The PMS Report: Only Insane People Directly Trash Talk Injured Players on Twitter
By: The Football Girl | Posted: July 27, 2012
Football season is here, which is pretty much the equivalent of cherry blossoms and a double rainbow unexpectedly appearing on a hypothermia alert day. Really, there are a million glorious things about football being back – and for many, fantasy football tops them all.
While there is nothing bad to say about fantasy at the moment, in a little over a month there will be. Please consider this a pre-emptive PMS Report.
Here’s how it will go down -- Random dude (trust me, this person will be a dude) picks his dream running back in the first round of his draft. Let’s call him Alexander Shaun. Random dude has no life so he spends every moment staring longingly at the three posters of Alexander he has plastered on his bedroom ceiling. Random dude eats himself into oblivion because he is overwhelmed by positivity due to his pick of Alexander that he figures eating vegetables and trying to remember the name of that gym he joined two years ago would just bring about a bad vibe.
The season starts and random dude is fat but happy because Alexander is about to embark on the first of an ungodly number of carries. But wait, what just happened? Alexander is down. Was that a tear? Can he even move his leg? Announcers are frantically suspecting it’s a season-ending ACL, which is turns out to be.
Cameras show Alexander in tears and his teammates huddled in prayer, but random dude doesn’t care. He is livid. ‘How can Alexander do this me? This was supposed to be my Super Bowl year?,’ he screams. Random dude storms into his bedroom, does some poster-ripping and stays in there until Monday morning, when he finally comes up with a plan great to help his mourning period.
Random dude is going to trash talk Alexander on Twitter.
This is one of the downfalls to letting fantasy-obsessed losers have access to social media. Actually, I didn’t realize how many people cared so much about fantasy that they would go directly to the injured player until I asked Lions RB Kevin Smith that very question in an interview earlier this week.
Smith was signed after Jahvid Best suffered form a concussion with a lot of side effects. The former Lion came in and made an immediate impact, both in the air and on the ground. He was a waiver wire darling and consistent producer, that is, until he suffered a high ankle sprain on Thanksgiving.
Smith didn’t give specific examples of the trash talk he endured on Twitter, but said the low blows were hurled in mass quantity. Not surprisingly, he pretty much hates fantasy.
Of course fantasy crosses our minds way earlier than it should when a player goes down, but you’re not supposed to admit it. What kind of sick person would directly complain to an injured player? Are they looking actually seeking an apology?
If you are the type of person who voices your discontent to the player directly, I beg you to stop. First off he almost definitely isn’t reading your Tweet. I have over 4000 (awesome) followers and I can barely keep up with my mentions. An NFL player with 50,000 followers? Forget it.
More importantly, even thinking that somehow an player, or anyone for that matter, gives two iotas about your fantasy team makes you insane. Anyone with even the notion of venting to a player about how his injury has damaged his or her fantasy team should be banned from football for life. Or something even worse - be forced to say it directly to the player's face.
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