Let me start by saying I’m not trying to add insult to injury. In full disclosure, anyone that knows me knows that I’m a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota. Early tonight my Alma Mater played football against its arch-nemesis, University of Iowa, for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. As the underdog, we pulled off our first Big Ten Conference win of the season with a final score of 22-21. It’s also known fact that Minnesota fans are passionate about this rivalry game.
Now that you know the background – let’s get to the topic at hand.
While I was liking every Facebook status posted by college friends about this EPIC win, I noticed a status update from the University of Iowa’s Facebook Page (like Machiavelli wrote – keep your friends close and your enemies closer). The status was something to the effect of:
“Lost 22-21 to Minnesota. It is still a great day to be a Hawkeye.”
I see what they intended in that statement. To their Facebook fans, however, this was like pouring salt in the open wound. Within minutes the post had HUNDREDS of comments to the contrary. Many of those comments pointed at head coach Kirk Ferentz and his $3.6 million dollar salary. Others were still angry from the close loss.
I noticed and shared to a group of Minnesota Gopher fans on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hust0058/status/130415042133889024
Minutes later I the link I posted on Twitter led nowhere. Their post had been deleted. I wasn’t the only one that noticed.
While I’m sure they were embarrassed by the comments on their post, I think it is in bad taste to simply delete the post. It says to your fans:
- We don’t want to listen to you
- Your opinion doesn’t matter
- We’ll silence things we don’t want to hear