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No Era Penal: Two Years Ago A Mexican Hero Was Born and He's Been Fighting the Good Fight Ever Since

This man has been unwavering for two years and is a true hero.
June 29, 2016, 3:00pm

Two years ago today, Arjen Robben did what Arjen Robben does and theatrically flopped his way into a penalty kick during stoppage time that ousted Mexico from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That moment birthed a movement among Mexico supporters with a simple three-word slogan: "no era penal." And that movement gave rise to an honest-to-God hero: @Josesomor26. Mr. PulpoMOr has 3,855 tweets and at least 730 of them have been directed at the Dutch national team, Mexican national team, and FIFA Twitter accounts, and note the time since the Robben penalty was given and the phrase, "no era penal."

@Josesomor26 has literally tweeted this message to those accounts once a day for two straight years. To wit, this was today:

1 año, 365 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) June 29, 2016

And yesterday:

1 año, 364 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) June 27, 2016

And the day before that:

1 año, 363 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) June 26, 2016

Before that? Si era tweet.

1 año, 362 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) June 25, 2016

Literally pick a random date within the past two calendar years out of a hat. October 27, 2015? Let's check:

1 año, 120 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) October 28, 2015

Bring Your Child to Work Day, 2016?

1 año, 302 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) April 29, 2016

Christmas 2015:

1 año, 178 días, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) December 26, 2015

One year ago today:

1 año, @KNVB @FIFAcom @miseleccionmx no era penal.
— ElPulpoMOr (@Josesomor26) June 29, 2015

He used to be a bit more diverse in his tweeting, but now it is almost entirely "No era penal." Just look at this:

I can keep doing this! But I won't because I lack the intestinal fortitude of @Josesomor26, and I believe I have proven my point regardless: @Josesomor26 for President.

h/t Reddit

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