Back in the day, the meanest streets going might have been a section of your neighborhood where the drug dealers hung out, streetwalkers practiced the oldest profession in the world, or where (for you ‘burb folk) that chubby bully attempted to steal your milk money.
Now, however, the meanest streets of the world might not actually be the streets at all. They are located on Twitter. As in Twitterville, USA — zip code #hotsportstakes with the only highway to get there being I-90 your mom.
Iowa Hawkeyes head coach, Fran McCaffery, has apparently noticed this. He is not a fan of the social media device that allows people of no talent to bash others who have some (or the billion other types of bashings).
According to a report, McCaffery has instructed his players to stay off those mean streets of Twitter until the season is over. This is a reaction to senior, Zach McCabe, exchanging some 140 characters or less barbs with people who were not a fan of his work.
It might be an overreaction by McCaffery, but I understand the gist of what he is attempting to do. Shielding his players from the most critical place on the planet, Twitter. Yet, deciding something like that might be best left to a group of people, including the player. You know, build thick skin or whatever.
When the season is over, though, McCaffery is going to allow his players to go back on the mean streets again. So his rule of staying off Twitter is probably less altruistic or about keeping players shielded from evil-doers, but more about not altering outcomes of games that have a direct impact on his ability to stay employed.
I leave you with a rule of thumb for social media: Nothing says “I get to pick on you” more than a forty-year-old who weighs approximately 7-trillion pop-tarts, who has the ability to punch his fingers towards the general direction of a keyboard, does NOT mean the pop-tarter should actually do so. In other words, go eat pop-tarts instead of trolling someone you don’t know in an effort to validate your otherwise iffy lifestyle.