Want cheap entertainment? Follow @Big12Refs on Twitter

Even if you aren’t a social media fanatic, you might find this column about Twitter amusing.

Twitter is the social networking site that launched in 2006. It is one of the most popular social media platforms available today, with 100 million daily active users and 500 million tweets sent daily.

You don’t have to actually send a tweet to enjoy Twitter. It can be highly entertaining to follow a few people and get some laughs along the way.

A Twitter user whose handle is “@Big12Refs” is quite entertaining, and not just to former basketball officials like me. His tweets generally relate to current sporting events or general topics.

For example, on July 30, @Big12Refs tweeted, “It’s been a month and half since our last tweet, which is also the average length of our replay reviews.” Ba da boom.

On the subject of college athletes transferring from one college to another, @Big12Refs tweeted, “We believe all transfers should have to sit out for a minimum of two years and work odd jobs for us around the house during that free time.”

Frequent Twitter users often respond to someone else’s tweet. When @CFBTalkDaily tweeted, “What is the best rivalry in college football?” @Big12Refs retweeted another tweet by Michael LeVere, who said, “Iowa State vs. @Big12Refs.”

Do you remember the controversy earlier this year at the Kentucky Derby, in which the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified after a 20-plus minute review?

That fell right in the wheelhouse of @Big12Refs, who tweeted, “Horse racing looks fun.” Additional tweets followed shortly thereafter, such as, “Are horses in charge of the replay review?” “Those replay horses better not come for our jobs.” We will RT (retweet) any photoshop of actual zebras reviewing the Kentucky Derby result.” That should leave you with a hilarious visual image.

@Big12Refs wrapped up the horse-racing conversation with this tweet: “Do you think the horse is aware that his victory was taken away via replay? That would make it less fun for us. We want our victims to know.”

If you recall how many close games Virginia won on its way to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, you may find this tweet by @Big12Refs amusing: “One Shining Moment is going to be four blissful minutes of fortunate calls for UVA and Kyle Guy foul shots.”

That tweet by @Big12Refs was preceded by one of my favorites, “Referees are the greatest dynasty in college sports.”

On another occasion, he tweeted, “People are living too long. We’re here to change that. Reviews for no reason are just the beginning.”

What cynical sports fan or official wouldn’t appreciate this tweet by @Big12Refs? “Let’s be honest: bad calls would make this game more exciting.”

Here is another classic tweet during the middle of the college basketball season on Jan. 28: “-60 wind chill in Ames? No thank you. Call your own fouls and check ball each time. We’ll see you again in September.”

Even Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement announcement during the NFL preseason didn’t escape the eye of @Big12Refs, who tweeted: “We’ve been so good tonight, Andrew Luck retired so he could watch more of us.”

@Big12Refs also isn’t hesitant to express his opinion on the NFL: “’The passer shall not be roughed.’ Says it write (sic) there in the rule book that the NFL makes up as it goes in games involving Tom Brady.”

Or, “Not sure why they’re going to OT, refs already won in regulation.”

Another tweet said, “This one is going to be hard to explain at Sunday dinner at the Selfs.” I wonder what KU and K-State fans think of that one?

Let me close this column with the following tweets from @Big12Refs:

“After further review, the runner is 7 yards short of the line of gain. We regret nothing.”

“NFL referees are so nice about making us look good on Sundays.”

“That was a good call if you like bad calls.”