So the last time I talked about a Canuck player’s Twitter account, he wound up having to delete it, and I made my first enemy within the NHLPA. With that in mind, before I go any further, can we please, please, just make sure that doesn’t happen this time? Okay, good.
The Canucks announced today that Ryan Kesler underwent successful surgery to repair a labral tear that he suffered during game five of the Western Conference Final. You probably remember exactly what happened. Racing Dan Boyle for a puck, the entire lower half of Kesler’s torso exploded and his leg fell off. Then, he went to the dressing room, fashioned a new leg out of hockey sticks and tape, soldered it to his hipbone and returned, only to score the game-tying goal with thirteen seconds to go. Or at least that’s how fathers everywhere explained it to their kids.
Anyhow. Kesler’s recovery time is 10-12 weeks, meaning the Canucks will be without his services until November, at the earliest. (We’ll have more on what this means for Cody Hodgson later. But here’s a hint: his dark times may again have passed.) In the meantime, Kesler will have to spend a lot of time off his feet, which means he’ll have plenty of time to practice his tweeting. We’ve been critical of it in the past, and we haven’t been the only ones. Yesterday, after a particularly uninteresting tweet, Kesler got an earful from aggrieved follower @plunderinghawk, who snapped: you tweet once every week and this is what u give ur fans. take a page from @biznasty2point0.
Granted, Kesler doesn’t owe it to anybody — especially this guy — to make his Twitter account more interesting, and he’s likely incapable of making it as interesting as BizNasty’s (for instance, because he’s married), but Kesler takes Twiticism, like everything else, very, very seriously.
So he responded: hahaha sorry I got two kids and a family to look after I’ll try and treat more. How nice. An honest declaration that he’ll try to increase his TPW (tweets per week). But, instead of being encouraged (so long as he stays below @brucearthur’s astronomical TPW, any increase is fine with me) fans ripped him for tweeting “treat” instead of “tweet”.
No wonder Mike Duco deleted his Twitter account.
Anyway. Kesler had a little fun later on when he referenced TreatGate with this tweet:
Awesome. Not only did Kesler prove @plunderinghawk wrong (100 tweets divided by 52 weeks means he tweets twice a week, stupid), but he threw a little snark back at the spelling bee champions who expect him to entertain them flawlessly off the ice, as well as on.
This is, unless Kesler meant this tweet literally, as depicted in this comic by Chloe Ezra:
Seriously, who knew Kesler liked tweed so much? Only the photographer at his Firstar Sports shoot, who had to talk him out of that LL Bean blazer.
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