The internet held its collective breath earlier today.
It was just between Stoke City announcing one of its most high profile players would be taking part in a live Twitter Q&A, the surefire way to create a PR disaster, and a short while later when Ryan Shawcross sat down and flexed his fingers over the keyboard.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before the hashtag #SCFCTakeover was trending. But as the daftness emerged, fears of Stoke becoming a laughingstock were soon quashed as it became apparent that Shawcross was intent on being as blunt and confrontational with his answers as his team regularly is around 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
As wry as you like, Shawcross was both earnest and funny, mixing the serious and insightful to actual fans, as well as dishing out witty retorts to users clearly out to wind him up. Including teammate Jon Walters, who himself attempts to board the banter bus into Chuckles Town at his friend's expense.
Here are the highlights:
Stupid question,Huth would win and Walts would be hiding somewhere. https://t.co/MlXz9o94iQ— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
#SCFCtakeover How did it feel to lose to Liverpool 1-0 hahahHahahahaha— - (@JonFIanagan) September 2, 2015
Really bad, but not as bad as a 6-1 loss... https://t.co/UVMxzGgKYI— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
... RUN! https://t.co/ezTd87mFYN— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
Never a foul. https://t.co/ASpWJ0WZwq— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
Thats not fun https://t.co/5bQDCQUNFC— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
Two more years of football then switching to rugby. https://t.co/5ZWGo8ooEE— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 2, 2015
THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY:
Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50mph, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. #SCFCTakeover— Joe Ellison (@Chevychased) September 2, 2015
#SCFCTakeover Hi Ryan. Why do you style yourself on Lenny from Of Mice and Men? (it's a famous, what we normal folk like to call, book).— It's Mesut Özil FC (@PeteMartin1981) September 2, 2015