SportsNation Blog Archives Washington Redskins
The Eagles made the signing of Tim Tebow official Monday.
Rival Washington? It -- or at least its social media department -- wasn't about to stay quiet:
Or was it? If you're well-versed in Twitter memes, you'll know that Kermit sipping tea is the traditional background photo for the "none of my business" trend, the Internet equivalent to "I'm just sayin'." This typically includes a damning statement on top or in the Twitter text (e.g. "Tim Tebow has a total QBR of 33.4 since 2010"), then the boilerplate fake-shrug at the bottom ("but that's none of my business").
But this picture has none of that!
Now, one might argue that everyone on Twitter knows the Kermit thing by now, and everyone on Twitter at the moment knew the Tebow signing had just become official. Also, not adding any text gives the team plausible deniability: "Tebow who? We just thought it was a funny photo!"
But lack of wording could leave some people confused. Also, trolling a team with a much better recent history -- and with no indication as to what was none of its business -- left Washington open to counter-trolling.
Still, we don't want to hit Washington too hard for this. Good-natured, sports-related trolling is almost as fun as the games. (Plus it would be way too easy for someone to fire back with, say, "the writer of this post has less than 700 followers ... but that's none of my business.")
NFL Week 2 questions
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Your 2014 NFL predictions?
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Should Redskins change name?
The Washington Redskins have faced constant, if not always heavy, pressure to change their name in recent years. This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademarks on the basis that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." The ruling is being appealed and affects only trademarks registered between 1967 and 1990, meaning the current logo is still protected. Still, it's another example of the growing movement against this long-standing moniker.