As most of my punditry (and posting) is being done via Twitter these days – look in the right hand sidebar for proof – I thought I’d put together a list of people who I have apparently angered so much that they felt the need to block me.
I only bring this up because, if you know me at all, or have followed me, you know a couple things. 1. I rarely, if ever make personal insults, and 2. I am never profane.
So why would these people block me?
It’s an illustrious list, no?
Let’s break them down.
Ron Borges – I think the first thing Ron Borges did when he got a Twitter account was block me. Ron was always willing to spar via email, and never give an inch. On Twitter, where it is public and the whole world can see, he is less inclined.
Tony Massarotti – I definitely have given Massarotti a hard time about his moronic takes, his lapdog status and the fact that he sold his soul, betrayed everything he once stood for to make a few bucks more on 98.5 FM weekdays. He might be entitled to the block.
John Tomase – Why won’t you leave John alone? It’s been almost 10 years now. As long as people are claiming that the Patriots taped the Rams walkthough, and by extension that the Patriots “taped practices” Tomase should be reminded of it. He won’t be, by me, on Twitter anyway. Because I’m blocked.
Kevin Paul Dupont – Dupes is a fairly recent addition. It came after I responded to this Tweet:
Why-Brady-and-why-not-Peyton? whiners conveniently forget the TB12 discussion framed by history of Pats cheating. #howconvenient
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) January 9, 2016
My response was “You can’t fix stupid.” So, that might’ve crossed the line to personal, but still pretty mild in terms of internet insults. He retweeted, called me a Professional Whiner and blocked me.
Mikey Adams – I honestly don’t know too much about why I’m blocked here. Adams had an undercover account on the older BSMW Forums, and probably didn’t like how he was talked about there. He trolled me on Facebook once, and I blocked him there, so maybe this is retaliation.
Sun Chronicle Sports – Wow, blocked by an entire sports section of a newspaper! Actually this is the account of Mark Farinella, who has had a back and forth relationship with BSMW for many years now. I believe the block came during the time he was being extremely critical of the Krafts for having a backup power line to Gillette Stadium, meaning they had power and the rest of the town did not during a power outage.
Michael Silver – The only national media in the bunch, Silver blocked me during deflategate after I challenged some of his ridiculous posturing and questioned the NFL Network’s ability to report straight – especially after Judy Battista had reported the leak that Brady’s camp desperately wanted the transcript of his appeal to be sealed, when in fact it was the exact opposite. Another lifetime ago, I had interviewed Silver for PFW, and found him a quirky, interesting guy.
I’m sure I’m blocked by other people, but these were ones that I was aware of.
Do you see who isn’t on the list?
Dan Shaughnessy, for one, I don’t think he actually reads mentions on Twitter, but I have to grudgingly give him credit for not blocking people. Albert Breer is another who takes a lot of crap and doesn’t block people left and right. Gary Tanguay, John Dennis, Gerry Callahan are others I’d think might block me who haven’t.
I think Twitter blocks say something about character. Especially when they’re blocking someone who isn’t confrontational, isn’t profane at them, or personally insulting them and their family. So why the block? They can’t handle criticism. Can’t be told they’re wrong, and can’t be called out for their manufactured hot takes?
It’s interesting that the people on this list have no problems viciously and spitefully calling out the people they cover. But when the spotlight is turned to themselves, they do not like it.