Nick Mangold challenges Ryan Kesler’s title as champion interview bomber

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.

From left to right: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms.

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.

My blog is writing itself.

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16 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    August 31, 2011

    What, kesler can’t appreciate a fellow artist?
    Interesting how something this funny has sparked potentially violent conflict.
    “Bomboff…two will enter the warehouse. Only one will survive.”
    Nick Mangold doesn’t have a chance.

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  2. J21
    August 31, 2011

    From left to right: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms.

    Ha ha! Gold!

    I assume that Kesler’s comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, though am a bit less sure that Mangold’s response it. I was wondering if Mangold would even know who Kesler is, but I see that they’re both OSU alumni of the same age — is it possible they’re actually pals or friendly rivals?

    Either way, I am guessing that HFBoards now has about sixteen threads (thirteen of them locked) saying “OMG, Ryann Kessler is such a punk! Chek out waht he sed to Jim Fangold of the New York Giants!!!1! What a looser totaly classless!!1!!”

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    • Harrison Mooney
      August 31, 2011

      Yeah, it seems like Kesler was kidding and Mangold didn’t quite pick up on it. But you can never quite tell with online communication.

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      • J21
        August 31, 2011

        And with your follow up screen captures, it’s like Mangold read my thoughts!

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  3. tom
    August 31, 2011

    pretty good guys. pretty good.

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  4. Matt
    August 31, 2011

    Surely it was all meant to be tongue in cheek? I mean, I know Kesler is serious, but not THAT serious, surely.

    Mangold does seem to have taken a fairly innocuous comment pretty badly.

    I think he just called Kesler ugly too. Hmm…

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  5. dandonkers
    August 31, 2011

    But guys, this is exactly the thing we’ve been waiting for to make Kesler’s tweets interesting. INTERNET FIGHT! Which I guess we could shorten to INTERFIGHT!

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  6. S!
    August 31, 2011

    OH MAN. They are totally going to fight and then realize it was all a big misunderstanding and that they actually are on the same side. Then they will awesomely team-up to eat pizza and be shirtless in the background of an interview with Lex Luthor who they will also punch in the face because he stole forty cakes and that’s terrible.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      August 31, 2011

      That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible.

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  7. Rachael
    August 31, 2011

    If you had asked me who Mark Sanchez was before all this twitter biz, I would have answered, “Isn’t he married to Kelly Rippa?”

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  8. GM11
    August 31, 2011

    So did Wyshynski just copy your article, add some of his patented passive aggressive Canucks hate, and pass it off as his own on Puckdaddy? I hope he’s paying you well.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      August 31, 2011

      He is, thank you.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        August 31, 2011

        Yeah, that can’t possibly be misinterpreted…

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        • Harrison Mooney
          August 31, 2011

          Nepotism! Inbreeding!

          I have discovered this week how many Canucks fans hate Puck Daddy for a perceived bias against them. Who knew?

          Anyway, GM11, I think Wysh’s article was similar to mine because we reported the same story. Nothing more to it than that. I don’t even officially start working there until tomorrow.

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          • Noodle
            September 1, 2011

            I don’t really see a anti-Canucks bias, Though sometimes his articles seem to reflect the prevailing mood about the team. Which is understandable.
            It’s a good blog (though not as good as this one!). Congrats on the new position Harrison!

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  9. Chicky
    September 1, 2011

    You’ve struck gold. GOLD I tell you! Where’s Yukon Cornelious and his axe when you need him?

    Awesome. We watch a LOT of NFL in our house, it’s going to be a great Fall.

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