CadChica’s SSM Digest: February 2013

It’s been a very busy month in sports, as well as pop culture. We’ve had the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s, National Signing Day, a monster signing in baseball (Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners — yes, I’m biased), the Oscars, account hackings (and non-hackings – I’m talking to you MTV and BET), a death of a gigantic figure in the NBA and I could go on and on. With only four days left in the month and a busy week of travel ahead, it’s time for another look at the past month in the Sports Twitterverse. 

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Super Bowl: Whether it was the commercials, the Harbaughs, Beyonce’s half-time show or the “lights out” moment, this year’s Super Bowl was a very “social” experience. I anticipated that it would be so I did something that, to my knowledge, nobody had ever tried to do: “Watching” without watching. I “watched” the Super Bowl through the eyes of Twitter. 

As a Twitter sports reporter, I am able to see conversations transpiring across a wide range of mediums. I try to be in tune to all sports on Twitter. It helps me to get a vibe for how people are viewing their sport, or, in the case of a sporting event like the Super Bowl, how they perceive it. Thus, it provided all the insight I needed to know as to how the game played out. You can read more about my experience here

I wouldn’t recommend it for a big event like the Super Bowl. But it can be done with any event. You just have to know the right people to follow or in my case, have the right people on your Twitter lists. 

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National Signing Day/NFL Combine: The fuss and the fever-pitch of college football recruiting came to a head in early February. College football fans drooling over teenagers signing a piece of paper and using cutting-edge technology (the fax) to attend “their” beloved school. 

But in the case of Alex Collins, signing day took an unusual turn in a way he could have ever imagined. That’s because Collins’ mom, Andrea McDonald, ran off with his Letter of Intent. Literally. She grabbed the letter and took off with it.

LSU Freek gets it right with this gem

https://twitter.com/LSUFreek/status/299245366069571584

His Signing Day celebration would have to wait. Despite his mother’s best attempts to prevent his signing with the University of Arkansas, Collins was able to sign a new letter the next day with his father’s authorization (parental signature is required).

The Collins situation is just an example of the histrionics involved in National Signing Day: so much ado about teenagers who haven’t played a single down for a school. Sounds exactly like the NFL Combine.

While the combine is still going on as I type, the event is known for two things on social media: Wonderlics and 40 times. As college football fans continue to clean up their drool, pro football fans droolingly watch young 20 year-olds run in near-underwear outfits for 40 yards.

40 yards,  hoping for a difference maker to help propel “their” team to a Super Bowl. In reality, it won’t. Much more to playing football than just speed. Yes, the 40 times mean ‘something’ but they’re not the be all-end all that some fans make it out to be.

[tweet https://twitter.com/AtoBoldon/status/305349515358134272

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In just the past week alone, we’ve seen some monumental moments on Twitter:

Danica Patrick made history as the 1st woman to win the pole at the Daytona 500. She would also make history again yesterday during the race.

Legendary Los Angeles Lakers’ owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, died on Monday, February 18th. Magic Johnson summed it up best on Twitter.

The New York Jets’, Darrelle Revis, and the Seattle Seahawks’, Richard Sherman, got into a Twitter fight. Sherman is a talker. Revis took to Twitter to call him out. Unfortunately for Revis, Twitter is a valuable tool for Sherman.

The back and forth continued. Revis even using the dreaded “more follower” argument, which is always a fail in my book. While many declared Sherman the winner, Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar wins:

Saturday, the 23rd was a huge day in terms of the power of social. A major event in women’s sports occurred with Ronda Rousey as the star attraction/headliner for UFC 157, Saturday night. But, what set the tone for the day happened at the Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway. The race itself wasn’t the story, but rather what happened at the end of the race: 

NASCAR contacted YouTube and had the video taken down claiming copyright infringement. It was more likely they didn’t want people to continue to watch fans get injured or hear the screams over and over and over again. The outcry on Twitter and other media outlets was swift. So much so that the video was returned to view access on YouTube. You can read the latest on the crash here

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Have I missed any stories? Of course! I haven’t even touched on the Notre Dame-Louisville 5 overtime game that I only watched because people were talking about it on Twitter at the 3rd OT. Didn’t have a chance to mention the rash of college athlete arrests, including the Alabama football players arrested on February 12th. I’m not neglecting the International Olympic Committee’s insane decision to eliminate Olympic wrestling in 2020. Pop culture social media enthusiasts will have to cover the Grammys and Oscars for you. Suffice to say, February has been an extremely busy month, that’s not even over yet. 

And that bodes well for the MADNESS to come. 

March Madness, that is. 

Can’t wait. 

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CadChica Sports 

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