Look, there is no doubt that the NFL draft is a pressure cooker for all involved. Futures hang in the balance. Fandoms can crumble and fall with a single bad pick.
So it was no real surprise that Twitter was, um, all aTwitter during Saturday's third day once the 117th pick was announced. The target of all the outrage? Zsa Zsa the Catalina macaw.
Oh, Zsa Zsa. You had one job! (And apparently did it just fine, but hey, Internet). As Bucs beat writer Greg Auman pointed out earlier in the week, expectations were sky high on what this Bucs parrot would deliver.
And, well, #Fail.
Wyd, parrot? pic.twitter.com/9FMm3yaPS5— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 28, 2018
A sampling of the ruffled feathers:
THE PARROT DIDN’T EVEN MAKE THE PICK IT JUST SAT THERE ON SOME LADY’S ARM I’M MORE OUTRAGED THAN MAYOCK RIGHT NOW.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 28, 2018
That Star Wars announcement was dumb. But at least R2-D2 read the pick and didn’t choke LIKE THAT PHONY PARROT. #NFLDraft— Tim van Straten (@BigTimeTimJim) April 28, 2018
So much better than the parrot pic.twitter.com/jYHhqHVGf4— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) April 28, 2018
Day 3 and we're all mad at a mute parrotthe draft is amazing— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) April 28, 2018
I'm now getting text messages asking if I'm the pirate woman with the parrot. Good God.— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 28, 2018
The parrot didn't even talk smh pic.twitter.com/GDAKVWDoO6— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 28, 2018
THE PARROT DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING. THE NFL IS A SHAM.— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) April 28, 2018
that parrot nfl draft pick was the most disappointing animal-sports crossover since michael phelps was supposed to race the shark— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) April 28, 2018
ARE YOU KIDDING ME— Poly the Parrot (@Poly_the_Parrot) April 28, 2018
The Bucs may have to walk an actual plank to make up for this travesty.