This Day In Internet History – Feb. 12, 2011: Deal With It


Alright, internet historians. Limber up because this one involves sport.

I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase “Deal with it.” It’s the ultimate three-worded slogan of dismissiveness. And it’s even better in sunglasses.

We’ll get into the origin of “Deal with it,” but that’s not what we’re celebrating today. No, this is the seven-year anniversary of when internet culture merged with one of America’s favorite traditions, poor sportsmanship.

The Incident

On Saturday, February 12, 2011, Ohio State University beat Wisconsin University in a basketball game. It happens, right? What occurred next was not so expected. The crowd swarmed the court. A demonstrative Wisconsin fan made his dissatisfaction known by spitting — yes, spitting — on OSU’s star freshman, Jared Sullinger. Come on, dude. That’s uncalled for!

But, apparently, Wisconsin team coach Bo Ryan didn’t think the saliva rocket was such a faux pas. In a press conference following the game, Ryan dismissed the incident, saying “All I know is, we won the game. Deal with it.”

Wisconsin’s expressive coach, Bo Ryan. | Giphy

You probably guessed that that wasn’t the end of it. Good job, detective! On March 7th, 2011, #DealWithIt became a trending topic on Twitter when Ohio State University fans flipped the script on Wisconsin’s home turf. The OSU student section displayed support for their basketball team with over 1,000 red embroidered towels that read “DEAL WITH IT.”

OSU’s “DEAL WITH IT” rags. | Know Your Meme

That day, Ohio State crushed Wisconsin, 93-65. In your face, Bo Ryan!

A Brief History of “Deal With It”

With the sports connection behind us, let’s explore the history of the phrase. In 2005, Matt Furie, creator of Feels Good Man, posted this gross webcomic.

Matt Furie’s webcomic, “Feels Good Man.” 2005 | MySpace

I don’t know if it’s worse to get spat on by a rival fan or farted at mid-meditation by a furry bipedal creature. You be the judge. (Side note: Matt Furie is the same artist who created Pepe the Frog, but he later killed the character off when he became synonymous with the alt-right.)

Not long after the comic was published, the “smug dog” animated GIF was posted on SomethingAwful, and the meme took life.

Matt Furie’s original “Deal with it” GIF | SomethingAwful

As the years passed, creative people posted many iterations of the meme, usually in GIF form.



Photographer Chris Clanton made real-life GIFS

High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu made a conspicuously sunglasses-less music video. I do not recommend it.

And the most iconic version of the “Deal with it” meme? This dude casually cascading across a Slip ‘N Slide (with sunglasses added digitally in post). This one gets me every single time.

And there you go! I hope you learned a little something about sportsmanship, pop culture history, and silly GIFs today. Oh, you didn’t learn anything? Tough break, pal!

Speed Society

Video Of Dad’s DIY Zipline Ends About As Well As You’d Expect

Few things make a dad more proud than building something himself that, otherwise, would have cost him an arm and a leg at the store. Of course, when it comes to serious recreation/friggin’ ninja gear, maybe seek some outside advice.

Don’t get me wrong; the mechanics appear to be top notch. It’s the foresight and execution that need a little work.

Father has daughter test the new backyard zip-line.

Oh well. At least you saved those few extra bucks, right?

8-Year-Old Practices Headers With Dad’s Team… Real Madrid


When your father is Marcelo Vieira, professional football (soccer) player for one of the most prominent clubs in the world, it’s only natural that you’d want to follow in his footsteps.

Fortunately for 8-year-old Enzo, dad and the rest of the team are more than happy to let him spend time in the locker room, honing skills and making memories he’ll never forget.

Father Figures: Financial Planning

“My son had his 10th birthday party yesterday and he ended up with a whopping $50 in cash and gift cards, making him basically a millionaire. After adding up his bounty, he immediately asked for me to take him to the store so he could buy a video game.

Naturally I did the fatherly thing and suggested he save the money for future things: college, family, retirement… I told him that when I was his age I remember blowing all my birthday money on a copy of Street Fighter 2 for Sega Genesis. I played that game like crazy for a few months. Then it got old, and I moved on. Had I invested that money in say… Microsoft, I’d probably be able to afford name brand work polos that don’t fit like a poncho.

He gave me an epic eye roll as though I’d suggested he light the money on fire.

I just want Tristan to be a rock star father, and the next CEO of a fortune 500 company.
Or an astronaut.
Or the president of the United States.
Or all three.
Is that too much to ask?

Last week, he scored two goals in his pewee soccer game, and he once made a robot out of Post-It notes.

Obviously the boy has huge, massive, potential. A good savings account, along with some wise investments, could set him up for major success.

I say this like I have a savings account.

Not surprisingly, we ended up here, before the video game case, just after dinner, looking for some Pokémon game that I can’t pronounce or spell probably.

I looked at his face as we shopped, and I thought about how I did the same thing a million times as a child. There’s something so gratifying about getting a little money and then blowing it on something stupid at the store. And although I really wanted him to save the money. Although I wanted him to make the adult decision, I totally understood why he was at the store, tapping his toes excitedly before the video game case.

Because the fact is, as much as teaching my son to save his money is part of my job as a father, blowing your birthday money is equally a huge part of being a little boy.

This was his time to shine.

We bought the game. He opened it in the car, and told me all about how cool it was. And the moment we got home I pulled the ultimate fatherly move by making him clean his room before he could play his new game.”

– Clint Edwards, Author of “I’m Sorry…Love Your Husband.

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The 10 Funniest Tweets About Your Kids’ Last Day Of School


Bedroom doors are about to be barricaded. Furniture is about to get sticky. Kitchen trash cans are about to overflow with the past year of schoolwork. Summer break is upon us. Celebrate the last day of your kids’ school year with these 10 hilarious tweets from parents who are now counting down the days until August.

“Another Brick In The Wall” will also produce these results.

Dad Trolling: Level 1000.

You’re never gonna dance again. Well, at least until the first day of school this fall.

Thanks, please send them home with a bag of glitter next year.

Worth a try.

Schools sure love getting their money’s worth on printer ink.

No, seriously.

Get ready to put some mileage on that iPad charger.

Adapt. Evolve. Survive.

Go ahead. Phone it in. You’ve deserved it.

Larry Nance Jr. Recreates His Father’s Iconic Dunk From 1984

(Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

During this year’s NBA Dunk Contest, Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Caveliers donned a retro Phoenix Suns jersey with his father’s number and performed a near perfect reproduction of Larry Nance Sr.’s epic windmill dunk for 1984.

Larry Nance Jr. recreates his father’s dunk from 1984 from gifs

Nance Sr. was in attendence for the competition and could be seen looking proud as hell.

(Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

“Those are moments that I don’t know if any father or son has ever had,” Nance Jr. said after the contest. “To me, that’s the coolest part of it all. I’m already having several pictures blown up to be framed.”

Additionally, despite Nance Sr.’s number being retired in Cleveland, Nance Jr. was recently given special permission by the Cavs to wear 22—the number father and son have shared throughout their mutually impressive careers.