It started out harmless. But, as often happens with Curt Schilling, a simple congratulations for his daughter heading off to play college softball quickly devolved into a pseudo-Twitter meltdown.

The former Red Sox great isn't winning any trophies for his skill at de-escalating conflict and rising above critics who are clearly out to get his goat. Fortunately, that makes for good entertainment.

Here's how it began:

Naturally, that lent itself to being picked on by some Internet men who wanted Schilling to know they would "take care" of his daughter.

Schilling did get a little support:

But for the most part he was on his own.

That would count as a rough afternoon for most people. But for Schilling, it's a day like any other.

The NBA's trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon, and for a while it seemed like the day might be fairly quiet.

Then the dam broke. In the last 20 minutes for teams to make trades, a tsunami of activity changed the NBA landscape. Phoenix shipped out half of its roster, including Goran Dragic to Miami and Isaiah Thomas to Boston. Philadelphia decided its 12-40 record was too good, so it unloaded several promising young players in exchange for picks. The Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets made serious upgrades for a playoff run this year, while the Milwaukee Bucks cemented their status as a team with incredible long-term potential.

Here is Yahoo basketball guru Adrian Wojnarowski reacting to all the activity that happened right at the trade deadline:

So yeah: Things got a bit crazy.

One of the biggest trades of the day has much more to do with legend and legacy than it does with competitive basketball. Kevin Garnett wasn't on a serious playoff contender with the Brooklyn Nets, but he's fine being traded to one of the league's worst teams because it means going home. Per his agent:

Meanwhile, Wolves starting point guard Ricky Rubio is curled up somewhere with a bowl of popcorn, geeking out on his Twitter updates -- and new teammate:

Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins was another of the names moved just minutes before the deadline. He was traded to the Utah Jazz, where he's expected to be waived, allowing him to join another playoff contender:

Perkins wasn't the only player Oklahoma City moved at the deadline. Fellow Thunder teammate Reggie Jackson proved himself to be a strong NBA player, but the Thunder's current financial obligations mean it can't afford to keep him when his current deal expires after this season. So the team flipped him to Detroit -- all while Jackson was out cold.

In Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams was seen as the closest thing the Sixers had to a star. The second-year player and former rookie of the year was seen as a cornerstone of the franchise's future -- at least until he was unceremoniously shipped to Milwaukee. And poor MCW was completely blindsided:

MCW's teammate, meanwhile, doesn't even understand enough of what's transpired to have an opinion:

Embiid's confusion is understandable, given by all of the Sixers' movement. But that hasn't stopped him from quickly being turned into a meme:

Finally, with the dust settling on one of the more furious trading deadlines in NBA history, it looks like a lot of talent has been either unloaded on rebuilding teams in the East or sent to title contenders trying to increase their weapons ahead of the playoffs. Jazz center Rudy Gobert on all the change:

Pretty spot-on assessment, Rudy. Now if you'll excuse us, we need to figure out if there's still anyone left to play basketball in Philly.

If you're listening, Russell Wilson, take note: Lolo Jones does not agree with you on Fifty Shades of Grey.

In a Twitter hot-take that could have targeted the Seahawks quarterback, Jones slammed the '50 Shades of Grey' movie and its fans who dismiss its content as harmless. The movie is an adaptation of a romance novel that heavily features erotic sexual practices including bondage and masochism.

Jones, who is a devout Christian, doesn't see any good in the movie.

It's unclear if Jones was directly responding to Wilson, who attended a showing of the movie and tweeted out that he thought it was a "great" movie. Wilson is also a Christian, and Jones could be suggesting that Wilson is off-base by assuming such a movie is accepting within their shared belief system.

In fairness to Jones, there are plenty of people both religious and non-religious who have condemned the movie for promoting abuse or creating a channel for men to entice women into potentially dangerous sexual practices. Supporters of the movie have said that the Fifty Shades of Grey does no such thing, and can't be blamed if people interpret its content the wrong way.

Lolo Jones is resolute in her stance.

The best-case scenario is that Jones' barbs prompt a long, never-to-be-resolved Twitter feud between herself and Wilson. If that comes to fruition, then Fifty Shades of Grey will have at least one positive line to add on its resume.

Jameis Winston has taken some heat for a photo circulating online that seems to show him with a surprising amount of belly fat. Even though his stomach is accentuated by a belt strapped tightly around his weight, Winston has been assaulted with criticisms that he is letting himself get out of shape and jeopardizing his status in the upcoming NFL draft.

Whether that's true is now irrelevant. Resident overweight quarterback Jared Lorenzen decided to chime in on the matter, posting a side-by-side comparison of himself and Winston:

Those who aren't familiar with Lorenzen might write him off, but that would be a mistake. Despite his struggles with weight -- Lorenzen is 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds -- he was a star quarterback at the University of Kentucky, breaking the all-time passing yards mark set by former No. 1 overall pick Tim Couch. Lorenzen also backed up Eli Manning for four seasons and won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

Despite his size, Lorenzen has a fantastic arm and is incredibly mobile. He continued to play quarterback for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, part of the Continental Indoor Football League, until a severe leg injury last year.

Some highlights of Lorenzen's big-bodied quarterbacking are below. It's not exactly encouragement for Winston to let his figure go, but it's proof that big men can still chuck a pigskin.

Happy Fat Tuesday.

Magic Johnson isn't shy about dispensing advice where he sees fit. In his estimation, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III needs some help getting his act together.

And Magic knows what he needs. From the NBA Hall of Famer's point of view, RG3 has been consumed with focus on his brand, even as his performance on the football field has suffered. A big part of his problem? Social media, says Magic.

"I don't want to see him on social media," Johnson said on ESPN Radio earlier this week. "I don't want him to talk about his workouts, lifting weights, because, oh, he's great. What I want him to do is show me that he's working on his technique to be a better football player and a better quarterback.

"That's the only thing I want to see, because that's what everybody's going to judge him by.”

A lot of people have felt it was their place to chime in on Griffin's practice and preparation habits, and his play has done nothing to stifle those criticisms. But Griffin also has a reputation of being quietly combative and adopting a me-against-the-world mindset.

Johnson went on to explain that, for as brand-savvy as anyone might be, branding only goes so far. The biggest strides, meanwhile, are made on the field. he points to Tom Brady has a fantastic brand, but that it was developed solely through his on-field success. Thanks to his product as a proven winner and great quarterback, Brady now enjoys a personal brand that carries beyond the gridiron.

That's the kind of brand with staying power. And Griffin, he points out, is a long, long way from reaching that point.

It isn't clear if Griffin heard Magic's comments about him, but even if he didn't, he posted a fairly telling picture to Instagram the day after Magic's interview:

First Work Out Done. Work. #NuffSaid

A photo posted by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on

Not long after, Griffin also used social media to announce his wife's pregnancy. Hard to fault him for his excitement. But if he wants his kid to grow up the child of an NFL starter, he's got some progress to make.

As his Kentucky Wildcats boarded the plane for a game at LSU, John Calipari thought he had everyone accounted for. But when they landed in Louisiana, Calipari realized something bad had happened.

The team was short one player.

It turned out that Kevin McCallister Trey Lyles, a 7-year-old boy freshman from suburban Chicago Saskatoon, Canada, was not with the team.

Let me stop you right there, John. We've heard this story before.

Anyways, Calipari quickly hit the ground searching for Kevin Trey. He called upon Twitter for help, fearing Kevin Trey had been left all alone in a suburban mansion Lexington, Kentucky.

Then rumors began to swirl that Kevin Trey had been found:

And then, rest easy, they found Kevin Trey. Turns out he was there the whole time.

Still waiting on the tweet where Calipari chews Trey out for spending $967 on room service.

The Cavaliers pushed their winning streak to 12 Thursday night by hammering the Clippers 105-94 in a game much more lopsided than the final score suggests. As Cleveland Scene reported, a good time was had by all.

In a few more years, perhaps this tyke will end up being more demonstrative in his ogling.

You know what they say about the Internet: If you put it in writing, it lives forever.

Not even a week after DeMarcus Cousins showed his patience in waiting five years to prove a sports pundit wrong, Chargers safety Eric Weddle is ready to show off his own elephant-grade memory. Warren Sapp's arrest on charges of soliciting a prostitute and assault early Monday reminded Weddle of just four years earlier, when Sapp slammed the Chargers for giving the safety a new contract.

At the time, Sapp described Weddle as a "Safety You Couldn't Pick Out Of A Line-Up."

Not the greatest choice of words, it turns out.

For what it's worth, Weddle has done plenty to earn that five-year, $40 million contract. Since signing, he's been named to the Pro Bowl three times. Twice, the Chargers named him their team defensive player of the year. He's also made first- or second-team All-Pro every year since 2010. (He should also earn the Twitter equivalent of All-Pro for the #whoisinthelineupnow hashtag.)

Another bonus: He hasn't been arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

That's checkmate, Sapp.

Damian Lillard can't catch a break. His entire basketball career has played out with him drawing the short stick in the bunch.

As a high school prospect in Oakland, his best scholarship offer came from Weber State. Then, after making the NBA and becoming one of the league's best young stars, he was cut from Team USA over the summer.

And now, as he works his way into the league MVP discussion, Lillard is struck with yet another blow: he's been left off the NBA All-Star rosters.

Lillard is easily the most notable snub on the list, playing at a world-class level for the Portland Trail Blazers. Yet even after Kobe Bryant was scratched from the game due to rotator cuff surgery, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was chosen over Lillard as an addition to the team.

The Portland Police have had enough. They took to Twitter to announce that they were getting involved in the matter:

For a guy known as a stone-cold shooter -- who won an entire playoff series last year on one of the most brutal, ruthless game-winners you will ever see -- Lillard certainly struggles to get the respect he deserves.

Lillard, for his part, knows where to go from here. Speaking to reporters on Friday, he said:

"I'm definitely gonna take it personal."

Here's Lillard murdering the Houston Rockets last summer:

You're telling me that guy isn't an All-Star?

It didn't take long for companies to try cashing in on what could be a devastating scandal for the NFL and the New England Patriots.

Before and (especially) after the NFL's preliminary investigation found that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game were under inflated, businesses have taken to Twitter to promote their products using the "DeflateGate" situation.

Here's Krispy Kreme's take on the controversy:

Dunkin' Donuts, meanwhile, had to stay quiet because they are one of the Patriots' official sponsors.

Speaking of sweet treats, the Boston Common Coffee stores created this DeflateGate concoction and sold it for $1:

The toilet paper manufacturer Charmin chimed in with this tweet:

Here's what the folks at online retailers eBay and Amazon had to say:

Even the minor league Staten Island Yankees chimed in:

And, of course, anyone associated with tires came in hot and heavy:

The Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

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