NFL Championship Weekend: the Twitterverse Responds
|January 23, 2012||Posted by JoshR under Quick Map|
Sunday was a great day for football fans. Two conference championships gave us two down-to-the-wire finishes – one in overtime , one decided in the last minute . The intensity had fans in four different cities (and many more, if you count everyone who hates the Giants) crying out in anguish and celebrating in ecstasy as New York and New England advanced to the Super Bowl.
But what if there were a way for us to get inside the minds of these fans, to get their instantaneous reaction to Billy Cundiff’s missed field goal or Kyle Williams’ muffed punt ( )? What if we could separate their reactions by region, so that we could know how Patriots fans felt about Tom Brady’s QB sneak , or how 49ers fans reacted to Vernon Davis’ little shuffle thing after his second score ? And what if we could get it all in 140 characters or fewer?
Well it just so happens that we’re in luck! Twitter, when not fail-whaling, serves as a great way to get the pulse of America’s sentiment regarding anything from the weather to how best to add the word “poop” to a famous work of literature. What follows is, with commentary, the football-related trending topics from Boston, Baltimore, New York, and San Francisco in the half hour or so after their respective games wrapped up.
Boston football trending topics:
For Boston fans, Cundiff is kind of like Aaron Boone, only the exact opposite.
The only city where #Superbowl was trending. Might tell you something about Boston fans’ confidence.
Not Don Draper’s place of employment , but the Patriots cornerback who broke up a Lee Evans touchdown reception with under a minute to go.
Patriots were able to gleefully reminisce about the similarities between Cundiff and the fictional Dolphins kicker whose miss wide right at the end of Super Bowl XVII drove him to kidnap Dan Marino and Snowflake, the Miami Dolphin. Ravens fans didn’t appreciate the comparison. This appeared on YouTube within an hour of the game.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis, the man with the best name in football, ran for 68 yards and a second-quarter touchdown.
Pollard took out the man with the second-best name in football – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He’d better watch his back.
Overall thoughts: Patriots fans focused on the flashpoints of the game, and weren’t afraid to go after Ravens fans a little bit after securing their ticket to Indy.
Baltimore football trending topics:
If we want to continue the Red Sox playoff analogies, Cundiff : Baltimore :: Bill Buckner : Boston.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a bright spot for the Ravens, throwing for 306 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. On the final drive of the game, he brought the team where they needed to be for a game-tying field goal.
Quarterback envy, largely.
The former Ravens placekicker. Baltimore fans think he would have made it.
No hashtag, no brag.
Overall thoughts: Significantly more subdued than Boston, Baltimore’s tweeters found themselves thinking a lot about what could have been.
New York football trending topics:
The Giants’ MVP.
To be clear, the New York Football Giants.
Does it say something that Giants fans were busy celebrating their NFC Championship while Patriots fans were looking toward the Super Bowl? Perhaps.
Thomas picked up Kyle Williams’ fumble and set up the game-winning field goal. Right place, right time.
Where the game was won tonight.
The other L.T.
The 49ers’ DE got at Eli Manning all night.
Overall thoughts: Calm and confident, apparently New York fans’ neuroses don’t show on Twitter.
San Francisco football trending topics:
The bane of San Franciscans’ night. Several death threats were sent to his Twitter account tonight.
I think we get it at this point.
Not entirely sure what Cundiff is doing trending over here, but I guess it was a pretty big miss.
Davis, the 49ers star tight end, had two touchdowns and 112 yards receiving.
Cruz, the Giants WR, had a big night with ten receptions for 142 yards.
Again, not sure what Lee Evans is doing in San Francisco, but his broken up reception sealed led to Cundiff’s missed field goal.
Overall thoughts: San Francisco fans seemed a bit distracted by the AFC Championship. They didn’t have it in them tonight.
Worldwide football trending topics:
Featuring jams like this and . #toosoon