GOOD MORNING I CHUGGED A CASE OF FIVE-HOUR ENERGY AT 9 PM LAST NIGHT SO I COULD CONDUCT A THOROUGH INTERNET INVESTIGATION AND NOW I CAN FEEL GOD'S FACE SORRY FOR YELLING SO MUCH
Indiana Basketball's Facebook page might be trying to tell us something.
Each time Indiana Basketball has posted a photo over the last couple of years, they've included (one way or another) the signature of Tom Crean. See below:
Most of the images are just announcing game times, but they have that signature. And they churn them out quickly, even when the game isn't something that has been on the schedule for a year. As soon as the Big Ten Tournament date was set with Iowa, they had this up shortly thereafter:
BUT HERE'S WHERE IT GETS WEIRD Y'ALL.
Last night, after being selected by the NIT, Indiana Basketball got the game announcement image up quickly, but there was something missing.
THERE'S NO SIGNATURE HERE, FOLKS. I CHECKED THE IMAGE ON SEVEN SEPARATE OCCASIONS AND SENT IT TO OUR FORENSICS TEAM. TOM CREAN'S SIGNATURE IS, IRREFUTABLY, NOT ON THIS IMAGE.
SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Well, there's basically two schools of thought:
- They hastily got the image together and sent it out, omitting the signature for reasoning no more nefarious than "forgot about it" or "just didn't do it this time." After all, images have been sent out without Tom Crean's signature on them before. But they're usually a picture taken and posted without being edited (like of a player warming up before a game that's mere minutes away) or a photo taken from a different source. So that's probably what it is UNLESS ...
- THE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER IS TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING. THE ONLY TIME THEY'VE THROWN UP AN EDIT WITHOUT TOM CREAN'S SIGNATURE IT WAS A PICTURE OF ERIC GORDON TO ADVERTISE HIS PARTICIPATION IN A THREE-POINT SHOOTOUT. USING THAT LOGIC IT MEANS THAT EDITS THAT DEPICT EVENTS THAT WEREN'T IN THE TOM CREAN ERA WILL NOT BEAR HIS SIGNATURE AND BY POSTING THE NIT GAME ANNOUNCEMENT WITHOUT HIS SIGNATURE MEANS THAT GAME WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE IN THE TOM CREAN ERA. FURTHERMORE BRAD STEVENS WILL DEFINITELY ALSO BE IN ATLANTA ONLY THREE WEEKS LATER. WE'VE HIRED BRAD STEVENS. IT ALL MAKES SENSE IF YOU JUST USE YOUR BRAIN.