RandBall

Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. He welcomes suggestions, news tips, links of pure genius, and pictures of pets in Halloween costumes here, though he already knows he will regret that last part.

Follow Randball on Twitter

261271731

Wednesday (What if Twitter existed ...) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 16th at 10:53am 264621621

Twitter has changed everything.

randmid_1403705018_maddogThat’s a bold position to start from because everything is a lot, and we will concede that it is laced with hyperbole since Twitter didn’t suddenly turn red into blue and vice-versa.

But if you are a journalist who spends a lot of time online and/or you are a sports fan, Twitter has very much changed how you go about your day, how you gather news and how you watch sports. When so much of your life revolves around those things, it feels as though Twitter has changed everything.

We can’t remember the last time we watched a meaningful game and didn’t have Twitter open either on our phone or computer. We can’t remember the last workday that wasn’t influenced, even in a small way, by something we saw on Twitter. It is the new wire service. It is instant crowdsourcing. It is a cauldron of ideas bubbling over with the genius (and yes, the crazy, frustrating stupidity) of others.

As such, we often find ourselves wondering — and overhearing others wondering, too — “what if Twitter had been around” during Sporting Event X in the past. This covers a lot of ground since Twitter was founded in 2006 and really didn’t start forming its grip on us all until around 2009.

Twitter would have blown up during the O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase 20 years ago, we heard from every corner of the earth, during the anniversary of that event recently. Deadspin even live-blogged it in retrospect on the anniversary.

As such, we want to start a new weekly series here in which we attempt to answer the very question, “what if Twitter had been around” during various moments in Minnesota sports history. These can be good or bad. We have some very obvious things in mind, such as the 1991 World Series and the 1998 NFC title game, and surely we will come up with more as we delve deeper into this subject. But we’d love some suggestions in the comments.

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 11/13/14 7:25 PM
Miami
Minnesota 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Houston 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Seattle 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Atlanta 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cincinnati 11/16/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tampa Bay 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Denver 11/16/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
San Francisco 11/16/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Oakland 11/16/14 3:05 PM
San Diego
Philadelphia 11/16/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Detroit 11/16/14 3:25 PM
Arizona
New England 11/16/14 7:30 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 11/17/14 7:30 PM
Tennessee
Orlando 6:30 PM
Toronto
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
Memphis
Oklahoma City 7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Sacramento 7:30 PM
Dallas
Charlotte 9:00 PM
Portland
San Antonio 9:30 PM
Golden State
Minnesota 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Colorado 6:00 PM
NY Islanders
Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Columbus 6:00 PM
Washington
Winnipeg 6:30 PM
Montreal
San Jose 6:30 PM
Florida
Buffalo 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Edmonton 7:00 PM
Nashville
Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Chicago
Dallas 8:00 PM
Arizona
Ottawa 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Akron 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Toledo 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Kent State 11/12/14 7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Ball State 11/12/14 7:00 PM
Massachusetts
East Carolina 11/13/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Southern Miss 11/13/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
California 11/13/14 8:00 PM
USC
Tulsa 11/14/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Army 11/15/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
(8) Ohio State 11/15/14 11:00 AM
Minnesota
Iowa 11/15/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
So Carolina 11/15/14 11:00 AM
Florida
Virginia Tech 11/15/14 11:00 AM
(19) Duke
Temple 11/15/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
(18) Clemson 11/15/14 11:00 AM
(24) Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh 11/15/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Miami-Ohio 11/15/14 12:00 PM
Central Mich
Nevada 11/15/14 1:00 PM
Air Force
Eastern Mich 11/15/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Rice 11/15/14 1:30 PM
(21) Marshall
(5) TCU 11/15/14 2:00 PM
Kansas
Wake Forest 11/15/14 2:00 PM
NC State
Appalachian St 11/15/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
Washington 11/15/14 2:30 PM
(17) Arizona
(1) Miss State 11/15/14 2:30 PM
(4) Alabama
Northwestern 11/15/14 2:30 PM
(15) Notre Dame
(11) Nebraska 11/15/14 2:30 PM
(22) Wisconsin
Ga Southern 11/15/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Oklahoma 11/15/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Indiana 11/15/14 2:30 PM
Rutgers
Middle Tennessee 11/15/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Memphis 11/15/14 2:30 PM
Tulane
Kentucky 11/15/14 3:00 PM
Tennessee
New Mexico 11/15/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Hawaii 11/15/14 3:30 PM
San Jose St
Troy 11/15/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
(25) Utah 11/15/14 5:00 PM
Stanford
UNLV 11/15/14 6:00 PM
BYU
Louisiana 11/15/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(9) Auburn 11/15/14 6:15 PM
(16) Georgia
Missouri 11/15/14 6:30 PM
Texas A&M
Texas 11/15/14 6:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas State 11/15/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
(20) LSU 11/15/14 7:00 PM
Arkansas
(12) Michigan State 11/15/14 7:00 PM
Maryland
(2) Florida State 11/15/14 7:00 PM
Miami-Florida
So Florida 11/15/14 7:00 PM
SMU
North Texas 11/15/14 9:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
San Diego St 11/15/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
(7) Arizona State 11/15/14 9:45 PM
Oregon State
Massachusetts 11/18/14 7:00 PM
Akron
Northern Ill 11/18/14 7:00 PM
Ohio U
Brt Columbia 11/16/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 11/16/14 3:30 PM
Edmonton

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Brian Setzer opening his Christmas tour Friday in Minneapolis, what’s the earliest you want to hear holiday music in concert?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT