Dan Shaughnessy Isn’t Even Good At Trolling

10.09.12 5 years ago 84 Comments

Masshole provocateur Dan Shaughnessy has sloppily manufactured opinions calibrated to elicit maximum outrage about Chiefs fans cheering for Matt Cassel’s injury on Sunday. It’s shocking news you’ll never believe, but he pins the blame largely on no-account Internet people and long abandoned blogger stereotypes.

It’s an issue about civility in America today. It’s about accountability. It is about angry fantasy football players who do not know how to look someone in the eye, or hold a face-to-face conversation. It is about fanboy bloggers who kill everyone and everything under the brave cloak of anonymity. It’s about instant tweets fired from the safety of your basement. It is about anonymous bullying with the World Wide Web serving as the new bathroom wall.

Cowardly anonymous bloggers? The safety of the basement? These are newspaper writer troll talking points from, like, 2007. Most popular bloggers nowadays write under their own name. As for fantasy football, the overlap between people who play fantasy and the average football fan is so complete, there’s no point in distinguishing the two. You’re too scared to blame the nation at large so you pick on what you think it’s a marginalized crowd. Except you’re too obtuse to realize you just ended up antagonizing the people who meant to rally behind you.

Anyway, let’s skip to the part where Dan hangs himself with his own words:

The fan-player dynamic went off the rails when reporters and fans stopped seeing the players as human beings. Too bad Winston had to remind us that Cassel is “a person.’’

Winston is from Midland, Texas. He went to the University of Miami. He plays offensive line. He is 28 years old, is 6 feet 7 inches, and weighs 300 pounds.

I never heard of him before Sunday, but I love this guy. He said something that needed to be said.

Good on you to celebrate the humanity of someone you couldn’t even bother to be aware of despite the fact that Eric Winston has been in the NFL for seven years and been widely regarded as one of the best tackles in the league for the past few years. Hard to be cruel when you’re too lazy to know that someone exists.

Look, I know it’s Shaughnessy and he’s a joke who writes clueless, purposefully incendiary things to get attention. Because old guard sports columnists are so irrelevant these days, the only way they can get eyeballs on their copy is by trolling online media into ranting about them. There’s no point in taking anything he says seriously. I’m aware I’m taking the bait. I guess I’m just saddened by the pathetic state of old sportswriter trolling these days. It’s like you assholes aren’t even trying anymore.

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