So I’ll just tell you flat out-the “Hunter Pence Signs” meme is the best I’ve seen from sports fans in, like, ever.
Are you not familiar? Perhaps it’s time to study up.
The concept is simple. You make fun of a player to get them going, but it’s only mildly insulting. It’s mostly just good comedy. I mean, even Hunter Pence himself got in on it Thursday.
The meme (like everything else that happens on the interwebs) has gone viral. In fact, it showed up Wednesday night in Toronto where the Baltimore Orioles were facing the Blue Jays. From Jays fan “Mr. Zach Palmer” on Twitter…
Classic all around.
“Chris Davis wears socks and sandals.” “Chris Davis puts mayo on fries.” Excellent.
The concept is that you’re not really making fun of the guy. In fact, it’s a bit endearing. It’s like a way of showing respect. “We don’t really have anything mean to say about you so instead we made some stuff up.”
So we’ve decided to have fun with it on “The Reality Check”. We want to continue the meme this weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals are coming to town, so we’ve decided to make outfielder Matt Holliday our “victim”.
The game is easy to play. All you have to do it be funny and clever in coming up with your insults. The best one will win a pair of tickets to The Hot August Music Festival (featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek and Dr. Dog) next Saturday at Oregon Ridge.
I’ve already gotten a BUNCH. Some of the highlights…
Brad-“Matt Holliday doesn’t like Christmas”
Patrick-“Matt Holliday likes Hangover III”
Dean-“Matt Holliday changed his walk-up music to “Wrecking Ball”
Ed-“Matt Holliday dots his autograph with a smiley face”
Mark-“Matt Holliday cried during Marley and Me”
Steve-“Matt Holliday takes his fruitcake without walnuts”
Kerry-“Matt Holliday uses AOL”
Doug-“All of Matt Holliday’s albums are best of collections”
Greg-“Matt Holliday thinks Skip Bayless is always right”
Chris-“Matt Holliday stays out after 9pm on school nights”
Mark-“Matt Holliday thinks Michael Bay is underappreciated”
Lee-“Matt Holliday leans over the glass when ordering his burrito”
Syd-“Matt Holliday still uses payphones”
Joe-“Matt Holliday drafted Blaine Gabbert as his fantasy quarterback”
Jon-“Matt Holliday likes Nickelback”
GP-“Matt Holliday rooted for Apollo Creed”
Even our own Ryan Chell-“Matt Holliday thinks Andy Dalton is underpaid”
And Patrick is probably the leader in the clubhouse right now with “Matt Holliday still checks his MySpace”.
That’s just a sampling. We got hundreds during the show. I was going to include more but I’m writing this while sitting at the Ravens game and got bored. Blame the NFL.
We want yours. Be timely. Be clever. Be creative. Be MILDLY insulting without being cutting. Put it on an actual posterboard and you’ll get extra points!
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @WNST with your best Matt Holliday insults. We hope you’ll take your signs to the stadium this weekend and share them with the masses.
“Matt Holliday enjoys preseason football” is off limits. That one is mine.