Every now and then on Teh Interwebs, you read something that you know — you just know — simply cannot be true. Today, I read one of those things when I read that the Indians of Cleveland are major league baseball’s most-hated team. And yet, according to Nielsen, they are.
And while I find it entirely believable the Red Sox are baseball’s second-most hated team, I find it utterly inexplicable that baseball’s most loved team is…the San Francisco Giants?
But before we throw up our hands and declare that the Series of Toobz has gone officially mad, let’s look a bit closer at the data. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Nielsen did this research by analyzing Internet keywords with an algorithm. What, then, does this really tell us? That Northern Californians are, like, chill, laid-back people who are generally pretty pleased with life? That Red Sox fans are ridiculously judgmental?
For these groundbreaking insights someone paid good money?
Yet the animosity towards the Indians is still unexplained. In my experience, Indians fans are generally a long- and quietly-suffering lot. And the Indians themselves, as the WSJ mused, “simply haven’t done a lot over the past 13 years to warrant that much attention.”
UmpBumpers, what am I missing here? Or is this so-called “world wide web” just a web of lies?