“Would help if you had your facts straight. Your choice to be a fan. cc get a clue.”
Chiefs tweet response to Travis Wright, a Chiefs fans who tweeted that he was upset about the Chiefs being so far under the salary cap and refusing to field a more competitive team, Twitter
GH: Wright’s tweet hit sometime on Tuesday. By that afternoon, his tweet, the Chiefs’ flippant response and later apology was being bounced around the Internet as quickly as a Bret Favre self-portrait. It used to be that it was not nice to fool with Mother Nature. In today’s Internet Age – it’s not nice to fool with anybody with a hash tag. Read on.
“I apologize to the fans for my response to a tweet sent to me earlier. No excuse for my actions. I am truly sorry and it won’t happen again.”
Unnamed Chiefs’ tweeter, Twitter
GH: The Chiefs’ apology is really what caused this story to go viral. Until the Chiefs acknowledged Wright’s tweet on their website, not more than a few folks in Wright’s circle were aware of the exchanges. I applaud the Chiefs for making the apology. I question their marketing sense for doing it in such a public manner.
“The Chiefs look petty. The Chiefs look foolish. The Chiefs look like children. I’m not condoning the tweet that he sent to them, but as an organization, you’ve got to be bigger than that because you’re gonna get ripped.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: The question I have is who put Eddie Haskell in charge of the Chiefs’ Twitter account?
“If I reacted to all the nasty stuff on Twitter [directed at me], I’d be in jail.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I rip Fescoe in my column almost as much as he deserves, but the guy has thick skin. There are many in his profession who could learn from him.
“That was the best block of the week by the Chiefs.”
Text to Bob Fescoe’s show on the Chiefs’ blocking a fan on Twitter, 610 AM
“The incident is reminiscent of the time in 2008 when then-Browns General Manager Phil Savage responded to a critical e-mail from a fan by e-mailing him back and saying, ‘Go root for Buffalo-f#@* you-.’ Team employees at all levels would be wise to learn that if a fan rips you online, you’re best off ignoring it.”
Michael David Smith, NBCSports.com
GH: The Chiefs’ tweet wasn’t anywhere near as offensive or egregious as the email from the Browns’ GM – but perception is what counts here. The Chiefs have now been labeled as an organization that doesn’t care about their fans nearly as much as their bottom line. It’s okay to think it, but not do it. Check with Jimmy Carter on that whole thinking but not doing thing.
“That phrase [your choice to be a fan] right there is so corporate, so detached, so condescending that I’ve been thinking about it since I first saw this yesterday. … We all make our choices, but at some point the word ‘choice’ no longer applies because you can’t ‘un-choose’ it if the team starts stinking or whatever. If you could, how many Royals fans would be left? For that matter, how many Chiefs fans? Being a fan isn’t something you can shut off, like a faucet. It becomes part of your life, part of your plans, part of you.”
Sam Mellinger, KansasCity.com
GH: There are really no good reasons for Royals and Chiefs fans to remain interested in two professional franchises who have spent decades disappointing their fan bases. The two main reasons we continue to root are 1) geography and 2) we like pro sports. The truth is that teams like the Royals and Chiefs can pretty much do, say or tweet anything they want about the fans without causing many problems with their bottom line. If they can be profitable with the lack of success they have shown for the last 20 years, imagine what happens if they ever win again? Unless Kansas City loses a million people in population, us lemmings will continue to ask, “Please sir, can I have another?”
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