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

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 16th at 11:53am 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.

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New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Minnesota 94 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Houston 93 FINAL
Boston 87
Portland 99 FINAL
Atlanta 105
Sacramento 90 FINAL
Cleveland 101
Toronto 127 FINAL
Brooklyn 122
Dallas 93 FINAL
Miami 72
LA Clippers 103 FINAL
New Orleans 108
Golden State 100 FINAL
Utah 110
Chicago 93 FINAL
Phoenix 99
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Nashville 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Buffalo 2 FINAL
Vancouver 5
Chicago 4 FINAL
Anaheim 1
Harvard 75 FINAL
Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 57 FINAL
Canisius 63
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Siena 79 FINAL
Manhattan 87
Marist 65 FINAL
Niagara 61
Dartmouth 51 FINAL
Penn 58
Oregon 68 FINAL
Arizona State 67
Yale 63 FINAL
Columbia 59
Monmouth 60 FINAL
Fairfield 59
IUPUI 59 FINAL
Western Ill 63
Oregon State 34 FINAL
Arizona 57
Kent State 55 FINAL
Buffalo 80
Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
Brown 52
Columbia 47 FINAL
Yale 55
Coll of Charleston 47 FINAL
Drexel 64
Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
Elon 60 FINAL
James Madison 89
(19) Princeton 96 FINAL
Harvard 46
(9) Florida State 82 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Siena 62
Richmond 54 FINAL
Rhode Island 50
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Southern Ill 64
Georgetown 52 FINAL
DePaul 93
Villanova 75 FINAL
Marquette 59
Wichita State 70 FINAL
Northern Iowa 51
Xavier 65 FINAL
Creighton 74
Bradley 58 FINAL
Illinois State 55
Missouri State 89 FINAL
Drake 94
Arizona 48 FINAL
Utah 62
(11) Arizona State 68 FINAL
Colorado 60

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