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keep nursey out of the gc 2k16
group chat
September 25, 2016 — 7:45pm

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
BRAH

(617) 431-1945 (lardo)
Yo did someone finally
add dex back to gc?

(212) 356-9172 (nursey)
unfortunately

(207) 913-1442 (dex)
Shut up Nursey.

(212) 356-9172 (nursey)
chill

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
Can y’all stop for one second…

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
THIS IS A PEACEFUL GROUP CHAT

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
RESPECT IT

Jack Zimmermann
Um, how did you all
get this number?

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
Shitty what did you do?

(617) 212-6540 (shitty)
i like that u assume it was me

(617) 212-6540 (shitty)
but i maybe hit a wrong button

(617) 212-6540 (shitty)
who knows

Jack Zimmermann
Do I know any of you?

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
Random stranger I think in time
you’ll come to love us.

(617) 431-1945 (lardo)
...or you can just take yourself
out of the group chat brah
no biggie

Jack Zimmermann
Right.
I’ll just do that then.

(617) 212-6540 (shitty)
BABY COME BACK


Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Sept 25, 8:02pm

How do you take
yourself out of a group chat?

What Zimmboni?
Falcs too much?

No.
Someone added me
to a random one.

THAT’S FUNNY
)))))))

Papa
Sept 25, 8:08pm

How do you take
yourself out of a group chat?

How long have you
had your phone, son?

Nevermind.

I should have
asked Maman.


THE FALCS
group chat
September 25, 2016 — 8:25pm

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Zimmboni still don’t
know how to work phone

Sebastien St. Martin
Jack, you need my niece
to help you out?

Jack Zimmermann
Ha ha.
Very funny.

Jack Zimmermann
This group chat keeps
blowing up my phone.

Jack Zimmermann
Especially this person
named Shitty?

Snowy
take yourself out of it man

Snowy
who calls themselves shitty?


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 25 Sept 2016
How do you leave a group chat?

Snowy @theSnowy24 · 25 Sept 2016
@JLZimmermann (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 25 Sept 2016
@theSnowy24 What?


i will light that couch on fire
group chat
October 1, 2016 — 11:32pm

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
what did u all do now???

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
They know what that did.

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
The disrespect.

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
See if I make any of y’all breakfast
in the morning.

(408) 732-0177 (chowder)
I have never been more
thankful to be
at Farmer’s place.

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
lmaooo chow

(207) 913-1442 (dex)
Sorry, Bits, but it
was a little funny.

(212) 356-9172 (nursey)
if it makes you feel better
tho tango is slightly afraid
of you now…

(212) 356-9172 (nursey)
he was like “i’ve never seen
bitty so mad before. or sound
so southern…”

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
(Neutral Face ) (Neutral Face ) (Neutral Face ) (Neutral Face )

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
Forreal tho, what did you
all do to him?

(207) 913-1442 (dex)
The frogs decided to
throw bits on the couch
and dogpile on top of him.

(706) 757-0932 (bitty)
I mean, I do love y’all.
But that was Unnecessary.

Jack Zimmermann
I don’t think I’ve ever
been more confused
by a conversation.


(716) 556-8126 (holster)
(Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 05 Oct 2016
Y’all these boys. Sometimes they are Too Much.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 05 Oct 2016
Currently they are each debating which guy they should set me up with…

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 05 Oct 2016
Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore them, but their taste in men...leaves something to be desired tbh.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 05 Oct 2016
And only in my dreams would they leave this out of the group chat.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 05 Oct 2016
Holster: But Jeff is basically a LAX bro ransom!!!!!
Ransom: HE IS NOT but w/e
R: tell me what exactly is /mark/ bringing to the table?
H: WELL
R: NOTHING
Me: Can we...not do this? For once?
H: NOPE
Me: -_-


operation: find bitty a man
group chat
October 6, 2016 — 9:01am

Jack Zimmermann
I feel like Bits? Bitty?
can find someone on his own.

Jack Zimmermann
Not that this isn’t enlightening to read.


Bits?
It’s Bitty.
And thank you stranger!

Jack Zimmermann
You’re welcome.
You got this.


Bitty
Man, look at that y’all!
Learn from this person!
I am an independent person
who doesn’t need no man!

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
well damn

(617) 431-1945 (lardo)
The stranger pulling thru for you bits

Bitty
(▰˘◡˘▰)

Jack Zimmermann
What is that?

Bitty
I…
it’s a kawaii emoticon?

Jack Zimmermann
Should I know
what that is?

Shitty?
I LOVE U STRANGER

Shitty?
BUT ALSO I’M DYING

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
How old are you man?

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
Cause shits about to be real WEIRD

Jack Zimmermann
Oh. I’m 25.
I just…don’t spend a lot
of time on technology, I guess.

Jack Zimmermann
That’s why I’m still here, obviously.

Shitty?
WRONG

Shitty?
it’s because u love us too

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
i have so many questions man

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
so many


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 12 Oct 2016
We might have hit a rough patch these last few games, but I know we’re gonna turn it around. Thanks for sticking with us.

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 12 Oct 2016
@JLZimmermann we got this zimms ))))) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist)


Papa
Oct 12, 11:37pm

Jack, don’t be too hard
on yourself.

The team is doing great.

Just know that you don’t
have to shoulder everything.

Thanks, Papa.

Did Tater tell you
to text me?

No…
It was your mother.

But know I love you,
and would have anyway.

Haha.
I appreciate it.

Facetime me and your
mother later?

Will do.


clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose
group chat
October 15, 2016 — 10:57pm

Shitty?
SWAWESOME game
m’dudes

Shitty?
that DANGLE bits (Fire ) (Fire )

Bitty
Thanks Shitty (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes )

Shitty?
and chow THAT SHUTOUT

(408) 732-0177 (chowder)
Thanks Shitty!!!!!!!
It was a team effort!!!!!!!

Jack Zimmermann
You guys play hockey?

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
mystery person there you are!

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
we missed you!

Shitty?
SERIOUSLY brah

(617) 431-1945 (lardo)
Ya man we wanted
to officially welcome you
to the SMH group chat

Jack Zimmermann
SMH?

Bitty
Samwell Men’s Hockey

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
the greatest team and gc around

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
Ft. former players (me, Holster, Shitty)

+1 (613) 555-0105 (ransom)
& only the BEST managers
around Lardo and Ford.

Jack Zimmermann
Huh.

Jack Zimmermann
I almost went
there actually.

(716) 556-8126 (holster)
THIS IS FATE

Shitty?
IT WAS MEANT TO BEEEE

Bitty
Relax y’all.
What’s your name stranger?

Jack Zimmermann
It’s Jack.

Shitty?
JACKKKKK

Shitty?
welcome

Nursey?
okay but for real
you’re gonna let some rando
stay in the gc?

Nursey?
i had to clean the attic
for WEEKS before
i “earned” a spot smh

Shitty?
IT HAS BEEN SO DECREED

Shitty?
jack m’boy is here to stay


THE FALCS
group chat
October 16, 2016 — 11:34am

Jack Zimmermann
They have now officially
welcomed me to their group chat.

Jack Zimmermann
And uh...

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
)))))))))

“Poots” Fitzgerald
We’re glad you’re
making friends, Jack.
(Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Jack Zimmermann
Ha. Ha.
They play hockey.
They’re the Samwell Men’s
Hockey team.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Oh shit

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
They know you?

Jack Zimmermann
I, uh, haven’t mentioned
my last name…

Sebastien St. Martin
Jack, son…

Jack Zimmermann
I feel like it’s too weird
to mention it now?

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Yeah, no, def
keep them in the dark.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
That would be a good
choice to make, clearly.

Jack Zimmermann
. . . . . .

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Leave Zimmboni alone
He will fix this

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
And then we go to
Samwell game? Yes?


Bitty
Oct 17, 10:32am

Good morning, Jack!
Hope it’s okay that
I’m texting you.

Morning.
It’s alright with me.

Swawesome!

I figured I’d let you
know everyone’s name &
numbers in the gc.

I’m sure it’s all a little
confusing.

Thanks Bitty,
that’d be great.

\(*^▽^*)/

Well first of all, I am,
of course, the one and
only Eric Bittle aka Bitty.

I enjoy: baking, tweeting, Beyoncé,
and kicking ass at hockey.

I dislike: my foreign language requirement,
the LAX team, and my severe case of
constant procrastination.

:D

Me, now?

Hahaha, if you want!

Well, here goes then.

I’m Jack.

I enjoy: hockey, photography, early
mornings, and anything
dealing with history.

I dislike: losing, humidity,
and my anxiety.

Also, who’s Beyoncé?

Honey, no...


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 26 Oct 2016
I keep getting chirped about my pop culture knowledge/my music taste. Does Fleetwood Mac not go hard?

Sebastien St. Martin @SebastienMartin · 26 Oct 2016
@JLZimmermann Ah, so you were the one belting out The Chain this morning.

Providence Falconers @ProvidenceFalconers · 26 Oct 2016
@JLZimmermann @SebastienMartin Shall we play it during pregame warm ups?

Sebastien St. Martin @SebastienMartin · 26 Oct 2016
@ProvidenceFalconers @JLZimmermann It has to be done!

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 26 Oct 2016
@ProvidenceFalconers @SebastienMartin Haha, oh great. I guess I brought this on myself.


are we human or are we dancer
group chat
October 28, 2016 — 7:05pm

Eric Bittle
JACK!!!!!
I can’t deal with this.

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
lmaoooo

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
man ur about to get a
bonafide education from
bitty rn

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
and i’m dying at this
whole situation

Jack Zimmermann
Haha.
What?

Eric Bittle
YOU KNOW WHAT JACK

Eric Bittle
You can’t guess that every song
is by Taylor Swift.

Eric Bittle
Don’t think that I forgot
about Beyoncé!

Eric Bittle
I bet you STILL don’t even know
who she is!!!!

Jack Zimmermann
I’m assuming
a singer?

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
if you could see bitty’s face rn

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
OH BOY

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
he just put his phone down
and is muttering about “this boy”

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
and angrily kneading dough

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
i love him

Jack Zimmermann
Do you think I’ve
lost any potential
food privileges?

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
i would expect a pie
and a mixtape at this point

Jack Zimmermann
I’ll take it.


Eric Bittle
Oct 28, 7:23pm

I’ll admit that
I knew all those songs
weren’t by Taylor Swift.

I KNEW IT!!!!!!

I still don’t know who the
songs were actually by though...

—__—


the couch will never die!!!!!!
group chat
November 5, 2016 — 9:12pm

Jack Zimmermann
Okay, so I
may have finally been
able to watch your guy’s
game tonight…

Jack Zimmermann
And you guys are fantastic.

Jack Zimmermann
I was so impressed.

Jack Zimmermann
Bitty, your speed is crazy.
Combined with those soft hands,
you make people play better.

Jack Zimmermann
Dex and Nursey: Who knew
defencemen could move like that?

Jack Zimmermann
And Chow, how anyone
scores on you is shocking.

Jack Zimmermann
Side note: Also, maybe watched some
older film of you guys
and Rans/Holster/Shitty: filthy.
You guys were honestly fantastic.
Do any of you still play at all?

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
I AM BLUSHING

Eric Bittle
Jack, oh my word.
(Flushed Face ) (Flushed Face ) (Flushed Face ) (Flushed Face )

Jack Zimmermann
I know I left people out, but
honestly, I think you guys have
a real shot to be NCAA champs.

Larissa "Lardo" Duan
I’m with Jack on this one!

Ford Foxtrot
same!

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
I am overcome with emotion rn
by this man who none of us know irl
but THAT PRAISE

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
I WASN’T READY

William Poindexter
Oh wow, thanks man.

Derek Nurse
(Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist)

Chris Chow
Jack!!!!!

Chris Chow
thank you!!!!

Shitty Knight
GODDAMN bless u jack

Shitty Knight
we only play an occasional
shinny now and then but just
know that i love u


Eric Bittle
Nov 5, 9:35pm

Jack, you are too sweet.

This may be kind of weird, but
can I send you a little care package?
In thanks?

I…yeah.
That would be awesome.

My address is 1101 Circle Court
Providence, RI 02903
Send it to Jack Laurent.

You live in Providence?

Yes.

Oh.


THE FALCS
group chat
November 30, 2016 — 3:43pm

Sebastien St. Martin
Where did you say
you got those pies
from Jack?

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Yeah bring more
pls and thanks

Jack Zimmermann
Bittle made them.

Jack Zimmermann
He said something
about maybe sending some
jam if I wanted too.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
BLUEBERRY

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
GET BLUEBERRY

Sebastien St. Martin
Ask him if he can make
some pies for us and for
how much because Gabby
really wants to buy some
if she can.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
B L U E B E R R Y

“Poots” Fitzgerald
We got it tater, calm down.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
But uh, sign me up
for raspberry tho.

Jack Zimmermann
Okay, strawberry
for Tater then.

Jack Zimmermann
I’m gonna need to
start a list at this rate.

Jack Zimmermann
And I’ll ask him and
let you know, Marty.


Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 30 Nov 2016
Still thinking about pie that changed my life. Pls all nag @JLZimmermann into getting more ))))))

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 30 Nov 2016
@AMashkov I’m working on it.

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 30 Nov 2016
@JLZimmermann you are best


Eric Bittle
Nov 30, 5:25pm

Your baked goods
have started a war with
my co-workers.

Hahaha, oh my goodness!

Hope it’s nothing bad.

It’s more like…
they want to buy basically
anything that you’re
willing to bake at this point.

And I have requests for jam.

The pie was “life changing.”

(Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes )
I’m glad y’all liked it!

I’m surprised you decided
to share it with anyone.

Bittle, I added a lot
of carbs to my diet by eating
most of the pie, but
it was worth it.

The apple pie with maple
sugar. Wow.

Even if I didn’t want
to share it, my co-worker
saw it and decided he needed
some, and it snowballed from there.

Thanks for the note too, by the way.

I may have already
went ahead and sent
some more…
I’m not sorry.

You’re welcome! :D


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 4 Dec 2016
What are the chances that someone you’re talking to online is actually who they say they are?

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 4 Dec 2016
Or, honestly, if they’re even as good of a person as they seem? Asking for a friend, obv. #dontjudgeme

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 4 Dec 2016
Okay all of y’all asking me about this just know y’all are as bad as the boys. Just leave me to pine after this (with my luck) ugly, horrible, straight boy. Thank you and good day.


say a little prayer for you (finals week is coming)
group chat
December 8, 2016 — 8:13am

Shitty Knight
bitty, my man,
my sweet georgia peach

Eric Bittle
Please refrain from
calling me that ever again.

Shitty Knight
it felt weird after i hit send
i’m sorry

Shitty Knight
BUT ANYWAY
Bitty...

Shitty Knight
who’s the guy?

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
CALLED. OUT.

Larissa "Lardo" Duan
Bitty won’t even
tell me so good luck

Eric Bittle
Y’all really won’t
leave this alone
will you?

Eric Bittle
I didn’t want to have
to do this, but…

Eric Bittle
Jack lives in Providence.

Shitty Knight
WHAT?????????

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
JACKKKKKKKKK

Chris Chow
Jack, you’re so close to here!

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
DO YOU HATE US?
Ransom and I are in Boston!!!!

Larissa "Lardo" Duan
Wow man for real?

Jack Zimmermann
What?

Jack Zimmermann
It’s just never came up?

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
SMH JACK SMH

Jack Zimmermann
I’m sorry?

Shitty Knight
you should be!!!!!!!!

Derek Nurse
uh, p sure jack should
be temporarily removed
from the gc for this

Derek Nurse
i’ve been for offenses
less than this

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
good point bud

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
thoughts everyone?


Eric Bittle
Dec 8, 8:35am

Really threw me to the
wolves there eh, Bittle?

I’m only like a little
bit sorry.

I had to distract them
with something.

Uh huh, right
“the guy.”

So, what’s he like?

JACK

:D

Oh my god.

I am not talking
to you about this.

And there’s NO guy
thank you very much.

Haha, okay.

If you did ever want to talk…
I’m here.

Thanks Jack.
(▰˘◡˘▰)


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 11 Dec 2016
I never thought I’d see the day when I’d kind of miss a group chat.

"Poots" Fitzgerald @fitzhockey · 11 Dec 2016
@JLZimmermann what the falcs one not good enough for you anymore?

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 11 Dec 2016
@JLZimmermann @fitzhockey the disrespect zimmboni hahahah kidding

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 11 Dec 2016
@fitzhockey @AMashkov Guess you two don’t want the jam that I got in the mail today then…

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 11 Dec 2016
@JLZimmermann @fitzhockey love u best friend ))))))))))))))))))))


welcome back jack
group chat
December 15, 2016 — 8:13am

Shitty Knight
missed u jack

Eric Bittle
Sorry it took so long, Jack!

William Poindexter
Yeah exams were a little hectic or
you would have been added
back sooner.

Jack Zimmermann
Haha. That’s alright.

Jack Zimmermann
I understand.

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
Yeah we def need to see
your reaction to smth
come tomorrow…

Eric Bittle
Oh lord.


Papa
Dec 16, 8:01am

Have you seen this article?

Eric Bittle: baker, social media
guru, and first out NCAA
hockey captain

http://espn.com/ncaa/story/
eric-bittle-out-sports-captain

That’s him, isn’t it?

Wow, it is…
too early for
this information.

Be sure to work
that Zimmermann
charm, son.


Eric Bittle: baker, social media guru, and first out NCAA hockey captain
by John Johnson for ESPN

Eric Bittle might not, at first glance, seem like your typical hockey player, what with his stature, his popular baking vlog, and not to mention that Southern twang, but one look at him on the ice says otherwise.

Bittle is captain and right wing of the Samwell Men’s Hockey team in Samwell, Massachusetts. But growing up in Madison, Georgia, Bittle was, at first, a figure skater. “I loved figure skating, still do,” Bittle said, as we sat in the kitchen at Bittle’s fraternity home aka “The Haus.” Or, rather, I sat and he continued baking, apologizing for not having anything ready (he tells me “the frogs” [underclassmen] ate what he had made, believing it was for them). “The boys love it when I bring out a move during practice, and it’s something I’ve tried to incorporate into my skating. It’s probably why I can move so quickly on the ice.”

And that is putting it lightly. Bittle is best known for his smooth skating on the ice, leaving opposing players in the dust with his quick reflexes and lightning fast speed. I ask him what the transition was like from figure skating to hockey.

He pauses for a moment, pressing the pie crust into the pan. “When I was younger, I was bullied a lot. About everything really...the way I looked, talked, moved, you name it and I was bullied for it. It became worse once I picked up skating and my family thought it was best we move. So when we eventually did, well, there wasn’t any figure skating coaches available, and I felt like...it was time for something else.” He laughs. “And who knew where that decision would have me end up. And I’ll have you know I was in a co-ed non contact league, and the shock that is getting hit, was something.”

And getting hit is something that, unfortunately, Bittle does know all about. When Bittle was a freshman, he was the recipient of a hip check that sent him airborne, his head bouncing off of the ice. It resulted in a mild concussion for Bittle that ended his season.

“Being checked always terrified me, still does a little bit,” Bittle admits. “And when that happened...it was even harder to overcome my fear of it.” He’s quiet for a moment, placing the filling into the pie dish. I ask him if he believes there’s something at the root of this fear of being checked. Had his being bullied manifested itself so strongly?

He smiles sadly in response. “If I’m completely honest, yes. I was constantly shoved into closets, harassed, pushed...it was all so much. Even when I tried to stand up for myself there was always someone to push me back down.” He sits back down in a chair across from me after putting the pie in the oven and setting the timer. “I wasn’t out then. Honestly, I couldn’t even admit to myself that I was gay at the time. But, it was something that I was constantly harassed about. Kids would call me derogatory names, make fun of me for ice skating…and sometimes they would shove me in lockers, closets, whatever they could lock and just leave me there for hours. I would constantly get pushed in the hallways too, and eventually…I couldn’t hide what was happening from my parents anymore and we moved.”

It’s quiet between the two of us. I can’t imagine being in Bittle’s shoes and what that must have been like.

“I’d like to think that I’m past it now though,” Bittle continues. “My teammates have really helped me. They’ve really accepted me for who I am, and I feel incredibly blessed for that. Oh lord, and they set up this checking clinic for me, and goodness let me tell you it was too early in the morning to be continually checked, but it helped, and I’m thankful that it did.” Bittle smiles, his face lighting up. “You know we have a saying here, ‘got your back’ and for the first time in my life, I really feel like somebody does. This team is some of the best friends I could ever ask for.”

There’s a small, heartfelt chorus of “Bitty!!!” that rings from outside of the kitchen. Bittle shakes his head, looking slightly embarrassed but pleased. “I shoulda known all of y’all were listening!” he says, his voice carrying.

I wonder now what it’s like for Bitty, to be out and captain of an NCAA hockey team that has a good chance to make it to the Frozen Four. I ask him what made him decide to come out.

“I never wanted to hide who I am here,” Bittle says. “I wanted to show myself that I could do it. That I could be exactly who I am and be proud of it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but the team and coaches have been great and accepting.” He begins to tap his fingers on the table, seemingly nervous. “I can’t say that there is a complete lack of people who judge me for it, on the ice and off, but if I can show one person that it’s okay to be gay or whatever they may identity as...then I’ll be happy.”

From the messages that flood his mentions on twitter thanking him, his devoted baking vlog followers, to his teammates that run into the kitchen to dog pile on him in cheer, Bittle’s impact is clear and obvious to those around him. Seeing this young adult thriving after, to put it rather simply, a (at times) harrowing beginning, is something incredibly inspiring.

It is hard to believe that Bittle and the rest of the Samwell Men’s Hockey team are destined for anything other than great things. They are the kind of people you want to root for, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next.


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 16 Dec 2016
Oh lord, all of y’all mentioning that article. I still can’t believe that ESPN wanted to do a feature on me. ME.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 16 Dec 2016
If 13 year old me knew that I would be out /and/ captain of an NCAA men’s hockey team…let me just say that he would certainly NEVER believe that. Too busy being shoved into closets.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 16 Dec 2016
But! I’m happy that my story has inspired so many people! I feel immensely honored!

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 16 Dec 2016
I really don’t have the words to say what this all means to me. Just know that I’ve #GotYourBack y’all as I know you have mine.


THE FALCS
group chat
December 16, 2016 — 9:22am

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Oh zimmboni
u screwed )))))

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Tiny Bitty is too
cute for you

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Yeah, man.
He is way outta
your league.

Jack Zimmermann
Thanks for the support guys…

Jack Zimmermann
I...I think I really
like him.


THAT!!!! INTERVIEW!!!!!!
group chat
December 16, 2016 — 10:14am

Shitty Knight
BITTY!!!!!!!!

Chris Chow
the interview was great, bitty!!!!!!

Derek Nurse
tango keeps asking if he can
print it out and frame it…

Eric Bittle
Y’ALL I—

Eric Bittle
(Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes ) (Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes )

Eric Bittle
And lord I just got off the phone
with my Mama and Coach and let
me just tell all of y’all...

Eric Bittle
I am OVERWHELMED
by the love and support
right now by everyone.

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
bitty, my MAN

Jack Zimmermann
It was a great article.

Jack Zimmermann
You should be really proud.

Jack Zimmermann
And I know from experience how
tiring it can be to have to
continually come out, and to do
it the way you did…
must have took a lot of courage.

Jack Zimmermann
Proud of you, Bittle. (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist)

Eric Bittle
(Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts )

Shitty Knight
what is this?

Shitty Knight
make shitty cry day?

Shitty Knight
and who knew that
jack used emojis????????


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 17 Dec 2016
Y’all know that feeling when you learn something about someone and you just weren’t ready for that information…

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 17 Dec 2016
GOOD information though. And it is just…...making me feel A Lot of things right now. #boywasntready


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann is now following @SamwellHockey!

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 19 Dec 2016
RT @SamwellHockey Be sure to check out the ESPN article featuring our own Eric Bittle (@omgcheckplease) -> espn.com/ncaa/story/ eric-bittle-out-sports-captain #GotYourBack

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 19 Dec 2016
I think I did that right? Anyway, it’s an inspiring read, and I hope we as a hockey community can keep making positive strides for the LGBTQ+ community. (Rainbow )


Phone Call
Eric Bittle to Jack Laurent
December 20, 2016 — 1:09pm

“Hello?”

“—I can’t believe you did this!”

“Dex, honestly, you just need to chill.”

“That was my—”

“Um, hello?”

“IT WASN’T ON PURPOSE.”

“BOYS! Y’all need to relax—”

“Is anyone there?”

“—Bitty!”

“DEREK MALIK NURSE! You get your tush back here and SIT. DOWN. You too Dex! Do you hear me! You two are going to talk this out so help me god.”

“Jesus, Bitty...”

Call Ended


Eric Bittle
Dec 20, 1:15pm

Um, I think you
just butt dialed me.

Is it always so chaotic there?

Also, you weren’t kidding
about the accent were you, eh?

Oh lord! I’m sorry!
I didn’t mean to call you!

I was just about to text you
and I must have hit call instead
when Dex and Nursey came in
all rambunctious.

It was fine, Bittle.

I mean…you can
call me if you want to.

Really?

I’d like that.

Me too.


Eric Bittle
Dec 25, 11:11am

Merry Christmas, Jack!

Merry Christmas, Bittle.

Thanks for the all the food.
It all looks delicious.

Lord, it was the least I could
do, especially after you got
me that new mixer (oh my god)
and those!!! mixing!!!! bowls!!!

I love them. Thank you (Two Hearts )

You’re welcome.
I know you said you needed
some new stuff so…

I just wanted to help you out.

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Oh yeah, and thanks for the mix.
I’m really enjoying it.

I’m glad you like it!
You have no more excuses
about not knowing about
modern music now!

Haha. Yeah I guess we’ll find out.
The first song is Beyoncé right?

The lord is testing me.

Hahaha.


guess who’s back, back again
group chat
January 10, 2017 — 8:01pm

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
real talk: anyone wanna pull a freaky friday
so i can opt out of my data class?

Eric Bittle
Holster, lord, honey if only that
was a real thing.

Derek Nurse
yeah too bad this is the real world
where you still have to
pass french, huh?

Eric Bittle
Don’t remind me, Nursey.

Eric Bittle
Ignorance is bliss.

Jack Zimmermann
If you need help, Bittle,
I speak Québécois.

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
BRUH


Phone Call
Eric Bittle to Jack Laurent
January 10, 2017 — 8:34pm

“Hello?”

“First of all, Jack, how dare you.”

“What, Bittle?”

“Why have you never told me that you speak French? Hmm?”

“Well, technically, it’s—”

“I mean I should have realized it every other time we’ve talked. You sound Canadian. I must’ve just gotten used to Ransom’s accent...”

“Haha.”

“—Bitty are you talking to Jack?”

“Yes.”

(muffled) “Bitty is talking to Jack!!!!”

“Oh lord.”

“Put him on speaker!”

“SPEAKER. SPEAKER. SPEAKER.”

“Calm down, y’all, my word. This is why I’ve never told y’all when I’m talking to him. Goodness, you’re on speaker now, Jack.”

“Hi everyone.”

“Hi Jack!!! It’s Chowder!!! Bitty picked a great time to call, we’re all here for once!”

“Hey Chow, that’s great.”

“Bruh, it’s Shitty. So, uh, how about making a road trip to Samwell? Boston? Cambridge? I mean really...WHY HAVEN’T WE MET YET??????”

“Leave him alone, Shits.”

“What Lardo? Like you don’t care?”

“Shitty…”

“Can I just apologize on behalf of everyone right now? Y’all can’t be calm, can you...”

“You’re the one who’s turning red, Bitty.”

“...shut up, Dex. But, anyway, Jack, maybe I’ll just call you later. And we can come up with a plan?”

“Sounds good, Bittle.”

“Uh huh, we see how it is Bitty. Ashamed of us????”

“I’ll let you get the first slice of pie if you be quiet.”

“Oh, I’d take that deal.”

“Thank you, Jack.”

“Fineeeeee, we’ll leave then. Jack, it was nice hearing from you!”

“Yeah, Jack! Nice to put a voice to the text!”

“All right, y’all, I’m sure you’ll hear from him again, now...bye, Jack. I promise I’ll call you later.”

“Bye, Bittle.”

“Bye, Jack!!!!!!”

“Bye guys.”

“—okay real quick...doesn’t he sound like Jack Zimmermann?”

Call Ended


Shitty Knight
Jan 10, 9:01pm

jack

jaCK

JACK

were you ever going to tell us?

Tell you what?

don’t play dumb, man
you’re jack zimmermann
like actually him, right?

honestly, i don’t know how
i didn’t see it before.

jack laurent
it’s your MIDDLE name!!!!

and bitty said you lived in providence

oh my god you retweeted bitty’s article
we all freaked about that for days

I guess I just never knew
how to bring it up?
It was nice not having everyone
know who I am.

I am sorry for keeping it
from you all though.
Especially now, since I’d like
to think we’re friends.

Tater kept telling me
the longer I waited
the harder it was going to be.

Are you mad?

nah, man. i get it
does it kinda suck? yeah
but, i get it

Has everyone figured it out?

no
i think atm it’s just me and Lardo tbh

u should srsly think about telling
bitty though. dude adores you.

I know.
He really deserves to know.

mmhmm

okay for real tho
i’m driving back to
harvard friday

do you wanna meet up
before i go?
gotta make sure you ARE
who you say you are

and i know we could video chat
or whatever but that’s not the point
i gotta see that famous butt in person

Oh wow, Harvard?
And yeah, I’d like that.
I have an off day, so that
works great actually.

perfect brah

and yeah man
i’m a complex dude obvs

Haha, sounds good.
That’s awesome, Shitty.

now...here’s the plan…


THE FALCS
group chat
January 12, 2017 — 10:01am

Jack Zimmermann
Okay, so, I’m meeting
Shitty tomorrow for the
first time…

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
????????????????

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Will Bitty b there?

Jack Zimmermann
No. It’s just gonna be Shitty.

Jack Zimmermann
I think.

Sebastien St. Martin
Finally decided to tell them
have you?

Sebastien St. Martin
Good choice, son.

Jack Zimmermann
Well, Shitty figured it out…

Jack Zimmermann
But I’m going to call Bittle in a minute
and tell him the truth.

Jack Zimmermann
Once I meet Shitty I’ll tell
the rest of them.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Need me to come with u??

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
I will

Jack Zimmermann
Thanks, Tater.
But I think I’ll be okay.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Please send us a picture
of Shitty. I need to know
what he looks like lmao.


Phone Call
Eric Bittle to Jack Laurent
January 12, 2017 — 10:19am

“Hello?”

“Hey, Bittle, it’s Jack.”

“Hi sweetpea, haven’t had enough of me butchering French have you?”

“Haha, I would never.”

“You say that now...haha...but what’s up?”

“Eh, well, uhm, I have something to tell you?”

“Are you asking me or telling me?”

“Bittle.”

“Sorry, hold on, let me close my door. Don’t need any interruptions.”

“...”

“All right, honey, what is it?”

“Um, well, I’m actually going to be in the area tomorrow…”

“The Samwell area?”

“Yes.”

“Oh my…”

“I’m actually meeting with Shitty, at Annie’s I think he called it.”

“You’re meeting Shitty. Here. Where I live.”

“Yes.”

“At Annie’s.”

“Um, yes. But, Bittle? Would you—would you want—”

“Lord, yes. Yes, Jack.”

“Haha. Great.”

(laughing) “Yeah.”

“Bittle, listen, there’s something else…about me I should tell you.”

“Lord, you’re making me feel like a wreck now, Jack. My heart is beating so fast, goodness.”

“Sorry, euh, it’s nothing bad.”

“Just keep going.”

“Right, okay, I should tell you that Laurent isn’t my last name…”

“...Okay…”

“It’s actually Zimmermann, and I, uh, play professional hockey for the Providence Falconers…”

“Oh my god, you’re—”

“Jack Zimmermann, yeah.”

“...”

“Bittle, you still there?”

“Yeah, I am just…processing...all of this…”

“I’m sorry for not telling you earlier. I just never thought that being added to a group chat would lead to this. And, it was...nice not having anyone judge me over my last name. Which, I know, sounds like an excuse, euh, but you guys all mean a lot to me.”

“...”

“I understand that I should have been more upfront about it, but I hope we can still be friends…”

(quietly) “Just friends, huh?”

“What?”

“Nothing, Jack.”

“Please think about still coming, Bittle. I—It would be great to meet you. In person.”

“Yeah, I’ll—I’ll think about it.”

“Okay, well...I should probably go…”

“Right, of course, Jack.”

“Have a meeting I need to…”

“...”

“Hopefully I’ll see you tomorrow?”

“Bye, Jack.”

“Bye, Bittle.”

Call Ended


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 12 Jan 2017
Crisse, I feel like I’ve messed everything up now.

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 12 Jan 2017
@JLZimmermann ????????

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 12 Jan 2017
How do you delete a tweet?


Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Jan 12, 12:02pm

I meant to text you that…

I guessed hahah

Tell little b not
go well then?

You could say that.

(((((((((((

Is he meeting u?????

I wanna say no.

I should have just
told all of them
from the start.

It’s my own fault.

It’ll all work out
zimmboni I promise

Thanks, Tater.


Shitty Knight
Jan 13, 9:24am

today is the day jack!!!!!!!

are you ready?

Hahaha, as ready
as I’ll ever be.

Meet you at noon?

yessir

i’ll be the one with the kickass
mustache.

it’s a shame u missed out on my flow.

Haha, I’ll be on the lookout.


THE FALCS
group chat
January 13, 2017 — 2:11pm

Jack Zimmermann
Shitty has decided that we
are now best friends…

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
EXCUSE ME

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Pics or it didn’t happen.

Jack Zimmermann
photo1.jpg

Jack Zimmermann
“This moment needs to be captured brah.
Your gorgeous baby blues and my sweet
mustachioed self.” - Shitty Knight

“Poots” Fitzgerald
(Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

“Poots” Fitzgerald
He’s exactly like what
I expected.

Jack Zimmermann
Haha, yeah.
That and more.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
B there?

Sebastien St. Martin
Yeah, you can’t leave us
in suspense, Jack.

Jack Zimmermann
No, he didn’t show up.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
((((((((((((((

Snowy
sucks man

Jack Zimmermann
Oh wait

Jack Zimmermann
I think he just walked in

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Oh shit.


Eric Bittle
Jan 13, 10:05pm

It was great to see you.

You too, Bittle.

I’m really glad you made it.

Me too, Mr. Zimmermann.
(Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts )

But I feel like I need
to apologize on behalf of
the entire SMH team????

Should have known better
then to take you to the Haus.

Hahaha.
I wouldn’t worry about it.

The comments about your
~behind were a bit Much.

And lord, no wonder so many
other students hate us. I’ve never
realized just how LOUD everyone
is. Honestly, I have never heard Chowder
screech so loud as when he saw you.

Hahaha. Thanks, Bittle.

If you think they’re bad,
you’re gonna have to meet
the rest of the Falconers.

Me? Meet the
Falconers?

Honey.

What?

I heard you knew one of
the alternate captains?
Jack Zimmer-something?

Oh, him?
Idk, I only met him once.

Ha, but did he make an impression?

Hmm, well, at this point,
I’d say it was a fairly good one.

Might have to meet up with
him again to make sure though.
I forgot to have him take some
pb&j cookies with him.

It’ll have to be arranged then.

Guess so.


jack motherfucking zimmermann
group chat
January 14, 2017 — 11:11am

William Poindexter
Uh, so, it was swawesome of you
to stop by, Jack.

Derek Nurse
forreal tho

Chris Chow
I might still be in shock.

Jack Zimmermann
It was great meeting you all in person.

Jack Zimmermann
Thanks for having me over.

Shitty Knight
WE LOVE U BRAH

Shitty Knight
i hope ur ready for
frequent visits and to be
showered with affection

Jack Zimmermann
Can you stay a bit more
dressed this time? Hahaha.

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
after awhile it’s natural

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
remember when bitty’s mom
was here and shitty was in his
underwear?????

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
poor mrs. bittle tbh

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
she didn’t deserve that

Shitty Knight
okay i’ll give you that one

Jack Zimmermann
I feel like I really don’t know
what I got myself into.

Eric Bittle
Too bad.
You’re stuck with us. :D

Larissa “Lardo” Duan
What Bitty said.

Justin "Ransom" Oluransi
we got your back bro

Jack Zimmermann
Thanks guys.

Jack Zimmermann
Likewise.


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann started following @omgcheckplease, @bsknight, @larissaduan, @justinoluransi, @adambirkz, @chrischow, @dereknurseyy, @dothefoxtrot, and @williamdex.

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi @justinoluransi · 17 Jan 2017
@JLZimmermann i am living for your tweets jack (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 17 Jan 2017
@justinoluransi I thought you had my back?

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi @justinoluransi · 17 Jan 2017
@JLZimmermann lmaoooooo love u bro


yo marry me jack zimmermann
group chat
January 27, 2017 — 11:25pm

Shitty Knight
please tell me u all saw
that sign earlier

Larissa “Lardo” Duan
How jealous are you that you
never thought of doing that?

Shitty Knight
you have no idea lardo

Shitty Knight
NO IDEA

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
the next time we all go
to a falcs game can we please
make that sign and have bitty
hold it up

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
YES

Shitty Knight
i have never wanted anything
more in my life

Derek Nurse
(Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Eric Bittle
First of all, no.

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
lmaooo bitty

Jack Zimmermann
I’m a little offended that
you don’t want to marry me, Bittle.

Shitty Knight
jackkkkk

Ford Foxtrot
AMAZING

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
as you should be jack

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
you have to do it now bitty

Eric Bittle
JACK

Eric Bittle
╭∩╮(︶︿︶)╭∩╮

Jack Zimmermann
Anyway…

Ford Foxtrot
Please no one change
the gc name I beg you.

Eric Bittle
I hate this.


Eric Bittle
Jan 27, 11:35pm

Shouldn’t you be asleep
Mr. Zimmermann?

And not chirping me?

Haha. I wish I was sleeping.
I just got back to the hotel.

And I always have time to chirp you.

(Front-Facing Baby Chick ) (Front-Facing Baby Chick ) (Front-Facing Baby Chick )

(Unamused Face ) (Unamused Face ) (Unamused Face ) (Unamused Face )


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 Feb 2017
Question of the day: is This Boy flirting or just chirping me? #forrealthoishouldnotbethisoverwhelmed #(Front-Facing Baby Chick ) (Front-Facing Baby Chick ) (Front-Facing Baby Chick )

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 Feb 2017
I am honestly cackling at everyone’s responses. I love y’all. #wishitwasflirtingtho

Adam “Holster” Birkholtz @adambirkz · 2 Feb 2017
@omgcheckplease 100% chance he can see this bro

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 Feb 2017
@adambirkz Will he though? Will he? And who’s to say it’s who you’re thinking of?????

Adam “Holster” Birkholtz @adambirkz · 2 Feb 2017
@omgcheckplease bitty……………

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 Feb 2017
@adambirkz ADAM


Shitty Knight
Feb 2, 3:43pm

Does Bitty like someone?

are u for real rn?

Uh, yeah?

seriously?

Yes, Shits.
I’m dead serious.

i….
okay.

i feel weird talking about this
to you, and it’s kinda like going
behind bitty’s back but…

obviously he does jack.

OBVIOUSLY

But…

jack m’boy, my sweet hockey prince,
you know he likes you. there is no way
with how much the two of you talk that
you can’t possibly NOT be aware of this

and i know YOU like him too

correct?

Crisse, I really do.

we have a break through!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a plan, okay?

thank god the pining was out of control

What?

nevermind just go on

Okay, well, I was thinking…


THE FALCS
group chat
February 14, 2017 — 8:01am

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Jack pls keep us updated

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Need to know if u sweep b
off feet

Sebastien St. Martin
Yeah, especially since Jack is
clearly out here trying to
make the rest of us look bad.

Snowy
right? like damn

Jack Zimmermann
Hahaha.
Don’t jinx me.

Jack Zimmermann
My dad already told me
to “keep working that
Zimmermann charm, son” so…

Jack Zimmermann
Let’s not make things worse.

Snowy
lmaoooo


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 14 Feb 2017
I am at a loss for words rn y’all. A. LOSS. FOR. WORDS.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 14 Feb 2017
Am I currently surrounded by an astronomical amount of roses? Maybe!

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 14 Feb 2017
This boy I stg. #hewasflirting


Phone Call
Eric Bittle to Jack Zimmermann
February 14, 2017 — 1:04pm

“Hello?”

“Hi Jack.”

“Bittle, hey.”

“So…” (laughs) “I got your flowers…”

“I’m glad. It wasn’t too much was it?”

“Haha, oh honey, that many dozens of roses is never too much for one person.”

“Uh huh, chirp chirp. I see how it is, Bittle.”

“Oh hush. But sweetheart, your note. Lord, Jack...did you mean it?”

“Every word, Bitty.”

“Wow, um, I don’t know what to say.”

“Just think about it, okay?”

“Jack…”

“Now, tell me about how the tadpoles are getting on with that new offensive play you guys came up with.”

“You silly man.”

“What?”

“I don’t need to think about it.”

“...Oh.”

“The answer is yes.”


THE FALCS
group chat
February 14, 2017 — 2:11pm

Jack Zimmermann
So...

Snowy
zimmermann…

Snowy
deets

Jack Zimmermann
We’re going on a date.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
ZIMMBONNI!!!!!!!!!!!!

Randall "Thirdy" Robinson
Happy for you, Jack!

Randall "Thirdy" Robinson
You’ll have to stop over
with Bitty for dinner one night!

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
Bring b to practice!!!!

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
I miss him

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
and his pies


fines for days
group chat
February 24, 2017 — 9:02am

Shitty Knight
is there anything either
jack or bitty would like
to share with the class?

William Poindexter
Yeah, I’m at the ready
to kept track of all the fines.

Eric Bittle
What are you two even
talking about?

William Poindexter
Chowder saw the two of you
making out in front of the Haus.

Derek Nurse
LOL

Derek Nurse
smooth

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
lmao that’s a FINE

Eric Bittle
(Flushed Face ) (Flushed Face ) (See-No-Evil Monkey )

Jack Zimmermann
Fines?

Jack Zimmermann
How about I just
put a deposit down
and we call it a day, eh?

Eric Bittle
oh my god

Shitty Knight
respect brah


Eric Bittle
March 1, 6:45pm

Jack Zimmermann
I can’t believe you
just did that to me.

How dare you.

Hahaha.

If it makes you feel
any better he thinks
you’re too good for me.

Well…

Kidding. (Two Hearts )

But lord, honey,
you could have told
me your dad was there
when we started facetiming.

And deprive myself
of hearing you stumble
over your words ala
“Mr. Bad B—Mr. Jack’s Dad.”

Never.

You’re lucky you’re cute mister.


KEGSTER! KEGSTER! KEGSTER!
group chat
March 10, 2017 — 11:21pm

William Poindexter
So are all of you coming down
for the kegster?

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
hells yeah man

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
me and holster are making the trip

Larissa "Lardo" Duan
Who else would kick your asses
at beer pong?

Shitty Knight
as if i would miss it

Shitty Knight
need to drink away the
woes that is law school

Jack Zimmermann
Bits was telling me about this.

Jack Zimmermann
Tater is adamant that we both go.

Shitty Knight
jack pls i need u in my life

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
alexei mashkov… in the haus…
in the same room as me………

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
i…… need a moment……

Jack Zimmermann
You gonna be okay, Ransom?

Eric Bittle
He’s obsessed with him (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Derek Nurse
would be so dope
if you showed up Jack

Jack Zimmermann
I should be able to,
fingers crossed.

Derek Nurse
swawesome


KEGSTER TIME IS HERE!!!!!!
group chat
March 14, 2017 — 9:07pm

Chris Chow
Has anyone seen Ransom?

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
he’s been hiding ever
since jack and tater showed up

Derek Nurse
lol

Derek Nurse
forreal tho

Derek Nurse
please tell me someone
saw bitty carrying tater
around

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
I have video evidence lmaoooo

Jack Zimmermann
Could you send it
to me, Holster?

Jack Zimmermann
My teammates will
never believe me.

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
done brah

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
now should we send tater
up to the attic where ransom
is hiding?

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
also why is bitty making pies?

Jack Zimmermann
We may never know
the answer to that one.
Will we, eh?


THE FALCS
group chat
March 15, 2017 — 5:32pm

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Please tell me that
Tater got his ass
kicked at beer pong.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
(Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy ) (Face With Tears Of Joy )

Jack Zimmermann
Hahaha. Big time.

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
I wasn’t prepared for
force that is lardo

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
I love her

Snowy
amazing

Snowy
pretty sure we all
need to go to
one of these one day

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Eric Bittle
April 2, 10:32am

Are you stopping
over before the game?

Of course, honey!
I miss your face!

Miss you too, Bits.

Shitty and Lardo are
gonna come get me later.

Also, I have some food for you. :D

Thanks, bud.

You didn’t have to…

I know that Mr. Zimmermann,
but what kind of boyfriend would
I be if I left my significant other to starve?

I would say that it’s
not that dramatic, but…

Me? Let you live off
protein shakes?
Absolutely not.

Plus I have stuff for Tater too.

Haha.
He’ll be thrilled.

Oh my god, Dex is trying
to fine me right now.

“I can just tell that you’re being
overtly sweet.” - Dex

THE DISRESPECT.

It’s not even like we’re
talking on the phone.

If sweet is what he wants...
Hold on and I’ll call you.

:)

Sneaky, I love it.


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 April 2017
Can’t wait to see the @ProvidenceFalconers win tonight! #GOPVD

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 April 2017
But of course it wouldn’t be a SMH group outing if it didn’t involve something embarrassing!

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 April 2017
Y’all will see, okay? But if y’all could NOT judge me in advance that’d be great, thanks!


Phone Call
Jack Zimmermann to Eric Bittle
April 2, 2017 — 10:09pm

“Hello?”

“Bits, hey.”

“Jack!!!!! Oh my god, honey, what a game!!!!”

“Haha, thanks bud. Where are you guys at?”

“We’re hanging around the mezzanine area at the moment.”

“Okay, is it alright if I send someone to get you? I would really like to see you before you leave.”

“Oh sweetpea, of course. I figured you would want to head home right away; I know you have a game tomorrow.”

“Honestly, right now I just want to kiss you, and tell you I love you too in person.”

“Jack, oh my…you saw?”

“I did. Now get over here so we can talk, eh?”

“Oh, Jack.”


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 2 April 2017
Great win tonight! Thanks for all of the support! @ProvidenceFalconers

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 2 April 2017
Also, glad to see that the “Yo marry me Jack Zimmermann” sign is still going strong. At least this time it was my boyfriend holding it.

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 2 April 2017
Haha, and no, we’re not getting married. He apparently lost a bet.

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 2 April 2017
I appreciate all the love though.

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 2 April 2017
@JLZimmermann (Face Throwing A Kiss ) (Face Throwing A Kiss ) (Face Throwing A Kiss ) (Face Throwing A Kiss ) (Face Throwing A Kiss ) (Face Throwing A Kiss )

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 2 April 2017
@JLZimmermann @omgcheckplease hahahaha i love u two and the sign #zimbits

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 2 April 2017
@JLZimmermann @omgcheckplease but next time i hold sign k? )))))))) #zimbits


name a more iconic couple than #ZIMBITS
group chat
April 3, 2017 — 5:32pm

Jack Zimmermann
I don’t know how you
all managed to do this
without me knowing.

Jack Zimmermann
But I commend you.

Shitty Knight
it’s literally the greatest
thing that has ever happened

Jack Zimmermann
Yeah, the addition to the
other side of the sign was great.

Eric Bittle
Jack

Eric Bittle
Oh my lord…

Eric Bittle
(Flushed Face ) (Face Throwing A Kiss )

Eric Bittle
My mama called about that
you know.

Jack Zimmermann
Hahaha.

Jack Zimmermann
Don’t feel bad I got a call
from my dad too.

Shitty Knight
I love bad bob

Shitty Knight
and ur welcome
for coming up with the idea

Shitty Knight
what better way to say
I love you than through
an iconic sign

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
ICONIC

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
also can we please
refer to u guys as zimbits
ALWAYS


Papa
April 3, 6:01pm

Are your mother and I finally
going to meet Eric in person now
or what?

Papa…

Hmm?

We planned on making
a trip up to Canada
when the season is over.

Now that’s what I like to hear!

I’ll tell your Maman.

And, actually,
if you wanted...


Phone Call
Jack Zimmermann to Eric Bittle
April 10, 2017 — 7:12pm

“Hello. The person you are trying to reach can’t make it to the phone right now. Please leave a message after the tone.”

“Hey Bits, it’s Jack. Huh, just wanted to talk for a minute. If you get a chance, call me back. Love you.”


Phone Call
Eric Bittle to Jack Zimmermann
April 12, 2017 — 8:43am

“Hello. The person you are trying to reach can’t make it to the phone right now. Please leave a message after the tone.”

“Jack, honey, it’s Bitty. Sorry I keep missing your calls, sweetpea. Everything is so hectic right now. If you have time give me a call. Miss you, Jack.”


Eric Bittle
April 13, 10:11pm

Jack, can you call
me when you get
a chance?

I hate this phone
tag we’ve been playing
lately.

I know we're both starting
playoffs soon, and I’ve
been super stressed about
finals week (and my senior
project that we don't speak of).

But lord, honey, I miss you.

I guess you’re probably asleep,
but call me in the morning?
Please? I love you.


Phone Call
Jack Zimmermann to Eric Bittle
April 14, 2017 — 9:03am

“Hello. The person you are trying to reach can’t make it to the phone right now. Please leave a message after the tone.”

“Eric, it’s Jack. I didn’t see your messages until this morning. Crisse, we’re a pair aren’t we, eh? Well, I’m actually—”

“Hello? Jack?”

“Bits?”

“Jack, honey.”

Bits…

“I feel like I’ve forgotten what your voice sounds like Mr. Zimmermann.”

“Haha. The feeling is mutual. I forgot how pronounced your Southern accent gets.”

“Oh, chirp chirp.”

“Haha. Bitty, I’m actually on my way to Samwell right now.”

“...”

“Bittle?”

“Are you serious?”

“Of course.”

“Jack…”

“Listen, these past couple of weeks have been awful, eh? I know I can get a little distant when it comes to playoffs time because my anxiety can overtake a lot of things, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. I know we’ve both been busy with our own things, but I want to make it right. And, crisse, I just want to see you.”

“You silly man.”

“I love you. Now, tell me your plans for studying. I’ll help you while I’m driving.”

“Jack Zimmermann, I love you too.”

“Go on, Bits.”

“Well, alright…”


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 20 April 2017
Good luck to the @SamwellHockey team tonight playing in the National Championship game! #GoWellies

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 20 April 2017
go wellies go )))))) RT @JLZimmermann Good luck to the @SamwellHockey team tonight playing in the National Championship game! #GoWellies


great moments are born from great opportunity
group chat
April 20, 2017 — 11:01pm

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
so proud of you all rn

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
it sucks to lose but YOU. GUYS.
KILLED. IT.

Shitty Knight
srsly there is NOTHING
to be ashamed of

Shitty Knight
like i’m still in awe
that our little team
made it this far

Larissa "Lardo" Duan
Love you guys so much

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
also p sure this is the best
samwell has done in years????

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
BE PROUD

Jack Zimmermann
That was a great game.

Jack Zimmermann
Absolutely nothing to
hang your head over.

Jack Zimmermann
Sometimes the puck just
doesn’t go your way as hard
as that can be to deal with.

Jack Zimmermann
Honestly, so proud of you all.

Shitty Knight
co-sign everything
jack just said


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 21 April 2017
Thanks for all the support for @SamwellHockey! Being Captain of this team has been such an honor and privilege!

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 21 April 2017
I wish the game would have had a different outcome, but I know that we all gave it 110% and all we can do is be proud. I know that I’ve never been prouder of my teammates. (My other frogs and the tadpoles and WAFFLES—I love them.)

Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 21 April 2017
Throughout my entire time at Samwell they have always #HadMyBack and I really wanted to win the National Championship, but y’all know what, I wouldn’t change a thing.


it’s the final countdown
group chat
May 1, 2017 — 1:45pm

Chris Chow
I’m concerned about Bitty???

Derek Nurse
lol i tried to grab a muffin
from the kitchen earlier

Derek Nurse
he growled at me

Jack Zimmermann
He’s been a little stressed…

William Poindexter
Understatement of the
year goes to Jack Zimmermann.

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
ah yes, finals week and
the senior project

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
things i don’t miss at all

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
good luck and god bless
you all lmaoooo


Eric Bittle @omgcheckplease · 7 May 2017
I just wanted to let y'all know that my finals are DONE and I never have to write another paper ever again #blessed

Alexei Mashkov @AMashkov · 7 May 2017
@omgcheckplease proud of u little b!!!!!!


Eric Bittle
May 10, 9:12pm

Jack, it’s okay if
you can’t make it.

It’s not like you’re in
the midst of a playoff run
or anything hahaha.

I know, Bits,
but I want to be
there for you.

I should be able to
make it, but I don’t
want to break a promise.

I know you don’t
honey.
(Two Hearts )

But just think, only
a few more days
and then you’ll be sick
of me.

Hahaha.
I don’t think I’ll ever
get sick of you Bits.

I can’t wait for you
to get here. :)

(Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts ) (Two Hearts )


graduation day!!!!!
group chat
May 17, 2017 — 8:55am

Ford Foxtrot
Happy graduation day!!!!!

Shitty Knight
can’t wait to cheer and cry
for you all soon

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
the water works will def
be worse then when we
graduated

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
my little baby bitty
all grown up :’)))))

Adam "Holster" Birkholtz
and ollie and wicks :’)

Chris Chow
Excited to see you all!!!!

Eric Bittle
I am ready for tears and hugs.

Eric Bittle
Love you all so much.


Phone Call
Jack Zimmermann to Eric Bittle
May 17, 2017 — 2:33pm

“Hey sweetpea!”

“Bitty, congrats!”

“Thanks Jack!!! I can’t believe that I actually graduated, and that you’re actually here. Where are you? I need to take pictures with everyone.”

“We’re over by the pond right now. Where are you? We’ll head that way.”

“Ah yes, we, I can’t believe your parents are here too. My mama is gonna DIE, Jack. DIE.”

“Hahaha, they really wanted to come and support you. And I figured we all could go out for dinner later?”

“Honey, yes. That would be perfect. Big day for me, graduating, meeting the parents, goodness. Still gotta tell Mama that I'm not moving back to Georgia too...”

“Hahaha, one step at a time, eh? Haha, I think I see you?”

“Yes!!! I see you! Get over here so I can hug you.”

“Haha, alright, bye Bits.”

“Bye sweetheart.”

Call Ended


GO FALCS GO
group chat
June 6, 2017 — 10:11am

Larissa “Lardo” Duan
Falcs! Falcs! Falcs!

Shitty Knight
jack zimmermann i love u
and i can’t wait for u
to win the cup tonight

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
we’ll be there screaming
and shouting the entire time

Jack Zimmermann
Thanks guys.

Eric Bittle
You got this, Jack!


THE FALCS
group chat
June 6, 2017 — 11:23am

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
This is it!!!!!!

Alexei “Tater” Mashkov
I believe in us!!!!

Randall "Thirdy" Robinson
Win or lose guys…
proud of all of you.

“Poots” Fitzgerald
Stanley Cup here
we come! (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist) (Fisted Hand Sign ≊ Oncoming Fist)


GO FALCS GO
group chat
June 6, 2017 — 10:45pm

Shitty Knight
HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!

Shitty Knight
JACK ZIMMERMANN
IS A STANLEY CUP
CHAMP

Shitty Knight
THAT’S MY BEST FRIEND

Chris Chow
Jack!!!!!!!!!!!

Derek Nurse
(Fire ) (Fire ) (Fire ) (Fire )

Ford Foxtrot
oh my god!!!!!

William Poindexter
If you guys could see
the Haus right now.

William Poindexter
Congrats, Jack!

Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
we’re all headed down
to the ice to cover jack
with tears and hugs brb


Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 6 June 2017
RT @ProvidenceFalconers WE ARE THE NEW STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 6 June 2017
We’re Stanley Cup Champions! #GoPVD

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 6 June 2017
So extremely proud of this team. We gave it our all and we came out on top! I’m still a little bit in shock, but couldn’t be happier.

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 6 June 2017
Thanks to all our fans for the support throughout this season and especially this cup run. We couldn’t have done it without you cheering us on. To my teammates, I will never forget this and I can’t wait to try and do it all again next year.

Jack Zimmermann @JLZimmermann · 6 June 2017
This whole year has been a whirlwind. To my new best friends, your support has been incredible and I’m honored to have you all in my life. To my parents, I love you both so much. To my boyfriend, I still can’t believe you walked into my life, and I cherish every moment we have. I love you. Here’s to the future!