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  • Broken Base: He did a very negative video on Venezuela and its socialist government in early 2017. As expected, whether or not you found the video good/funny depends almost entirely on what political ideology you support. After the reaction, UT hasn't done a video like it since.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: While the preview card hints at it, the actual "Congrats, Lightning!" video gives no indication in its first 1:34 that it's anything other than Tree laying into the Lightning for choking spectacularly against the Capitals - then it cuts out of nowhere to a rehash of 2017's "Congrats, Preds!" vid, this time with "Too good right now" layered even thicker and "Unless he falls apart" thrown in, along with mocking chants of "PEKKA! PEKKA!" and "IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!", over footage of Pekka Rinne getting shot to pieces against the Jets. After 36 seconds, it then cuts back to Tree laying into the Lightning, with no mention of the Preds segment.
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Called time of death on "THE FUCKING PENGUINS!" after the Capitals flipped the script on Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.
    • He declared "the memes are dead" after the Washington Capitals won the The Stanley Cup in 2018. Up until then, he had been calling teams "the Washington Capitals of [Sport X]" because, up until that point, the Capitals has a tendency for choking in the NHL playoffs.
    • As of the 2018 NFL season, he's also called time of death on "Fuck you, Spanos!". The first indication was in the first Sportsball video after the end of the 2017 NFL season, "NHL Trade Deadline Edition", which had "Who Is Spanos?" in the thumbnail instead of "Fuck You, Spanos!", with the line itself not appearing. The next several Sportsball episodes featured "Spanos?" and "Something Something Spanos!" on the thumbnail before all references to it disappeared completely beginning with "MLB In May Edition". The big sign, though, came with "The Los Angeles Chargers: Professional Football's Diamond Dogs", when the vid ended with Archival!Tree calling over Codec to drop the line. Tree's response? "Good news, 2017 just called me, they want their forced meme back.". Its death was confirmed on an episode of The Dumpster Firenote , where he revealed he would only reference the meme indirectly in the coming season of "This Week In Sportsball", even calling it "old and hackneyed".
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    • The Eagles' elimination in the 2019 NFC Divisional Round led Tree to declare the death of the "BIG. DICK. NICK." meme for Philadelphia's backup quarterback (and Super Bowl LII MVP), Nick Foles, whose pass to Alshon Jeffrey slipped through the latter's hands and was grabbed by the Saints' Marshon Lattimore, killing a potential game-winning drive with two minutes left.
  • Fan Hater:
    • If Tree specifically mentions a fanbase, it's usually because he hates them. Though his primary whipping boys are actual franchises, in some cases he tends to lump their fans in as well, even though fanbases aren't actually part of sports franchises.
    • Tree holds a special contempt for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, since he lives in Pittsburgh and is frequently annoyed by "yinzers", whom Tree says are making the city look bad through obnoxious attitude.
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  • Genius Bonus: Pulls out some rather spectacular references in describing how bad a team can be.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In general, any of Tree's sports predictions are wrong more often than not, to the extent that fans will immediately assume that if Tree picks a team to win, the opposite will happen. Notable occurrences include picking the Nashville Predators to win the 2017 Stanley Cup Final (where, aware of his reputation, he immediately congratulated the Penguins), picking the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI (where he got the winning team's score right, as well as the game going Down to the Last Play), and picking the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens to face each other in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final ("Now watch me be wrong at the end of the first round." — and he was).
    • Tree's anger towards Ben Roethlisberger took on a whole different meaning when the "A Yinzer in Jerryworld" blog revealed that Tree bore more than a passing resemblance to Captain FatFuck.
    • During his LOLCow video on the Pittsburgh Steelers (released near the start of the 2017 season), he predicts that Antonio Brown "is going to become a cancer and might get run out of town". Fast-forward two years later, and it turns out that not only was he right, he actually managed to underestimate the trouble that Brown would run into.note 
    • His video on the San Jose Sharks' Legacy of Failure notes that the Sharks' two wins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals gave them "more playoff success than the [St. Louis] Blues and [Washington] Capitals combined." The next two Stanley Cup Champions after the video was uploaded were... the Capitals and the Blues.
    • His excitement over the Tampa Bay Lightning in both "The Haters Guide to the 2017/18 NHL Eastern Conference: All-Star Edition" and "This Week In Sportsball: NHL Trade Deadline Edition", considering not only their playoff collapses in both 2018 and 2019, but that he switched to relentlessly dismissing them even before the start of the 2018 playoffs, as evidenced in the relevant Haters Guide:
      UT: You remember that Tampa Bay boner I had back at the deadline? It's gone flaccid.
    • His pessimistic views on the St. Louis Blues in "The Haters Guide to the 2018/19 NHL Season: Western Conference Edition" and "The Haters Guide to the 2018/19 NHL Western Conference: All-Star Edition" (both times labeling them "Eternal Pain"), considering that the Blues would go on to win their first Stanley Cup that season.
    • Overlapping with Heartwarming in Hindsight, in his LOLCow video on the Los Angeles (St Louis) Rams, after their franchise owner Stan Kroenke suddenly takes the team to Los Angeles in 2016, putting down the city of St. Louis, Tree reassures the heartbroken city that they're better off without him. In 2019, the Rams returned to the Super Bowl, only to suffer a humiliating 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots, the same team that had defeated them the last time they were there. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win their first-ever Stanley Cup.
    • In the week 1 "Sportsball" episode about the 2017 NFL season, after the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 21-18, Tree says "Brownies, you may be getting out of the basement this year. A six-win season awaits!". Instead, the Browns finished 0-16, the second team after the 2008 Detroit Lions to lose every game in a 16-game schedule.
    • While lamenting how "fucked" the NBA was during his Haters Guide to the 2018 NBA Finals, Tree rattles off teams that his commentators had tried to tell him would take the reins to prevent yet another Cavaliers/Warriors Finals, corpsing derisively when he lists the Toronto Raptors. The joke ended up being on him; the very next year saw the Raptors not only make the Finalsnote , but emerge victorious in a 6-game series against those same Warriors to win the Championship and, in his own words, "unfuck" the NBA.
    • Throughout the 2019 NFL season, Tree is pessimistic at the idea of a Patriots Super Bowl victory and pretty much guarantees that Tom Brady will perform his black magic once again, and as such picks them to win it all in that season's Hater's Guide to the Playoffs. Merely two days after uploading that video, the Patriots get bounced out of the Wildcard by the Titans, with Brady's last play of the game (and, as it would later turn out, last play as a Patriot) being a pick six in the final minute.
    • In "Congrats, Falcons!", after the Atlanta Falcons squandered a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LI and lost 34-28 in overtime, Tree remarks about then-Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, "San Francisco wants to give this guy complete control of their franchise for one good year. Have fun, Niners fans!". Initially, it was hilarious due to the 49ers struggling through 2 losing seasons in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons before finishing 13-3 in the 2019-20 season and making it to Super Bowl LIV. And then, it got so more much amusing when Shanahan squandered another double-digit lead, going from leading 20-10 in the 4th quarter to losing 31-20 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
    • During his ripping of the Oilers, UT keys in on Chiarelli's extremely messy tenure in Edmonton and singles out Leon Draisatl's contract as "breaking the league" and "this this is the kind of shit that leads to a lockout" for one year of first line production. At the time the contract was questionable and pundits wondered if his production was largely due to teammate Connor McDavid, widely seen as the best player in the NHL. Fast forward a few years and Draisatl would notch a 50 goal season in 2018-19, and a scoring championship in 2019-20, even ahead of the aforementioned McDavid. Peter Chiarelli made many questionable moves while in Edmonton but the Draisatl contract is arguably his best move. Not only that, but the league would ratify a brand new Collective Bargaining Agreement in July 2020, ending any potential for yet another lockout.
    • "Congrats, Lightning! (2019)" features an evisceration of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had just been swept by the 8th-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets as the President's Trophy winners, with Tree stating that the Lightning are all but destined to failure with their current team and coach. Come the next season, said coach and core returned (including all the players specifically called out by Tree himself) and became Stanley Cup champions.
  • Memetic Badass: In his reviews, he has treated a few people as these.
    • Phil Jackson ("the motherfucking zen-master, the soothsayer of superstars and egos alike")
    • Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage ("the demonic necromancer ... who with a few occult rituals and sacrifices of a few fattened calves, pitchers are throwing the best in their careers")
    • Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is, and always will be, too good right now.
  • Memetic Mutation: Back then, he was fairly known for his hammy and loud delivery of the word "PWNED!" There is a techno song dedicated to his pronunciation, and would be repeated/imitated in other videos.
    Spoony One on Yor: Hunter from the Future: "If I may borrow the expression- PWNED!"
    • Several prominent memes have come out of his sports videos:
      • "I just think Pekka Rinne is too good right now."Explanation 
      • "THE FUCKING PENGUINS!"Explanation . The phrase has gotten snowcloned whenever teams in another sport are in a similar situation, like THE FUCKING PATRIOTS! And now courtesy of this, it has become customary among UT fans to call them "Those fucking Penguins."
      • "Fuck you, Spanos!"Explanation 
      • "This week, on Days of Our Steelers." Explanation 
  • Newbie Boom: In his own words, he started 2017 with a little over 500 subscribers, only for that number to multiply by (literally) two hundred beginning with his first "Hater's Guide" video in January of that year.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The injury list for "This Week In Sportsball: NFL Week Two Edition (2020)" eschews the usual Taps in favor of an ominous piece of ambient music and features a staggering forty-five injuries (eleven of which were season-ending), an MRI truck scheduled for the Greenbrier breaking down, a partial loss of footage from CBS's broadcast due to a power outage, and two deaths (Chicago Bears' Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers passing away at age 77; and the father of New England Patriots running back James White dying in a car crash that also hospitalized White's mother).
    UT: This week was so bad, it outlasted Taps. The gods are insatiable.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • His take on the Washington Redskins name controversy. UT says there's really no good side to this debate, because it means supporting either people who are picking battles that aren't theirs to fight, or an openly hostile team owner who doesn't care about anyone but himself.
    • In his lolcow video on the San Diego Padres, UT says that sports owners need to learn that "big splashes usually drain the pool of all the water." In other words, signing a popular-but-untested player or signing a veteran well past their prime is always going to be a worse decision than the Boring, but Practical approach of taking a few years to build a winning squad.
    • Why has former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick not been able to find a job since entering free agency? According to UT, several factors combine to make him unattractive for teams: he has brought about a media circus around him that would distract teams from trying to win games note , his level of play is not good enough to justify putting up with the media circus, there were other quarterbacks around his caliber that are also looking for jobs, and most teams would look for a new quarterback in the draft anyway.
    • UT's take on why the NFL's television ratings are declining. While UT admits it's not entirely their fault — television ratings across the board are down thanks to the availability of high-speed internet — the NFL is doing themselves no favors with constant overexposure, Corrupt Corporate Executives ruining the league with their greed, and the slow revelations of what a long NFL career does to a player's body and mind.
    • Tree may take a certain pleasure in dressing teams down, but arguably he's doing it with the best of intentions. More leagues would be more entertaining if they weren't so lopsided, and they're usually only so lopsided because of inept and/or selfish management or ownership. He consistently points to the NHL as being the league with the most parity, and even that is riddled with problems that consistently keep certain teams down. Despite his lack of interest in the NBA, he's gradually done more material on that league since he gave the 76ers what for, pointing out that aside from the NBA's biggest problem of there being only one or two teams with a chance at winning or being entertaining for the right reasons every year, many NBA teams have exactly the same issues holding them back as teams in other leagues he prefers watching instead, with just as much potential to win if they simply tried harder to do so.
    • He feels the video game industry has gotten up its own ass with microtransactions and DLC, withholding content to force gamers to pay more for the whole game rather than genuinely expanding it, as well as running absolutely every genre into the ground at some point because it was popular for a brief span of time (even warning that the "battle royale third-person shooter" genre that was made popular by Fortnite is next). He has even argued that what made gaming great a few decades ago was in fact enabled by The Great Video Game Crash of 1983, saying that such a catalyst may be necessary to truly revitalize gaming today. He also pessimistically denies that it'll happen, since the industry will simply apply a Band-Aid solution to itself to keep its stagnant formula going rather than truly trying to reinvent the wheel and breathe new life into the medium.
    • His 'Congrats, NFL' video, produced in response to the 2018-19 NFL conference championships, discusses the issues with the inconsistent officiating of NFL referees, citing the vague rules and poor judgement as main topics. Not helping matters is the video shows referees often penalizing defensive players for roughing the passer if they so much as tap their shoulder. Meanwhile, blatant helmet-to-helmet hits, false starts, facemasks, and pass interference calls are completely missed, often costing teams wins.
    • Tree's video on the Kansas City Royals departs from the expected mockery of the team's struggles, and instead presents a look at Major League Baseball's competitive imbalances between teams that enjoy large budgets (e.g. Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs) and those who do not (e.g. A's, Twins, Rays). Tree notes that a lack of a hard salary cap, the rising costs of running a team, and the increasing salaries of players are factors that make it hard for small-market teams to remain consistently competitive. Small-market teams had to develop using the farm system, wise drafting, and making the most of the young players that excelled before they left for larger markets. To make things worse, while small-market teams had used innovative tactics to compete earlier in the 2010s, large-market teams have adopted these tactics and have excelled at them. In addition, a large market team can survive a disastrous contract or a misguided trade that would doom a smaller market team. Thus, Tree sees the most effective strategy for a small-market team to compete is to tank. Tree also sees the Royals as lucky: they have won the World Series recently, something that the Rays, A's, Indians, Pirates, Orioles, Brewers, Reds, Padres, and Twins could not boast.
    • "Revisiting: The Indianpolis Colts" examines Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's decision to retire from football, discussing the mental toll of professional sports that accompanies the physical toll and why Luck wanted to walk away from it all.
  • Special Effect Failure: In his NFL Week 16 and 17 (2018) videos, Tree uses a bass-boosting effect when introducing Nick Foles with his nickname, "Big Dick Nick". The effect lasts a while after the introduction, leading to some of his following commentary sounding crunchy.
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