Quoted Taylor Swift on a football blog? Why yes I did.
There’s this thing on Instagram and Twitter: a phenomenon of sorts. If you get people negatively commenting on your tweets or pictures – especially your selfies – you have arrived. Even ABC’s new comedy, “Selfie” alluded to this concept when the lead character lauded herself for having so many haters.
(There are over 33,000 posts under #lovemyhaters on Instagram right this second – I just checked).
The idea is that if people hate you, they’re paying attention to you. Granted, this is a pretty narcissistic way to live one’s individual life. But, if we look at it in team sports, it’s pretty great.
In the last few weeks, the Seahawks have gotten a lot of hate. From criticism of the Legion of Boom and O-Line (even though some of it was deserved), to street harassment of Marshawn Lynch, to pervasive rumors designed to divide the locker room – people are loving to hate the Seahawks.
See, if you’re a team like Jacksonville, no one is paying any attention to you. Your losses are expected; your wins are negligible.
But a team like the Seahawks – the defending champions – all eyes are on them. According to my friends who are long-time fans, there were many under-the-radar years, where the Hawks were the Jacksonville of the Pacific Northwest. Now, as a team with a stake, it’s nice to be right smack in the in the radar.
So, I have no problem with haters. At least y’all are thinking of us. And to that I say, HUGS and LOVES!