It is nearly mid-August and Jarome Iginla remains unsigned. That means there are 31 GMs with very cold shoulders, which is very uncharacteristic during the hottest season of the year. Since we’re getting tired of waiting and being uncertain about what Iginla’s situation may be come October, we decided to employ artificial intelligence to take a gander at what might ensue.
Over August long weekend, we reached out on Twitter and got Flames fans to start a tweet with “Jarome Iginla” and see what their phones’ predictive text would manage to come up with. The responses were wildly mixed, and we certainly expected that, seeing as that’s the general consensus on Iginla anyways:
So, would you sign Iginla to a 1-year deal?
— Christian Roatis (@croatis) August 4, 2017
Many tweets sent Iginla lots of love, while others were brutally honest. Some strongly hinted at an Iginla comeback, and some made little to no sense whatsoever. So here’s the roundup of our favourite Jarome Iginla predictions.
Love for Iginla
Warning: a lot of wholesome love for Iginla coming your way. Prepare your tissue box, perhaps artificial intelligence isn’t such a bad thing?
Jarome Iginla and the Flames probably don't lose https://t.co/SyrqPWrxEE
— Kyle Lentz (@kyleslentz) August 6, 2017
Jarome Iginla untouchable then we will be here waiting for you and your team where the best option for you to come back 😲😲😲 https://t.co/UtJ5Rk8GUw
— Karim Kurji (@karimkurji) August 6, 2017
Jarome Iginla probably won't be above replacement level next year but the #Flames should still sign him cause the heart wants what it wants https://t.co/xwO013KDtW
— Christian Roatis (@croatis) August 6, 2017
Jarome Iginla is the most popular and best of all time https://t.co/CRAQv1PUdH
— Rich (@DickieNL) August 6, 2017
Jarome Iginla is a good one person and I love him so much.
K but this is so true 😂 https://t.co/PZs7sf6cxj
— Jess R (@jessieroo9) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla is the best player on the ice https://t.co/ag0i1erldm
— ☠️ (@dome_foam) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla is the only thing that would make me happy #Flames https://t.co/e16qHSW0MB
— C of Red Central (@CofRedCentral) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla is the only reason I want to watch the game https://t.co/xN0BPohpyt
— Cortland Mass (@corts158) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla is a great man https://t.co/N5Enh3m4Vv
— Emir Kazic (@Emir_Kazic) August 7, 2017
jarome iginla and flames are coming back from a little more than one year
wow is this foreshadowing https://t.co/v54sYzkQOF
— Flame For Thought (@Flame_4_Thought) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla and I will have a good time and I will have a good day 😭❤️ https://t.co/YnrHoYSUUD
— Kelsey (@Kels16_) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla will be the best in the year ahead for the Calgary flames…..man that's creepy…but not likely #Flames 🔥🔥 https://t.co/layz5YPm4T
— Mark Kenneth (@mkd087) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla is a good man to the right to the end https://t.co/ReWFzplxDh
— JarvisWashingmachine (@wctss) August 7, 2017
Hate for Iginla
The following tweets reaffirm Elon Musk’s fear of artificial intelligence, with the predictions being viciously rude towards Iginla.
"Jarome Iginla letting you down for the pool" wow okay first time AI has attacked me. #Flames https://t.co/YkBxNMmvPi
— Bill Tran (@mrbilltran) August 6, 2017
Jarome Iginla would be a waste of a roster spot. https://t.co/bncKkGVoIX
— PuffDaddy (@StudPuffin44) August 7, 2017
Jarome Iginla, nope nope nope nope nope no no no no no no nope nope nope nope nope nonononononononono nope nope nope nope nope #Flames. https://t.co/vWeyAnmzCp
— Tony Allen (@TonyRouge) August 7, 2017
Clearly, the vast majority of artificial intelligence is aware of what a great human being Iginla is, and knows that he deserves our love. However, some phones are definitely infected with viruses and should be checked out. As for what will actually happen to Iginla in the near future, our phones just aren’t quite capable of predicting that just yet.