I thought this was prevalent to our class and since it deals with Memes and Twitter. Funny nonetheless too!
ESPN writer Bill Williamson wrote an innocent article Sunday about NFL quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos, which has sparked an entirely unexpected viral backlash in its comments.
Tebow’s inconsistency as a passer has led to much derision from NFL fans, and was the topic of Williamson’s article. The story now receives what seems to be several comments per second. The post’s commenters have even sparked their own twitter hashtag, #occupytebow.
The comments follow a set rhythm, inserting things that are “better than” Tebow using the “fill-in-the-blank > Tebow” format. Some of the tech-related (and more politically correct) examples that have been posted include Netflix, dial-up modems, Rebecca Black’s singing career and asking for an RT from a celebrity.
Tebow, who was only recently named starter of his NFL team, has already been in the public spotlight for several years. A former University of Florida standout, he led the Gators to two BCS National Championships, and was the first underclassman to win the Heisman trophy, which is awarded to the best college football player in the country.
This is not the first time the player has created an Internet trend. During the 2009 BCS Championship Game, Tebow painted “John 3:16″ on his eye paint. As a result, 92 million people searched for the passage on Google during or shortly after the game.SEE ALSO: How Social Media is Changing the NFL
More recently, his mid-game moments of prayer have generated an Internet meme, Tebowing. A popular Tumblr was created, which defines Tebowing (“to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different”) and gives people a place to post their own pictures.