Vince Young Cut By the Buffalo Bills: 6 Awesome Things About VY's Twitter Account
It's hard to believe now that in April 2006, there was actually a legitimate debate nationally over whom the Texans should take with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft -- Mario Williams, Reggie Bush or Vince Young. It's less hard to believe that here in Houston, there was practically no debate. Most Houstonians (non-Aggie category) thought that, for many reasons (some football-related, some marketing-related, most David Carr-related), Vince Young should be the Texans' pick.
Hell, two years into their careers, the case for Vince actually still looked fairly strong. But eventually, Vince would prove that his mental toughness had a definitive shelf life (about two NFL seasons), as he was benched early in the 2008 season for Kerry Collins, who would go on to lead the Titans to a 13-3 record. Meanwhile, Williams was doing just enough in Houston to make the rest of the league think, "Hey, maybe he was worth the first pick overall!" (Hint: If you have to debate it, then he wasn't totally worth it.)
Fast-forward to Monday morning; two teams later and a teammate of Mario Williams, Vince Young was let go by the Buffalo Bills after a dismal audition for their backup quarterback job on Saturday in a 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The outing against the Steelers got off to an inauspicious start with Young throwing an interception on his first passing attempt, keeping the trend alive that he had started in Philadelphia last season when he threw a pick in his first attempt of the regular season in relief of Michael Vick.
It never really got any better on Saturday. Young finished 12-26 for 103 yards, and ended up throwing a second interception on top of the first one.
The Bills had seen enough, and they've finalized a trade with Seattle to bring in Tarvaris Jackson as the backup quarterback to incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. I'm not sure what the end point of a quarterback's career looks like, but if a team is willfully bringing in Tarvaris Jackson to replace you, safe to say you can probably see it from there.
From about 2008 on, it's been one thing after another with Vince, from his weird disappearance the day after being booed off his home field in a game against Jacksonville to his declaration on his first day as an Eagle that Philly had assembled a "dream team" (a "dream team" that would finish 8-8, by the way) to recent legal difficulties surrounding a $1.7 million "lockout loan" attributed to Young, but possibly taken out by his former handlers (who Young is now suing).
Young has made roughly $60 million in his career, but Lord only knows how much of it is left.
To Young's credit, he appears to be handling his ouster in Buffalo with the utmost class, as he gave thanks to the fans in Buffalo for the treatment he received in his short career as a Bill:
"I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season".— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 27, 2012
Of course, since I am fascinated by Twitter, what was going to be a more lengthy story about Vince Young getting cut, will now take the hard right turn into an analysis of his Twitter account. There are several awesome things about Vince Young's Twitter account. Six, to be exact, and they are as follows:
6. Let's start with his good-bye tweet above. Vince, for some reason, decided to put quotes around it. He does realize that he doesn't need to quote himself, right? Seriously, why did he decide to put quotes around that?!? I'm mesmerized by that. The sad thing is, I know there actually is zero reason that he did. Instead, he probably just put them there because punctuation felt right, or he'd seen a guy use quotes before or something.
5. The ironic part is that Vince's other tweets clearly show he is far from a punctuation addict. If anything, Vince Young spurns punctuation. If there were such thing as punctuation veganism, then clearly commas and semicolons would be Vince's red meat. To wit, in the last week, here are a couple of literally dozens of examples of Vince's disdain for proper literary technique:
GN everybody back to grinding in morning y'all do the same rememberwe aren't going to young all our life we have to plan for the future.— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 27, 2012
What's going on my good people hope everyone a great Sunday.— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 27, 2012
4. Conversely, it appears that if there were such a thing as punctuation veganism, then periods would be Vince's tofu and kale. Look at all those periods:
I will be taking questions later today after work talk to y'all soon..........— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 21, 2012
Stay positive and confident God bless have a wonderful day.........— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 21, 2012
Those periods really add suspense to the end of his tweets. They're like 140-character cliffhangers. Amazing.
3. Vince doesn't really understand how hashtags work:
Trill#— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 27, 2012
That tweet is the Twitter equivalent of wearing your jockstrap outside your pants.
2. And what can we say about Vince's avatar other than it is decidedly, well, Vince.
If there were prop bets on people's avatars, the odds on "Vince being shirtless" in his would be around -100,000. But my favorite part of this picture is how Vince has turned his torso into a quasi-sports jersey, with his epidermis serving as the moisture-wicking polyester mix.
I mean, does it get any better than Vince Young having "V. YOUNG" tattooed across his shoulders like the back of a game jersey? As if the rest of his relatives have similar markings on their bodies and we must discern which YOUNG is which via their tattooed names. Incidentally, if the YOUNG family does have such markings on their backs, then they just became the coolest "skins" team in "shirts and skins" playground basketball ever. EVER.
1. Probably time to change that background on the Twitter page, Vince. (As of Monday evening, it was still the Bills' logo.) Time will tell which NFL team he can change that to, if any. The end of the road may be here for the Legend of VY. We'll see if he has one last run in him (and by "run" I mean "holding a clipboard as a third-stringer") before he rides off into the autograph and memorabilia show sunset.
If he's looking for work next season, there is one team in town that has become a nice landing spot for past-their-prime former Longhorns starved for the spotlight -- I'm just not sure if the Sugar Land Skeeters would have a spot open for Vince.
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