Twitter has changed everything.
That’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.