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Bud Grant, promoting garage sale, cracks Deflategate joke on Twitter (pic)

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Legendary former Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant recently joined Twitter and the primary reason was to promote his incredible garage sale — the 11th one — where he is selling off loads of NFL memorabilia he accumulated throughout his storied career.

While a relative Twitter neophyte, Grant apparently has become so social media savvy that he recognized the low hanging fruit that is an easy Deflategate joke.

Posting a photograph of some autographed Vikings footballs, Grant made a joke at the New England Patriots’ expense.

As you can see, not only did Mr. Grant add #psi and #deflator hashtags to his tweet, the sticky note attached to the balls — priced at $125 a pop — reads, “THESE BALLS ARE NOT FROM NEW ENGLAND (AIR PUMP BROKEN).” Even better, a frowny face was added.

To think that the 88-year-old Grant (who celebrated his birthday Wednesday, the day the garage sale opened) is the person actually writing the tweets may be a stretch — it’s reasonable to assume it’s one of his grandchildren — the notion that a Hall of Fame coach in his later years might be using Deflategate as comedic fodder on Twitter to move product at a garage sale is just great.

Grant — or whoever — has been tweeting images all week of the amazing football memorabilia — as well as hunting gear and wildlife-related items (Grant is an avid outdoorsman) — available at the garage sale being in Bloomington, Minn., which ends Friday. A sampling:

https://twitter.com/HPBudGrant/status/601077195910545408

https://twitter.com/HPBudGrant/status/601080949762297856

Seeing the beloved and revered Minnesota icon holding court while Vikings fans marvel at being in his presence truly is a sight to see. But the following tweet may be the best of his recent social media activity.

Ha. Just the kind of stern, no-nonsense talk one would expect from an old school coach. Some things never change. And that’s a reassuring thought.

[H/T Pro Football Talk]

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