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Ranking the Top Tweets from UMBC’s Twitter

Ranking the Top Tweets from UMBC’s Twitter


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For the past few years, there’s been a sports writing renaissance happening at a clip of 280 characters or less. That’s right, I’m talking about Twitter, the most politically charges social media platform, aside from that your crazy uncle’s Facebook page.

Twitter has been the best place to watch live reactions to games and quick little interjections tossed into the coliseum of hot takes. Where am I going to get my Crying Jordan memes at 2 AM? Twitter. Fans can rag on each other, stay in the know, and talk smack to Adam Schefter and his “sources”, it’s a great place to just sit back and let the saltiness wash over you. Conversely, because it’s a quick and easy way to connect with fans, most professional teams have hopped on it, some with great gusto.

MLB

The MLB has some great accounts, namely the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland A’s. They walk the line of being a fan account and still having a solid fan-facing tone. Walking that line is what gives them credibility, both as an account and an organization.

NHL

The NHL has exploded the Twitterverse in the past few years, leaning into the hard-nosed spirit of the game. The Vegas Golden Knights, the new expansion team, leads the league in everything Twitter-related. If you aren’t following them, you need to fix that.

Personally, what I love about the Golden Knights account is that it’s purposefully bad when it needs to be. Here’s an example.

If we put out that tweet, with it’s lack of grammar or structural anything, you fools would crucify us. I mean, that’s just not a great fan-facing tweet, yet I LOVE IT. I love that there’s a layer of “we have no idea what we’re doing” mixed with “but we do so like we’re the best.” It’s amazing. God Bless, the Vegas Golden Knights Twitter Account.

Why are we talking about twitter accounts? Because the Social Media heavens have a new star! The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Athletics account.

They might not be the champions we’ve crowned them to be, but their twitter game is strong, much like their second-half play against Virginia.

The Retrievers have been ROASTING EVERYONE on Twitter over these past few days and it’s all thanks to Zach Seidel.

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This Seth Rogen look-a-like has been flaming everyone and anything in his path. Even calling out those who doubted his UMBC Retrievers… so like I said, everyone. And since their time in the spotlight has ended with a loss to Kansas State, I think it’s important to remember them in all their glory. So without further adieu, here are the top 5 tweets from the @UMBC twitter account.

#5 – The Hat-Tip to Harvard

There has been a lot of talk about how a #16 seed has never knocked off a #1. That is half-true. There has never been a MENS #16 seed that knocked off a #1, but there has been a WOMENS team. The 1998 Harvard Women’s Basketball team defeated the #1 seed Stanford by 4 points, becoming the first team to do the unthinkable. By defeating the #1 ranked team in the tournament, Harvard’s team became the stuff of legends, much like the 2018 UMBC team.

While it’s rude of everyone to jump on the “First #16 seed Upset” bandwagon (WE ALSO DID), it’s great to see UMBC using this moment to set the record straight. They also did the thing, but they weren’t the first ones. The women laid the groundwork, the men just caught up… after 20 years.

#4 – Who is Jon Heyman?

Full disclosure: I HAAAAAAATE Jon Heyman. The guy is a Scott Boras shill who doesn’t really provide any sort of insight or anything into the game. He’s Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney without the brain or game knowlege… so he’s Adam Schefter.

This move right here is impeccable becuase it’s a roast with perfect timing. No doubt was Heyman trying to be quippy with his little joke, probably just trying to get in on the trending topic, but UMBC didn’t take kindly to that and hit him with the ‘Who are you?” LOVE IT. Just a simple insult. So good.

#3 – The Wendy’s Tweet

For those of you unfamiliar, Wendy’s Twitter is the best. They set the benchmark for incredible tweets, impeccable roasts, and solid burns.

Getting Wendy’s to tweet you is like getting an academy award: your life is changed forever and your career is defined by it. That’s what happened to UMBC. Game Recognize Game. UMBC has officially made it.

#2 – Sup, ESPN.

ESPN. This makes up for 5% of Deflategate. Getting Flamed by UMBC. I love it.

Look, you can’t blame ESPN for making this pick. LITERALLY, EVERYONE DID. However, I think it’s interesting how ESPN writes “For the 3rd time in 5 seasons, Virginia has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this year feels a bit different.” ESPN just trying to cover their bases with vague writing, in the instance this pick goes south. ESPN is the worst.

#1 – The Seth Davis Tweets

Seth Davis is a College Basketball writer. This is his time of the year. No one can touch him these next few weeks. He’s the expert, he’s the main source, he’s the talking head. So it’s not uncommon for sports analysts to make the easy predictions and hammer them. However, Davis REALLY hammered this.

So when the historic upset happened, UMBC took no prisoners.

At the end of the day, it was gentle ribbing until Seth Davis decided to re-open the wound after the loss to Kansas State, but UMBC was right there to catch it and neutralize the threat.

Was UMBC a flash in the pan tourney team? For sure. However, this is what makes this tournament so magical. Every team has a shot to be the champion. It’s truly one game at a time. And even if you aren’t given the credit, you can write your own story.

UMBC wrote their own story, both on the court and on Twitter.

And they won our hearts on both.

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Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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