By Matt Schneidman | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: October 18, 2018 at 6:02 am The real Jon Gruden has disappointed this season, to say the least, but the fake Jon Gruden has been right on point. While the 55-year-old trades his best player, leads the Raiders to an underwhelming 1-5 start and inspires fans to make a website counting down the milliseconds until his 10-year contract expires, a 26-year-old public relations and content specialist at a real estate investment firm in Ohio takes advantage. Justin Greear created the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account before the 2014 season, after his Tim Tebow parody account ran out of gas with Tebow fading from the spotlight. Greear picked Gruden as another iconic personality the masses knew from his gig as Monday Night Football color commentator, and the account gained 100,000 followers in just three months. Now @Faux_Gruden has over 348,000 followers, combining … [Read more...] about Who’s behind the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account?
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After the Denver Broncos' latest gut-twisting loss, this time to the Los Angeles Rams, one of the NFL's best teams, embattled head coach Vance Joseph delivered a grammatically challenged axiom: "There's no moral victories."At the same time, however, the folks who handle the Broncos' social media were essentially claiming just the opposite. One tweet after the game clock hit zero began, "Never gave up," while another maintained that "In three of our four losses, we had legitimate chances to win in the fourth quarter."And yet the squad failed to do so in every case — which is why Broncos fans on Twitter continue to call for Joseph to be given his walking papers.I attended yesterday's contest, as proven by my toes, which are just starting to get their feeling back. When I saw the forecast of temperatures in the twenties for Sunday afternoon, I told my daughter Lora, who purchased the tickets for the two of us as a Father's Day gift back when we were both filled with delusional … [Read more...] about Broncos Fans on Twitter Still Want Vance Joseph Fired After Loss to Rams
There’s little that private citizens can do to protect themselves from fake or “parody” accounts on Twitter. Leon Neal/Getty Images Peter Strzok, the FBI agent recently fired for the crime of ragging on the president in a series of text messages to his mistress, joined Twitter on August 13, shortly after his dismissal was announced. But strangely, an account bearing his name has been registered on the site since May 2016. The real Strzok has been subdued on Twitter, posting only twice: once to acknowledge his firing and to post a GoFundMe link to cover his legal defense, and once to thank the American people for their support. And he certainly has a ton of support: America’s anti-Trump digital resistance has fallen over itself to canonize Strzok, even though his posts were boring as hell. But the other Peter Strzok hasn’t been quite as reserved.“I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will … [Read more...] about Fake Peter Strzok Account Highlights Twitter’s Apathy Toward Impersonators
In 2018, nothing on the internet is safe from political strife – not even pets. And dogs, as most Twitter users have found, are the sought-after mouthpieces behind the most contentious issues. These virtual dogs bark, growl and aren’t afraid to get dirty in Twitter’s chaotic political battleground, while simultaneously playing upon humans’ affinity for cuteness. Behold, political pet Twitter: an emerging ecosystem of satirical accounts for fictional animals that take on distinct political leanings. It’s an alternate universe full of alt-right dog politics, a community of MAGA-wearing, gun-loving pets and a stream of angry capitalized barks by a watchdog keen to sniff out online racism. Each account offers political and social commentary under the guise of an adorable avatar, and while some are used for parody and others are reserved for a specific purpose, each is carefully curated to distinguish its own tone and content. Racism Watchdog is known for its … [Read more...] about Dogs are good boys, but on Twitter, they’re being used to make political statements
All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.In Wednesday's episode, Carriker talks to Faux Pelini about sharing a cat with Bo Pelini, the spring game moment, Carl Pelini, adventures of a parody Twitter account and more.Want more Chronicles? Follow Carriker on Twitter and Facebook and sign up to get an email whenever a new show is posted. When Adam Carriker talks, you'll want to listen. Get every episode of the "Carriker Chronicles" in your inbox. Here's a transcript of today's show:Welcome everybody to the Carriker Chronicles, the people’s show where each and every day I'm checking the pulse of Husker Nation brought to you by the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Today I am joined by the man, or the account, however you … [Read more...] about Carriker Chronicles: Faux Pelini on sharing a cat with Bo Pelini, Twitter tales and more