If there’s a better mix of Internet content than social media and how it reacts to sports, I’m not sure what it is. Sure, message boards will always blow up if there’s a movie/television show worth discussing, but those “your favorite movie sucks” comments don’t do much to further the quality of Internet content, unless skimming flame wars is your thing. With sports, however, yes there are flame wars — too many to count — but there’s also a heap of user-generated content associated with the sport in question, much like the Hitler video that leads this article.
The “Hitler reacts” videos have been around since, well, it seems like since dial-up days, but that didn’t stop YouTube member “FairUseHitler” — undoubtedly making fun of the removal edict issued last year — from producing one about Hitler reacting to LeBron James’ failure. Clearly, James has become the lightening rod for the Heat’s loss to Dallas, and there’s content addressing that, as well:
But the NBA Finals fun doesn’t stop there. In fact, there’s another image that captures the overall mood quite well, even if it is a play on Chris Rock’s piece about the best golfer in the world being black and the best rapper in the world being white. There’s some NSFW language, so if you want to see the unedited version, click the image:
And then there’s the world of Twitter, where both Dirk Nowitzki and the Heat were “serenaded,” albeit, in much different manners. Earlier this morning, “Dear Dirk” was a prominent Twitter trend, and the resulting tweets, while intended for the newest NBA Finals MVP, they mainly poked fun at King with No Rings:
Dear King James ,
Me and Delonte Ran Dat D-Train On Gloria.
Dear Dirk, Congrats on the horcrux. I’m definitely sure your championship ring has a piece of Lebron’s soul in it.
“Dear King James, I did it with a broken finger, 103 temperature, and stayed with 1 team for 13 years. – a true winner, DIRK.”
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say people were happier that the Heat lost than they were about Dallas winning. Actually, the following Twitter trend — #heatlockerroomplaylist — indicates as much. People were watching the Finals to root against Miami, as opposed to rooting for Dallas. Whatever the case, it makes for some fun Twitter reading:
#heatlockerroomplaylist You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
#heatlockerroomplaylist “almost doesn’t count” – Brandy
#heatlockerroomplaylist Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
#HeatLockerRoomPlaylist suicidal thoughts – biggie smalls
#heatlockerroomplaylist Next LifeTime — Erykah Badu
As you can see, there’s much more rejoicing over the Heat losing than there is the Mavericks winning. With that in mind, I doubt that matters one bit to Mark Cuban, who, by my estimations, is probably eating breakfast with his newest toy, the Larry O’Brien trophy, thinking, “You guys can hate on the Heat all you want. It doesn’t change the fact that we are the champions, my friend.”