Yeah, you knew it would happen. As soon as the word "vacate" got mentioned on TV this morning when NCAA president Mark Emmert dropped the hammer on Penn St., Twitter began to light up with lots of amateur humorists taking shots at Coach Cal.
There really isn't anything groundbreaking here, it's just remarkable how predictable it is that the Calipari column of my Twitter feed lights up whenever somebody, anybody, goes on TV or radio and says the word "vacate" or "vacated" in connection with NCAA wins. I get much more amusement from it than anything else, and I'm going to miss it when it inevitably goes away, much like the pejorative articles from the press have begun to fade now that Calipari is in his third year and has a national championship and zero NCAA violations.
I actually think the evolution of Coach Cal as an object of derision is interesting. The first year he was here, the Big Blue Nation was constantly defending against stuff flying from everywhere -- Internet articles, mainstream media, blogs, social media, you name it. It didn't die down much until after the Final Four of 2011, and then after this year's NCAA Tournament title, the nastiness has mostly reverted to Twitter only. I'm sure it will be the last to die, but even it is getting thinner and thinner until the word "vacate" pops up in the news.
Let's make fun of a few Twidiots, shall we? Follow me past the jump.
And JUST LIKE THAT someone else has vacated more wins than Calipari.— Erika Aemmer (@EA_Sports4) July 23, 2012
vacated wins, Joe Paterno and John Calipari are on the same page.#SuccessWithHonor— Jim Hammett (@JHammertime) July 23, 2012
Somewhere Calipari is watching the press conference saying," I know how you feel Penn State." #VacatedWins— Ryan Ault (@Ryan_Ault13) July 23, 2012
The "I only believe what I read on the Internet" guy.
If they can hire John Calipari, they could have all of the basketball wins removed next decade as well...— Justin Bandurski (@JustinBandurski) July 23, 2012
The "Whodathunkit" guy.
Who ever thought Paterno would ever vacate more wins than Calipari?— Steve Repsher (@SteveRep44) July 23, 2012
The Cardinal fan.
Still 1st in our hearts RT @wscii The real winner today? John Calipari. He's now in second place for most vacated wins ever.— Chick-Stratino (@ChickStratino) July 23, 2012
The "I can capitalize Irish but not Italian names" guy.
The only person I almost feel bad for is Bill O'Brien he inherited this mess but at least paterno isn't just moving on like calipari does— Derrick Willard (@derrickwillard) July 23, 2012
U hire an Italian coach, you going on probation! Paterno, Patrino, Pitino, Calipari, Mickey "the Gooch"— Jermaine Johnson (@FunnyMaine) July 23, 2012
The one Vandy sympathizer on Twitter.
@m19s99u Calipari is such a scum bucket...no ethics whatsoever!!! Emmert needs to go after the entire Sec minus Vandy.— Mark Sosnowski (@sosnows8) July 23, 2012
The "Let me show you how Mark Emmert would tweet if he could" guy.
I got no real issue with sanctions, but what is NCAA doing to prevent "hero worship" of coaches at places like 'Bama(Saban) & UK(Calipari)?— Mark Zinno Citarella (@MarkZinno) July 23, 2012
The "A sense of humor is all I lack" guy.
Paterno vacated 100+ wins....Calipari states....that's nothing, wait till I'm done!— hewitt (@jahewittindy) July 23, 2012
The comedian. This guy got tweeted about 500 times, and has the distinction of making the only funny tweet of the bunch.
"Their wins got vacated? No big deal. Penn State should just move to another school." - John Calipari— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) July 23, 2012
The guy that tweets like his namesake -- incomprehensibly.
NCAA gives Penn State the 'Calipari'— Rob Lowe Sports News (@RobLoweSports) July 23, 2012
The "Take me seriously, I use exclamation! points!" guy.
@arindru Never in football, bottom line is the NCAA is a monopoly who makes up the rules as they go and let people like Calipari run free!— Ryan J. Love (@Rlott22) July 23, 2012
The "Trying to be clever and failing is so much cooler than succeeding" guy.
The "They're all EEEEEvilll" guy.
None of these guys cares what happens after they leave.....see John Calipari if you don't believe me.— James Kaufman (@Jim_Kaufman) July 23, 2012