Best and Worst of the SEC on Twitter: 4/23/2016 Edition

The Best and Worst of the SEC on Twitter, it’s a good way to shake things up.

The Best and Worst of the SEC on Twitter is a way to show student-athletes, students and alumni of the SEC at their very best and some of the low-lights.  It is meant to showcase the accomplishments and insightful commentary of SEC student-athletes and alumni promoted through social media along with some moronic comments and actions of SEC fans along with some other unusual items.  This should inspire hope, pride, dread, sadness, confusion and even embarrassment.  Expect the whole gamut of reactions when reading this.  Every institution will be represented on both sides, just to be fair.  The accomplishments and embarrassments may vary GREATLY.  As far as the accomplishments are concerned, this is exactly what the SEC Network does not do.

The Best of SEC Twitter – 4/23/2016

Alabama

It is a bit of a gross story, but it happens to be one that is both uplifting and a cautionary tale about cleaning contact lenses. This is a tale of determination and eventual triumph of modern medicine.

Arkansas

The CPA exam is not easy.  This is quite an accomplishment.

Auburn

This is a great way for students to connect with their local communities.  Filing Federal and State Income Taxes can be rather complex and daunting for many.  The complicated nature of completing tax forms provides benefits to those that understand what they are reading and punishes those that are far less savvy.  Tax preparation services take a significant chunk out of tax refunds (the money that was already the taxpayers’ anyway – refunds do not come from the sky!) and not everyone has easy access to technological resources to be able to use TurboTax.

Florida

Orange Theory Fitness is spreading across the country, it was founded by a University of Florida alumnus.

Georgia

This is cool.  Who said this sort of stuff was reserved for Georgia Tech and Purdue anyway?  The SmallSat Research Lab is teaching students that are interested in spacecraft to build a miniature spacecraft.  Launching this spacecraft into low earth orbit would give UGA a permanent presence in outer space to collect data and images.  Upon completion, one can say that the University of Georgia is truly out of this world.

Kentucky

Heart disease is a common killer in today’s society due to a multitude of reasons.  Health screenings by UK students in the College of Pharmacy provide an opportunity for ordinary Kentuckians that are in more impoverished areas of the Bluegrass State to get a better idea of their health status and make the proper lifestyle changes to thwart Heart Disease.

LSU

Mississippi State

How about 574 miles of range and 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds?

Missouri

This is an initiative that enables MU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to borrow professional business attire for free.

Ole Miss

Encouraging students at Ole Miss to create businesses, make Mississippi their home and bolster the economy of the State of Mississippi.

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas A&M

Vanderbilt

From helping musicians and artists determine the most appropriate business entity to assisting those with issues concerning debt collection, Vanderbilt Law students are working to use technology for the purposes of navigating complex and intimidating legal procedures.

The Worst of SEC Twitter 

This is sadly much easier to find.  Filtering through this was the challenge.

Alabama

Why do this?  It’s a bit gross and completely unnecessary.  From a distance, one might (wrongly) think she is a cyborg. Although technically those with pacemakers are cyborgs, but that’s another matter.

Arkansas

That’s one crazy tale to tell the insurance company!

Auburn

The closure of the War Eagle Supper Club should be considered a very personal loss for those that attended Auburn and for those that enjoyed Auburn Nightlife for road games.  They truly lived up to their  “Cold Beer, Hot Rock, No Mercy.” slogan.  A bottle of beer from their fridge was typically kept at an extremely cold temperature, it is almost shocking to the touch.  The Shot Bus had the infamous, potent and tasty “Tebow’s Tears” shot that has lasted through the years.  The Slush Bus is no longer.  The music stopped.  The beer warmed.  GONE.

Florida

Try explaining this on a job interview.  Just try.  In the comments below, see if you can find a way to spin this one.

Georgia

Oh my gosh!  People have safe sex in this world!  Did you know that the University of Georgia Health Center gives out condoms discreetly?  Now you know! 

Kirby Smart’s reaction to the rather standard rider requests was about as bad as it gets.  This outrage over condoms and alcohol is rather ridiculous and feeds into ugly stereotypes that can easily be politicized.  Much of Ludacris’ request seems like he needed to go grocery shopping and decided to have the UGA Athletic Association do it for him.

Would the rider and payment for a country star be examined as closely?  

Kentucky

It’s a little bit old, but this was a hashtag that actually existed a month ago.  Really?  Fire a Hall of Fame Coach?

LSU

Let’s just hope they use ‘Geaux Tigers’ or even yell ‘Tiger Bait’ a bit more in social situations.  #STTDB is not exactly friendly and saying it in public may hurt a professional reputation.  Let’s hope this does not become a new tradition.  This is a school that one generation ago chanted “Homosexual” at Christian Laettner to the tune of the Seminole War Chant.  If it is any consolation, Laettner made more money in his NBA career than entire sections of fans in that crowd could ever earn in their lifetime.

According to scientific studies, there is no evidence that the consumption of a male tiger’s phallus is an aphrodisiac.  Modern pharmaceutical efforts through medications such as Viagra are becoming more popular in China due to their effectiveness and weakening the demand for tiger phalli.  Tiger, deer, turtle and bull phalli are also part of soup and rice wine in parts of China and Southeast Asia.   Bull phallus soup is also popular as a “hangover cure” in Bolivia, which should make Evo Morales proud.  LSU also plays a song called “Chinese Bandits”, does it have to do with Tiger Phalli?  Likely not, but it certainly takes the discussion full circle back to LSU.

Mississippi State

There’s not much to say here.  Maybe the most unusual of #sororitygirlprobs.

Missouri

The Academic Hall of the University of Missouri was the main building for the university until 1892, when it burned down and left six columns in its wake.  The Columns are a symbol of the University of Missouri.  The school survived a fire, but can the school survive a massive drop in enrollment next year, a polarized student body and a powder keg sort of environment?

Who wants to deal with this?  Regardless of what side of this conflict one is on, nobody wants to willingly put themselves into this war zone.

Ole Miss

What went wrong here?

  1. Took the Finebaum bait.
  2. Assuming a National Championship game appearance in April.
  3. Smack talking as a response to an actual topic of discussion.  This is not the path to being taken seriously.

This comment from an Ole Miss fan was completely mindboggling…

Compare the Andy Kennedy era at Ole Miss to any other coach at Ole Miss.  Pitiful?  Pitiful?

Ole Miss was pitiful before Andy Kennedy took over the reins in Oxford.  Four straight losing seasons under Rod Barnes.  Rob Evans had four lackluster seasons before having two winning seasons and bailing on Ole Miss.  Andy Kennedy is the perfect example of sustained success, no matter what the circumstances – his teams win.  NCAA Tournament is not a guarantee, but his teams win and play a very entertaining style of basketball.

South Carolina

When is it not OK?  Supporting the team is supposed to be taboo?

Tennessee

So many different explanations with this one.  Here are five possibilities.  Feel free to offer up one in the comments below:

  1. He was in prison and joined a White Supremacist Gang to prevent getting beat up.
  2. He’s a White Supremacist that never went to prison that was dressing down for the Tennessee game.
  3. He was pulling for the White Team in the Orange & White Game and has little understanding of the permanence of tattoos.
  4. His last name is ‘White’ and it is possible that in his mind “White Power” meant something along the line of “O’Doyle Rules”.
  5. He lost a bet to someone and now has to carry the shame of a White Supremacist tattoo.

Being a part of any racial purity group correlates rather well with a lower socioeconomic class and a poor quality of life.  A tattoo like this man placed on himself has negative consequences as far as career prospects and serves as a message of hostility.  It is also quite odd that he would sport such a tattoo and support a team in public that is comprised mostly of Black student-athletes. 

Texas A&M

When making a criticism always get facts straight.  This was not from a Texas A&M fan, but it was concerning a Texas A&M alumnus.  Louie Gohmert went to Texas A&M for Undergraduate Studies and Baylor University for his Juris Doctorate.  Texas A&M acquired Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2013 and the school is located in Fort Worth, Texas.

There’s a level of dedication here and sadness as well.  Nobody’s making small replicas of Pavlov’s in Columbia, The Boar’s Head in Athens or The Houndstooth in Tuscaloosa.

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt alumni are rather classy, intelligent people.  It is tough to find an irrational, crazed or terribly embarrassing thing that a Vanderbilt student or alumnus would say or do. Maybe a strange comment from Willie Geist will fit the bill?

It’s like Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis did not exist.

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