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Overheard on Twitter: Sam Ficken Had a Bad Day

There are a lot of dumb people in the world, and a lot of these dumb people have Twitter accounts.

Twitter is good for a lot of things. I consume most of my news through Twitter, as it’s the most instantaneous route to accessing breaking news. With that said, Twitter is an open forum for anyone to spat whatever the hell comes to mind (in 140 characters or less, of course).

On Saturday afternoon, the Penn State football team lost on the road to Virginia 17-16 in a game that they dominated both offensively and defensively. On special teams, however, the Nittany Lions struggled mightily. Sophomore kicker Sam Ficken missed four field goals — one from just 20 yards and another with a chance to win the game as time expired — and had an extra point blocked.

Some people took to their Twitter accounts to express their– to put it lightly– displeasure with Ficken’s performance. Some actually mentioned Ficken (@sficken1) directly in their tweet. Others did not.

Below are some real gems from the dark depths of the twitterverse.

This fine fella, a Bloomsburg freshman (go Huskies!), offered these words of encouragement to Ficken.

Here, our friend Steve offers a more gentle approach!

 This genius demands answers! He’s going to take Ficken’s scholarship himself, or something. Godspeed, Cream Corn.

Our pal Chris (who appears to be in the US Air Force) looks to get the noble #fuckficken hashtag going.

Please Rachel! Get Grandma Rothstein to the September 19 walk-on tryouts!

Here, young Nate seems to take an interest in the size of Ficken’s genitalia.

The next few speak for themselves.



The tweets weren’t all bad. In fact, there are several hundred supportive and positive tweets directed at Ficken over the last few days from Penn State fans. In the end, there are always some out there that really know how to keep things in a proper perspective. For example, our buddy Chase Hughey had this gem to offer:

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks, Chase!

So yeah, you probably shouldn’t tell a 19 year old kid to kill himself on Twitter or you might end up looking like a dumbass in an Onward State post.

About the Author

Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.


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