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“You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl.” Is that a byline for the 1992 cinematic masterpiece “Wayne’s World” or a description of social media as we know it? (Answer: It’s both.)
2014 had a helluva lot of social media news, both good and bad. In this post, we look back at the lighter side of the medium. Later on we’ll cover the more controversial issues that grabbed our attention.
10. Buckle Up Baby
This little Penguins fan, Ty, is about as intense as they come. If the Penguins win another Stanley Cup in his lifetime, he just might explode.
9. Gustl Kopitar, the NHL’s most adorable dog
There are so many pictures of Anze Kopitar’s dog Gustl, it’s difficult to pick just one. We’ve seen the one of him eating out of a mini Stanley Cup with his poppa. Here’s one of the eager little guy waiting for his dad to get done with work for the day. (Side note: Dustin Brown also has a Goldendoodle, and no one seems to care.)
— ChrismahanukwanziKat (@RunsOnDuncan) October 17, 2014
8. Sochi’s toilet situation
Never heard of the guy who tweeted this, but it drew massive attention across the sports world. It even earned the author Sports Illustrated’s Sports Media Tweet of the Year honors. Best of luck to this guy and his sports career.
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It’s this. Without question … it’s … THIS. pic.twitter.com/1jj05FNdCP
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 4, 2014
Hertl continues to acclimate himself to American culture, and we’re all lucky to witness the process. After teammate Matt Nieto took Hertl to D&B for the first time, the young Sharks forward was in love. So much so that he went back BY HIMSELF and amassed a small army of friends from his winnings.
Hertl’s winnings at Dave & Busters pic.twitter.com/pD4gkQhNCV
— Ann Frazier (@annfrazi) April 22, 2014
6. @NHLonNBCSports tweets a question that blows our minds (it was later deleted)…
The real Jay Feaster, you know, the former Calgary Flames GM, took to Twitter to pour salt into the open, oozing wounds of the Edmonton Oilers. He later clarified his tweet was meant to be lighthearded and just poking a little fun. Sure it was, Jay. Sure. It. Was.
— Jay Feaster (@therealjfeaster) December 4, 2014
4. Teemu Selanne’s son designates Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau for assignment
Boudreau made the decision to healthy scratch the elder statesman, Selanne, for Game 4 of the Ducks series against Dallas. Of course the decision was met with much debate, and it was amped up further after Selanne’s teenage son tweeted the following (which was later deleted).
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News wrote a piece earlier in the year discussing the NHL having a LeBron-esque figure that could go ‘home’ one day to play. One of the players mentioned was Steven Stamkos and the possibility he could return home to Toronto. When THN’s Twitter account promoted the story, Stamkos added it to his list of favorites. LET THE RAMPANT AND UNNECESSARY SPECULATION BEGIN!
2. Sidney Crosby’s lovely hockey lump/mumps
Nothing like a superstar with an obvious case of the mumps acting like all is normal…
The right side of Sidney Crosby’s face was … different … today: pic.twitter.com/8gVmXU8c19
— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) December 12, 2014
1. Luongo Kardashian
It’s…well…wow…ok, there are no words.
Let me tell ya…. Wasn’t easy holding that stick there with all that oil on…… pic.twitter.com/eV0gHgXLOQ
— Strombone (@strombone1) November 13, 2014