When there is no football, everyone gets crazy. Especially two strong competitors like Bruce Irvin and Skyler Howard. Howard has always played with a chip on his shoulder but last night that escalated into a testosterone-fueled keyboard-banging fight.
Like most Mountaineer fans, Irvin was irate at the entire play of WVU in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Skyler apparently found out about Bruce’s tweets last night and the exchange started.
Glad I got to play with some dawgs at wvu! We was just built different knew what it meant to wear that flying wv on our helmet!— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) December 29, 2016
Skyler responded by noting that Bruce’s success came back in the glory days of the Big East. If you don’t remember, most fans spent their time trying to convince people that the flailing Big East wasn’t the worst conference in the BCS.
@BIrvin_WVU11 pic.twitter.com/U38UcFe8Z8— Skyler Howard (@SkylerDonHoward) February 9, 2017
Sometimes you are Negan with Lucille, sometimes you are Glenn. This was only stoking the fires that were burning. Irvin responded to the tweet with “lol what’s your point”. Howard took the bait.
@BIrvin_WVU11 we both know what I'm gettin at— Skyler Howard (@SkylerDonHoward) February 9, 2017
Bruce fired one last warning shot before things quickly escalated.
@SkylerDonHoward don't bite off more than u can chew little guy— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 9, 2017
The war began as Howard told Bruce “you opened this box. No respect” . From there, the real heat began to come out. Bruce tried to tell Howard his place by reminding him of each’s stature in the state.
@SkylerDonHoward bro foreal stay in ur place I'm a legend in that state u will b forgotten when pro day is over— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 9, 2017
What set Howard off was a set of tweets from Bruce during and after the Russell Athletic Bowl. In those tweets, Bruce, responding to a fan said “lol we playing with a NAIA qb”, referencing Skyler’s play at Riverside City College before joining the Mountaineers. Skyler referenced these tweets to Bruce in his response.
Bruce’s reply to this seemed to be the final dagger in this war.
@SkylerDonHoward lol I'm glad ya bum ass seen it I wasn't trying to b discreet about it. I say what I feel and that won't ever change.— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 9, 2017
Skyler began retweeting positive mentions of him after this, looking to end the war. Bruce however had one last parting message for the former Mountaineer quarterback. Bruce expressed his dissatisfaction in the heart of the play of the team. Due to language, I’m just going to link to the tweet and let you click on it at your expense.
That Old Gold and Blue pride runs deep in former players who gave blood, sweat and tears for the team. Some of them, like Bruce Irvin, are very vocal in their support and when you poke the bear, the claws can come out.