Every week we will be taking a Stroll Through Twitterland to see what people were saying about that Saturday's game. Since we don't have a game to recap this week, I thought I would take everyone through an event that happened Friday that makes Twitter so much fun. I'm talking about the firing of Tim Beckman of course. You're all probably wondering what that has to do with a Gopher blog but bare with me and you will soon see. I lost at least a good hour of production of work when news of this broke because I couldn't stop laughing at my TL. Yes, there are trolls on Twitter and there are some extremely mean spirited things said on Twitter but it can also be a really fun forum when used properly. What took place Friday may fall in line with both of those categories depending on your perspective; to me it was a glorious display of a good old fashioned ribbing and it all started with #Brew4Illini. So let's take a stroll down the rabbit hole shall we.
As soon as soon as the Beckman news broke it was only a matter of time before Gopher fans came out of the woodwork to suggest our favorite former coach should be considered for the Illini job. These are a few of my favorites.
@Crocshots had this to say:
THERE IS ONLY ONE MAN WHO CAN LEAD HIS ALMA MATER TO THE ROSE BOWL ONCE AGAIN. #BREW4ILLINI— 3 DAYS!!! (@Crocshots) August 28, 2015
@JDmill came through with a beauty that I think summed up what every single Gopher football fan was feeling.
If the football deities have ANY love for the rest of us whatsoever, #Brew4Illini will be a real thing that happens.— jdmill (@jdmill) August 28, 2015
Well played @JDmill. Well played.
Sometimes the material just writes itself as @FromTheBarn used Brew's own words against him. How did we fall for this stuff anyway?!?
The Illini chili is cold. #brew4illini will make it TREMENDOUSLY hot.— Jonathan Foster (@FromTheBarn) August 28, 2015
@bradt42 proves a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
@bradt42 provides another photo that makes me question how we all fell for this stuff.
@FrothyGopher reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts.
At least your AD didn't sexually harass a beat reporter, Illinois. That's more or less the only bright spot I can find.— Frothy (@FrothyGopher) August 28, 2015
@HS_BHGP asks a serious question about a coach with this type of resume.
How does Illinois NOT hire a man who won the 2001 Big 12 South title. No, not Mack Brown. The real man behind it. pic.twitter.com/HnpeeD4VGY— Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) August 28, 2015
Ok, last one as @MvofDT sums up what we were all truly thinking when a team as dysfunctional as the Illini fire their coach a week before their first game.
LOLOLOLOLOLOL— Matt Humbert (@MVofDT) August 28, 2015
Now that we have gotten that schadenfreude out of the way, lets take a step back, be thankful and wish the man who changed the Gopher program's culture (and who gave us hope) a happy birthday.
A very Happy Birthday to the one and only Coach Kill! pic.twitter.com/tQi7t12lmu— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) August 24, 2015
Tune in next week as there will actually be a game to discuss and our Stroll Through Twitterland will be more Gopher-centric. I just couldn't help but show some examples of what makes Twitter so much fun most of the time.