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A bit of a twist to today’s post. While there are no actual tweets, this topic comes directly from what I have seen in the Twitterverse.
It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. It is no different in the Twitterverse. One of the beauties of Twitter is being able to have a dialogue with people in other states or countries about your favorite sport. I say dialogue but in some cases that dialogue can turn into Twitter-fights which, when not resolved properly (agree to disagree) gets carried over into actual life.
A bit much don’t you think?
I’ve often thought of Twitter as a texting message board. Limited number of characters combined with anonymous post-ers. The message board comparison is appropriate here because, there are numerous anonymous people on Twitter who, for lack of a better word, are mean. Here is are a few examples of tweets I’ve seen by FANS to someone they have disagreed with…about their team or sport (given the nature of some of the tweets, for legal reasons, I am not including the actual tweets like I normally do in my posts):
“Why don’t you just go kill yourself.”
‘You call yourself an analyst? Go *#!~ yourself’
‘Shut the *#!~. Unfollow’
‘You are so *#!~ing biased. Hater.’
The first one is an exact statement in a tweet I saw to a well-known sports figure. The others are paraphrased but the intent is the same.
What would lead a person to tweet things like that? Somebody says a team is terrible so fans have to lash out? An analyst says a school has violated NCAA rules and fans jump all over the analyst, even though what he/she said is true? What gives? Who really knows? But I have a thought. And it begins with the word, DELUSIONAL. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions for ‘delusional’ is:
**a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also: the abnormal state marked by such beliefs**
That definition would apply to some fan-bases in sports. NOT ALL, mind you, but some. And that leads me to the first-ever poll on Wide World of Tworts. Who has the most delusional fans in sports?