This Week in Sports Social Media……we’re a day late but that’s because like the sports world, we’re busy enjoying the dog days of summer. Looking back, you can see while there’s not many big games to be had, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the sun.
Shaq still parties hard – lets be clear.
Shaq is huge. He’s very generously listed at 325 lbs on Wikipedia and he’s fast approaching 50-years-old but to look at the guys social media is one of the best things during this time of year. During the offseason when he’s not ripping on or getting ripped by Charles Barkley on NBA broadcasts, the dude is a legit DJ but taking things further, he parties HARD. Pretty sure we’d run from any mosh pit with him in it.
Manny wins again, Kawhi gets clowned again
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 21, 2019
Speaking of the fountain of youth, Manny Pacquiao at 40 years young seems to have one going in the Philippines as he beat Keith Thurman, a decade his junior, for a random belt that we can’t tell apart from another one. Can’t say we tuned in but social media sure did, mostly picking up the fact that for some reason Kawhi Leonard was ringside seated with the Pac Man’s fam resulting in some amazing social media gems poking fun at everything from the usual joy expressed on #2’s face to some great fan heckling.
Some dude gets Genie ink
While Manny and Shaq age gracefully, we can’t say the same for this dude who randomly got a massive Genie Bouchard portrait inked on his forearm. Genie of course ate it up on social media and sure she hasn’t thrilled us on the court in some time, but she still manages to have an amazingly loyal fan base plus she ensures us she’s working hard at the tennis thing with a good beach workout every now and then.
Vlad hits his first slam
Hey listen, we told you that sports gets slow in the summer time so we can’t give you baseball all the time, especially since the Jays aren’t particularly good at winning games but we swear they have promise and this year, Vlad Jr reminded us all of it again when he belted his first career Grand Slam against the Tigers in Detroit. Sure he broke a record or two in the process but lord knows this kid will keep knocking ’em out of the park for a long time so just remember we were there when it all started.
Remembering Halladay: Doc gets his plaque
Speaking of seeing great things start, we’ll never forget when Roy Halladay was a rookie pitching in another meaningless game in another lost Jays season vs the Tigers when magic nearly happened. With young Doc working a no-hit gem into the top of the 9th vs the Tigers at the Skydome with two outs, he gave up a homer to someone we’ll never remember. He still got the W and a one-hitter but what really followed was the career of one of the greatest Blue Jays of all time. Twenty-one years later Halladay was enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and while we unfortunately lost him to a tragic single-passenger plane crash in 2017, his wife Brandy honoured the man with a speech that can only be described as special, like the man himself. Watch it and we dare you not to cry.