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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Twitter weatherfare among South rivals

By David Newton

There's nothing like following a little offseason taunting between NFC South rivals over weather.

Unless, that is, your furnace has been broken since Thursday in the NFC South city that is being bombarded by Winter Storm Pax that at this moment has no rival.

It all began in Charlotte, three miles from my freezing abode. The person in charge of the Carolina Panthers' official Twitter site tweeted a picture of snow blanketing Bank of America Stadium.

Winter is coming.

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2014

Then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who perhaps are stinging from a couple of losses to the NFC South champion Panthers this past season, tweeted a picture of the entrance to One Buc Place.

We hear you at One Buc Place, a cloud blocked the sun for a few minutes. It was AWFUL! #itsabucslife

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) February 11, 2014

According to my trusty weather app, it is 72 degrees and sunny in Tampa. It is 30 and snowing in Charlotte.

And if anybody cares, it is 49 and dry in my house.

Not to be outdone, the Atlanta Falcons got into the mix by tweeting a picture of quarterback Matt Ryan, known as "Matty Ice."

.@TBBuccaneers @Panthers It’s pretty icy here, guys. #RiseUp

— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) February 11, 2014

Ryan did indeed have rather cold performances against Carolina and Tampa, going 1-3 against his rivals, including six interceptions in the three losses.

The Bucs apparently thought that was the message, reminding us in a tweet including a picture of cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Well played @Atlanta_Falcons - But it's always sunny here on #RevisIsland @Panthers @Revis24 #NFCSouth

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) February 11, 2014

Revis, by the way, had no interceptions against Atlanta or Carolina this season. But don't let facts get in the way of a good tweet.

The Panthers retaliated in this now Twitter weatherfare by challenging the Bucs and Falcons to a snowball fight. They even brought New Orleans into the mix, suggesting the Saints and Falcons might have to carpool.

That could take a while if Atlanta becomes gridlocked for 24 hours like it was a few weeks ago when Winter Storm Leon passed through.

Sorry, that was cold.

.@TBBuccaneers Want to come over for a snowball fight? The @Atlanta_Falcons and @Saints might have to carpool.

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2014

Atlanta, in an attempt to forget a 4-12 injury-plagued season, began looking ahead to 2014 with a forecast tweet.

.@TBBuccaneers @Panthers 2014 Forecast: 100% chance of Julio Jones with accumulations exceeding 1,000 yards. #RiseUp

— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) February 11, 2014

The Falcons forgot to mention their not-so-hot defense.

Sorry, cold again.

Not to be left out, the Tampa Bay mascot that refers to himself as @TheCaptainFear joined in.

I wanna join @Atlanta_Falcons & @Panthers' snowball fight.. but it hasn't snowed in Tampa since 1977. I could maybe get ice from the fridge?

— Captain Fear (@THECaptainFear) February 11, 2014

To which the Panthers tweeted -- and this may have been the best of all -- "Ice Up Son!"

In case you hadn't heard, this was the message Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith gave to New England cornerback Aqib Talib during a Monday night victory when Bank of America Stadium wasn't covered in snow.

Ice Up Son! RT @THECaptainFear I wanna join the snowball fight but it hasn't snowed in Tampa since '77. I could get ice from the fridge?

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2014

Yeah, baby, it's cold outside.

And if you're writing this blog, it's cold inside, too.