Mar 11

What W.C. Fields said…

GQ has crowned Philadelphia as having the Worst Sports Fans in America.  Former-Governor Ed Rendell’s responded yesterday on Philly.com (in a horribly paginated 4-part letter).

MeFi user delfin explains the Philly fan in the comments:

Philly fans have a very strong tribal mentality. This is evident in a number of ways.

The Tribe has loyalty. Once you are part of the Tribe, you remain part of the Tribe. Being traded away from the Tribe is understandable and not your fault, and your return will demonstrate that most of the time. However, refusing to play for the Tribe or publically wanting out of The Tribe will make you Public Enemy Number One.

On the flip side, even if you used to play for The Other Guys, if you publically choose to come here, the Tribe will treat you like a rock star.

The Tribe drinks way too much alcohol, before and during games.

The Tribe knows the game, at least when the Tribe is sober. If you play for the Tribe and do not know the rules of your game, or if you make questionable decisions again and again and show no signs of improvement, you will hear The Boos.

The Tribe has high expectations. The Tribe does not expect miracles from mediocre players, as the Tribe is keenly aware that good teams are only blips on the radar here. If you outperform expectations, the Tribe will love you. If you underperform, whether based on your draft positionexpectations or contract / trade value, you will hear The Boos. If the Tribe detects less than 100% effort from you, you will hear More Boos.

The Tribe drinks way way too much alcohol, before and during games.

The Tribe loves blood-and-guts scruffy blue-collar types. If you are perceived as being dainty and above the Tribe’s blue-collar nature, you will hear More Boos.

The Tribe has a reputation, and a subset of fans who feel compelled to live up to said reputation. Do not come to the Tribe’s stadium wearing the wrong jerseys. When wandering amongst poo-flinging monkeys, do not wear visible target circles on your forehead.

The Tribe drinks way way way too much alcohol, before and during games.

We hate because we love.   Also, the talk of  “the Tribe” had me think he was talking about Cleveland.

Feb 10

NFL Super Bowl Terms-of-Service Nullification

There’s a concept in the law known as “jury nullification” [wiki], where a jurist or jury can ignore the judges orders, precedence, or sentencing guidelines in an attempt to write a grievious societal wrong.     During tonight’s Superbowl broadcast, you are likely to experience something similar.

The NFL has a history of being aggressive in asserting their rights over intellectual property, from going after churches to asserting that they own the rights to “Who Dat!”.

The NFL’s social media policy for players specifically bans the use of social media during a game.   The NFL has some restrictive terms regarding the “re-broadcast of its games”, including the size of screen you may use and the terms to which an establishment may air a game and make money.       Technically speaking, you are not even allowed to ‘re-broadcast the game’ via Facebook or Twitter, but we all know that 1.) it’s not going to stop anyone and 2.) the NFL essentially is powerless to stop it. If anything Superbowl #44 will be the most social and online Superbowl ever.

The NFL has moderated somewhat this year, encouraging fans to use the Twitter ‘hashtag’ #SB44 when discussing the game, and has provided a page where those tweets and images will be aggregated.   Since they are not editing or censoring any of the streamed content, be on the lockout for ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ and nipples covered with Chinese throwing stars.