Arian Foster is adapting bulletin-board material to the age of Twitter, changing his avatar or profile picture on Monday to a screenshot of a Boston journalist's column lambasting the Houston Texans as "frauds."
The Texans running back Foster took exception to a piece from Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy that called the Texans "pure frauds" and the "worst 11-1 team in the history of the NFL" as they prepare to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Here's the opening excerpt from Shaughnessy's column to which Foster changed his avatar:
The 2012-13 New England Patriots just became the first team in NFL history to get back-to-back byes before advancing to the conference championship game.
Could this get any easier?
I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from Sunday. At Gillette Stadium.
And a look at Foster's new avatar:
The Patriots and Texans faced off in a much-anticipated matchup in Week 14 this season in Foxboro, where the Patriots walloped to a 42-14 victory that sent the Texans spiraling to a 1-3 finish to the season.
Throughout the day, Foster continued to mock the column on Twitter, tying it to the BCS national championship game:
The tomato cans are in place for Bama.
— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) January 8, 2013
For his part, Shaughnessy also took note of the avatar change and playfully responded to Foster:
hey @arianfoster -- Loving the avatar. Bring your A game to Foxboro on Sunday. — Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) January 7, 2013