Maybe it’s the fact that Ryan Kesler’s had a little more time on his hands to learn this Twitter machine; maybe it’s that potential Canuck Owen Nolan is threatening Kesler’s default title as best Canuck tweeter by tweeting pictures of things he killed; or maybe it’s just the doldrums of August, when anything even remotely Canuck-related passes for solid gold. Whatever it is, Ryan Kesler’s Twitter account has really picked up of late. It’s actually become sort of interesting. Take, for example, yesterday’s interaction between Kesler and New York Jets’ center (and Sam Beam lookalike) Nick Mangold, who recently discovered the joys of interview bombing.
First, Mangold tweeted the photo below, in which he made a surprise appearance during a postgame interview with Mark Sanchez, briefly turning the scene into a potential poster for a football-themed Hangover 3.
Watch the clip of the bomb happening live. It’s pretty great, though Mangold could learn a thing or two from Kesler on savouring the moment. (Take your time with it, Nick. Don’t rush. Eat a slice of pizza. Take your shirt off.)
Like Kesler, who last season discovered the addictive power of the Keslurk, Mangold couldn’t quit at just one bomb. It was only a matter of time before he repeated the act, this time upping the ante with some hardcore mugging:
There’s no going back now.
Mangold crowed about his successful bombs over Twitter, but, while some chuckled, there was one athlete who remained unamused (or two, if you think Sanchez’s disapproving look above is meant for Mangold). Granted, Ryan Kesler hasn’t dropped a Keslurk in a great many moons, but the Canucks’ center was nonetheless irked to see Nick Mangold aping his material. And, unlike Louis C.K., Kesler made sure to say something about getting scooped, tweeting the following:
But Kesler should know by now that Mangold’s in too deep to give it up so easily. Mangold wasn’t about to back down, and he took the opportunity to tersely point out that Kesler didn’t have a trademark on existing.
He didn’t invent it, Nick. He perfected it.
Pretty snide words from Mangold. Fightin’ words, perhaps. Do we have an intersport Twitter flame war on our hands? We may. Better yet, do we have an epic interview bomb battle that might play itself out over the course of the impending NHL and NFL regular seasons, with both guys trying to one-up one another, night after night, until the only way to settle things is with a bomboff in a warehouse somewhere, scored by Michael Jackson and officiated by David Bowie? Please God yes.
Will this erupt into an all-singing, all-dancing gang feud, like in West Side Story? It could — one side is already called the Jets.
Edit for follow-up hilarity:
This morning’s tweet indicates that Mangold appears to have taken Kesler’s tongue-in-cheek tweet seriously.
Nothing stings more than being reminded Mark Sanchez doesn’t know who you are. Believe me. But it would appear that, despite the two athletes overlapping at 2003 at OSU, Mangold has no idea who Kesler is either.
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