Mr. T Is Live-Tweeting the Winter Olympics and He's Really Into Curling
Mr. T, born Laurence Tureaud, is a national treasure. He's an actor, a wrestler, and a noted pitier of fools. As we send our most gifted Americans to PyeongChang to represent us to the word, it's fitting that one of our greatest living Americans is sending Twitter gold out after them.
Live-tweeting is as competitive as any figure skating tournament, and this week Mr. T has shown that he's one of the world's best. Granted he's got some competition as Leslie Jones has been defending her crown as the greatest Twitter sports commentator of all time, but they take markedly different approaches.
Jones focuses on the details, with acute observations on individual performances and hot takes on sparkly outfits. Mr. T takes the long view. He's enthusiastic about entire sports -- but curling most of all -- and the unimaginable perseverance of these world-class athletes. It's all very wholesome and sweet, to be quite honest.
Here's how it unfolded:
Mr. T started by expressing his patriotism and emotion over watching the Opening Ceremony.
Next he gave some (backhanded?) compliments to curling, a sport by which he is, like all of us, equally confused and enthralled.
Also note that Mr. T uses capital letters just like Emily Dickinson.
I am really Pumped watching the Winter Olympics. I am watching events I never thought I would watch before, like curling. You heard me, curling Fool!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
Curling is kind of different, but it’s Exciting. It’s not as easy as it looks. It takes some skills that’s for sure. I like it!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
Then he theorized on sportspersonship and outlined the 4 Ds & 1 S of becoming an Olympian: dedication, discipline, desire, determination, and sacrifice.
It takes a lot of Dedication, Discipline, Desire, Determination, and Sacrifice to get to the Olympics! Then, the rest is up to the Athletes.— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
I like tough competition, but I also like to see good sportsmanship. Just do your best, give it all you got, and then shake hands when it’s over.— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
He shouted out snowboarder Red Gerard, who not only nabbed the first Olympic gold of the Winter Games for the US but became a living legend when he said "holy f*ck" on TV.
Congratulations to Red Gerard on winning the first gold medal for the US. We have so much talent on this years Olympic team. Wow!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
Finally Mr. T unleashed a torrent of goodwill and admiration for the Olympians from all over the world. It was beautiful.
Watching these Olympic athletes, makes me all of a sudden feel out of shape and lazy. Especially after learning how hard they’ve trained to get here! Whew!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
I have so much respect for all the Olympic athletes. All of the challenges they had to face, the aches and pains, the worries and the doubts. Whew!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
This is what the Olympics are all about.