The sports world is buzzing right now with the collapse of the Boston Red Sox and, to a lesser extent, the Atlanta Braves. The thing about the Braves is, the team's not as polarizing as teams from the Boston market are -- does ESPN the Magazine deserve some curse blame here? -- and therefore, people aren't reveling in Atlanta's failure like the Twitterverse is with the Boston Red Sox.
Currently, the Red Sox are a trend, but it's not to commiserate their epic collapse. Instead, the trend, recalls a great moment in Eric Cartman's history, by celebrating the tear-shedding from the countless many that make up the Red Sox fanbase. I have to wonder what the "show up to work" rate is in the city of Boston today. It's not hard to imagine over half the city calling in to work on the morning after the Sox' failure.
To make matters worse, the Red Sox didn't give away their Wild Card spot easily. No, they waited until the 9th inning to finish their choking, which only adds to the misery. Holding on that long, only to give it all away at the end? That can't feel good.
Whatever the case, it's advisable that Red Sox fans do not turn to Twitter for moral support, because they won't find it there. In fact, the reaction is downright brutal, but then again, it's apparently hard to feel sorry for a fanbase that is perceived as arrogant, whether the moniker is deserved or not. With that, let's enjoy the Twitter reaction, as many respondents are clearly enjoying the collapse for all its worth.
The first sums up the mood of the room quite well:
I kinda feel bad for the braves, i dont feel bad for the red sox.
And from there, the hate flows freely:
I like my coffee black, my eggs scrambled, and my Red Sox toasted.
Is it possible the power of Boston resided in Tom Brady's hair?
In case you don't get the reference, Tom Terrific got his hair cut yesterday. Like the previous tweet, many of these reactions are pretty creative, adding even more value to the trend:
#423, 'gave Red Sox fans a sense of entitlement.'""...and that's how Earl crossed off
Even LeBron James thinks the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves choked.
Remember those New Era commercials that pitted Alec Baldwin against John Krasinski? Folks on Twitter sure didn't forget:
Even Boston fans got in on the fun as well:
http://t.co/VNvuEcFx Red Sox! Why?????? 🙁NOOOOOOOOOO!
Sweet, I get to tear up my ALDS tickets. Thanks, Red Sox.
Is this a case of the Red Sox losing the numbers game, or is it the revenge of Bill Buckner?
#NumberOfTheAM: .259 = Red Sox finished 7-20, which is their lowest winning percentage in any month since Aug. of 1964
And then, there's this. Not really sure what to add here, but one hopes this account is done in jest:
Considering the rest of the content on the linked account, it's not a joke. Some people really feel that way. Bonus: they can vote, too. Do with that information what you will. Aside from the occasional self-serving tweet, most of the reaction is reveling in the failure. Even BuzzFeed got in on the fun as did CNBC's Darren Rovell, who posted an image of this nifty t-shirt:
Is it wrong to revel in the failure of others? Apparently not, especially if it's Red Sox nation we're talking about.