The University of Pittsburgh's football program, fresh off an 8-5 season and a crushing loss to Northwestern (which was only the third bowl victory in the Wildcats' 140-year history), decided Sunday to pick a fight with Penn State.
And Penn State Twitter, as is required by Internet law, roasted Pitt right back.
Sunday afternoon, the Panthers' official Twitter account, @Pitt_FB, posted a winking emoji and a picture of return man Quadree Henderson running past a diving Joey Julius.
Why post it? The image of a prone Julius is from Pitt's 42-39 win over Penn State last September at Heinz Field. In the mind of many Pitt fans, that loss is supposed to erase 11 wins, an outright Big Ten title and playing in the most exciting Rose Bowl in its illustrious history, which the Nittany Lions lost on a walk-off field goal to a USC team that could be ranked top-3 in 2017.
Meanwhile, Pitt dropped the Pinstripe Bowl to Northwestern in Yankee Stadium. But, by all means, please do continue to play the "42-39" card for the next 25 years.
Still feeling its oats, Pitt a few minutes later went on to tweet out a stat about them serving up the only combined loss between Alabama and Clemson (Pitt won at Clemson in a really quite impressive victory):
Insulted by this egregious, targeted post (the Internet is a very, very serious place), Penn State Twitter decided to litter the Pitt football account with derisive pictures, vines, photoshops, gifs, mocking statements and more.
no idea how the team that won 11 games and won the big ten title will come back from this tweet with a winky face emoji in it https://t.co/VfYckCO1BT— Kiss From a Bowl (@bflip33) January 9, 2017
Unquestionably the best five-loss team in the country. https://t.co/AUpSIOAPS3— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) January 8, 2017
Pitt lost the pin stripe bowl in an empty stadium. @Pitt_FB— Joe Patoasterno (@PSUtoaster) January 9, 2017
.@Pitt_FB You're delusional, you're delusional— von (anthony) brooks (@de_Koonk) January 9, 2017
Boy you losing your mind
It's confusing yo, you confused you know
Why you wasting your time?
(I had to get one in there.)
When people started responding, the Pitt football Twitter account began blocking users left and right, employing the vaunted I-Am-Not-Perturbed-It's-Actually-Humorous-To-Me defense
i have been blocked by a division 1 football program. #blessed— Matt d (@PSUMatt2005) January 9, 2017
took them four minutes but this is the block i am most proud of pic.twitter.com/QEsLGdEpnr— Kiss From a Bowl (@bflip33) January 9, 2017
God almighty, the rematch on Sept. 9, 2017 at Beaver Stadium cannot come soon enough.