Legend has it that when Mo Farah crossed the line to take Gold in the 2012 London Olympics 10,000 metres more than 200 million vegetarian Londoners simultaneously ran into their streets and held aloft packs of pretend mince. Apparently when Jonny Wilkinson kicked the winning drop goal in the 2003 Rugby world cup final there was more than a million Land Rover Defenders ordered online within 45 seconds. Incredibly when David Cameron was re-elected to the office of Prime Minister more than a hundred pork farms were placed on high alert.
But those celebrations are nothing compared to the pure joy that swept across the online community on Sunday evening as @aboycalledyoung took the award he had been denied in such controversial circumstances more than 2 years hence.
The thing that the fight is all about. A sheepie. Behold.
Youngie (as he is known to his inner sanctum) was in the running with some serious twitter heavyweights but he played a very shrewd ‘joker’ early in the proceedings, posting this picture featuring his sadly departed ‘bestie’ Dusty the rabbit.
The magical Dusty. The real queen of hearts.
Having twanged the heart-strings of the populace so early on he literally steamrolled his way to victory past the other nominees. Blumphy was in the running and as ever his pure popularity garnered him a few votes, despite clearly stating from the outset that he hated his pet (Heather, a cat) and would gladly give it away to a laboratory that tested the effects of rohypnol on the sexual behaviour of feline/equine mix relationships.
@vocnorth was nominated but clearly didn’t fancy being the POOTY so sabotaged his own chances of the crown by ORDERING his cult following NOT to vote for him. The scamp.
Here he is, Vic and his dog Saffron.
@patricemarrow was also nominated but his ‘pretend’ pet tale didn’t endear himself to the crowd and he was never really at the races. A real learning here for all, don’t masquerade as an owl enthusiast unless you are happy to take the consequences. Please always bear that in mind. ALWAYS.
FFS Pat. That is not an owl.
Finally, the self-proclaimed ‘people’s champion of parrots’ @nashat_hassan. Lets be clear from the start. No-one actually knows what a parrot is for. You can’t take it for a walk, train it to fetch a ball, ride it, dress it in twee clothes or use it to win money in illegal street fights. So he was on a hiding to nothing from the start. He might as well have claimed he had a pet wasp for all the good it did him.
So a very deserving and popular win for @aboycalledyoung and his loyal pet dog Dolly. Wear the drown with pride Youngie, it will certainly smarten your image up a bit and stop you looking so much like a homeless.
Our winner, the enigmatic yet magical Youngie