If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, how do we assess the art form of Twitter parody? Faux Pelini, which was created in 2010 and now has over 104,000 followers, ranks among a handful of acts who have created hilarious caricatures of professional and college sports figures. Here's a sampling of the best:
@Fake_Prokhorov, 8K followers (created in February 2011)Plenty of commentary here on NBA activity from the parody of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets.
Jason Kid is great coach I wish him best luck for next season for "NBADL."- Mikhail Prokhorov (@Fake_Prokhorov) June 29, 2014
@FakeUrban, 11K (no date listed)No love lost here for Michigan. He's got a special relationship, though, with the coach's real wife, Shelley Meyer.
@DanBeebe, 22K (June 2010)Reading this, you'd believe the ex-Big 12 commissioner remains quite bitter toward the four schools that departed his former league.
Finally, all of Brazil can feel what it's like to be a Kansas football fan.- Fake Dan Beebe (@DanBeebe) July 8, 2014
@CockyBelichick, 18K (December 2011)Unlike the Patriots coach, this Belichick has plenty to say -- mostly that he's better than you.
Hernandez, Wilfork, Gronkowski, Mayo, Spikes, Vollmer, Kelly, Boyce. How are we 12-4 you ask? Because I'm better than you. #kisstherings- Fake Bill Belichick (@CockyBelichick) January 6, 2014
@NotBillWalton, 186K (March 2011)Much like the real Walton, there's not a subject he won't touch -- current events and sports with a biting sense of humor.
But he isn't, so what's your point? RT @mohamad_barada if Stephen Curry was 6'8, 260lbs. this conversation would be a joke.- Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) August 13, 2014
@FakeCoachPop, 18K (October 2009)If the coach of the Spurs said everything on his mind, it might actually come out like this.
Siri, search for broom stores in Memphis.- Gregory Popovich (@FakeCoachPop) May 26, 2013
@PseudoFed, 34K (September 2010)Plenty of discussion about who rates as the greatest tennis player of all time. As you might guess, according to this feed, it's Roger Federer.
Stand by. The Main Event will walk on court shortly... #humble- Not Roger Federer (@PseudoFed) July 4, 2014
@wengerknowsbest, 116K (April 2011)Entertaining takes, mostly on the Premier League, from a spoof on Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger.
Overall I believe criticism of England is little bit harsh. They can still finish 4th in their group and that is little bit like a trophy.- Wenger Knows Best (@wengerknowsbest) June 21, 2014
@CoachQsMustache, 25K (April 2010)If a mustache could speak ... This one does, projecting the fake thoughts of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
Your Blackhawks will now be the next team to win a game in Soldier Field. Must I do EVERYTHING?- Quenneville's Stache (@CoachQsMustache) December 30, 2013
@NotWaltFrazier, 11K (October 2010)The rare parody of a retired athlete. But he's got plenty to say about today's sporting world.
Jeremy Lin's gone from SAT killin' to NBA thrillin'! #TheMostLinterestingManInTheWorld- (Not) Walt Frazier (@NotWaltFrazier) February 9, 2012