following me and even watching me right at this moment.
  3. You have really made me reconsider so many things and I appreciate the way you’ve forced me to see that I need to be mindful of so many things that I just haven’t been smart enough to consider.  Until now.  Thank you.

Okay, let’s move on.

Jeddy Tweets @Jeddy_Tweets responded to @JDue51’s tweet with a good one here –

  1. Me having 46 Twitter followers is so Monday.  I now have 84.
  2. My house doesn’t have a basement, unfortunately.  But if it did, it would be where we would keep our Christmas and Halloween decorations.  Right now, we have to keep those decorations in the front hall of the house and it’s really awkward when people come to visit us.  They have to walk around the boxes and all of the containers of the stuff.  @Jeddy_Tweets – if you know of a contractor that I can meet with to discuss how he or she might be able to add a basement to my house, please let me know.

Next up are Shawn L. Martin @ShawnLMartin and GoBlueRay @Staten44Ray –

  1. Shawn L. Martin’s tweet might be the best one I’ve seen.  It’s concise, direct, and packs a punch.  It’s also very smart.  It shows that Shawn L. Martin is smart.  It also shows that Shawn L. Martin is tough.  He’s very tough.  Sort of like the guy above who is going to “cold cock” me when he sees me in public.  Good stuff here, Shawn L. Martin.
  2. GoBlueRay @Staten44Ray – another very smart person, obviously.  I actually rehearsed the question for about a week, not just the night.  I’m really hoping that a break comes along for me because I really need a break in order to escape the wilderness I’ve been in professionally and personally for so long now.  Extra points to GoBlueRay @Staten44Ray for the clever use of “Womp Womp.”  Very clever.  Good stuff.

Next up is Brian @BigBA10 –

  1. Again, it’s a very good point about the basement thing – but, please see my comments regarding the basement dynamic above in my analysis of @Jeddy_Tweets’s tweet.
  2. I really like your Twitter handle, Brian.  @BigBA10 – that lets people know that you are someone to be reckoned with and that you possess a presence and an ethos that is to be respected.  I can only assume that “10” is your lucky number – good use of the number 10.  Smart, clever, informative.  And bold.

Let’s take a look at Mark Proff @MarkProff –

  1. Mark Proff @MarkProff – you actually deserve credit for this one.  Good point.  I’ve written a lot about how Spartans do live in a glass house so I appreciate your sentiment.  Take a look at the essay I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the Larry Nassar crimes becoming public and let me know your thoughts – here is a link to the my piece –

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Okay – next up is Alex.  Just good, old Alex.  His handle is @alexpipkalejs –

  1. Thank you for your earnest compliment on my reporting.
  2. The “stuff” that you’ve baked into your tweet is esoterically weird, awkward, strange, and, while I can sort of hear you on what you’re trying to say, I’d suggest that you ask someone what the phrase “too cute by half” means.

Who’s next?  Ah, MichiganFan @obedsae and KTG @KTG716 –

Starting with MichiganFan @obedsae –

  1. Nice work on identifying yourself as MichiganFan.  This makes it clear to people that you are a Michigan fan.  Smart.
  2. How did I get my credentials?  The Big Ten has an online program for members of the media.  People who know this and know how to access it and have developed strong relationships with the Big Ten over the years are encouraged to apply for credentials for things such as Big Ten Media Days.  I went to the online application program (I had also received information regarding the application process via email) and I filled out the application and submitted it to the Big Ten.  I received the approval email from the Big Ten about fifteen minutes later.

KTG @KTG716 –

  1. Is that a lion in your avatar identifier?  That’s a resplendent lion.  I think lions are cool, beautiful, powerful, and graceful all at once.  I guess it’s no wonder that the lion is viewed as the “King of the Jungle.”  Good avatar.  Smart.  It immediately lets people know that you are like a lion and that you are powerful.
  2. Your “message” was, indeed, wonderful.  Truly wonderful.  I went shopping recently for Big Boy pants but the only pants I really am only comfortable in are sweatpants so when I found Big Boy pants, I just left the store and went home.
  3. Your wonderful message really has made me feel like a dog that’s been beat down by its owner.  Good point.

Finally, let’s revisit Shawn L. Martin’s @shawnLmartin tweet –

That’s a really good tweet.

Really good.

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