Everyone: I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news? #PassittoBulis is trending right now. Hooray! The bad news? It’s trending because Anthony Stewart blames us for Mike Duco’s Twitter account, as the above tweet indicates. He’s been slagging us all morning. Example: I’d rather move to the ‘Peg than #PassittoBulis. Joke’s on him, though. If he ever gets traded to this blog, we’re gonna run him out of town.
Yes, Mike Duco has deleted his Twitter account, and whether it’s by choice or by orders from a higher power — say, the organization to whom he was recently traded and with whom he recently signed a one-year, two-way contract — it happened as a direct result of the post we made on Sunday night. By now, you’ve probably heard all about it, especially since it turned into a major controversy. How major? Eventually, Mike Duco publicly apologized for his tweets. Twice.
Ladies and gentlemen: the offseason.
Putting the clamps to Mike Duco was never the intention, although, in hindsight, I should have seen this coming. It’s only been a month since Canucks fans proved their penchant for overreacting and it was an especially slow news weekend. I presented Mike Duco’s Canuck-mocking tweets as little more than an amusing irony, because that’s how I read them when I found them. Many Canuck fans, on the other hand, jittery and bored as ever, took them as a personal affront. The second coming of Steve Francis. And, as they often do, they took to flaming Duco like Theo Fleury until he had to address the issue.
Then came his defenders, who blamed me for starting this whirlwind of bad press, even though it would have been irresponsible to ignore what was clearly a story, especially judging by the reaction. This was maybe the first instance of a hockey player on Twitter being traded to a team he just ripped. As a hockey blogger always on the lookout for alternative angles, this mattered. Still, some called me an ambush journalist (erroneous on both charges). Some questioned my writing skills (bite your tongue, I’m great). Some called me all manner of colourful names (although none colour-related, proving epithet-spewers clearly aren’t into research).
Then came the third party, who, hilariously, blamed Mike Gillis for failing to do his due diligence and research Duco before acquiring him, a claim that is patently ridiculous. Whose job, exactly, would it be to research a player’s social media history, anyway? The scouts? Sure, his breakout pass is good, but his Twitter needs work. If not them, then will the Canucks be opening a new position? If so, I probably deserve an interview, don’t you think? I’m the truffle hog of the Twitterverse.
If you’re gonna blame the Canucks organization, blame their seemingly Orwellian unwillingness to let their players tweet. The Leafs and Lightning are actively promoting their tweeting players. The Canucks appear to be shutting their guys down.
Anyway. This whole issue is stupid. Mike Duco should never have had to apologize, let alone delete his Twitter account. Had he come out and said something to the effect of, Didn’t used to be a fan of the Canucks, but now I’ll defend the Sedins & Luongo against anyone who says what I said, he would have crushed the whole issue.
The Twitter angle gives this a new twist, but this is an old story: a guy who didn’t like an organization now works for that organization, and he has to reverse a few opinions. It’s common and it’s easy. My Dad worked for Canadian Airlines during their public battle with Air Canada. You probably don’t follow your Canadian aviation history like I did, but Canadian Airlines lost that battle and went bankrupt. Bought out by Air Canada, a number of disgruntled former CA pilots — many of whom had said some pretty nasty things about Air Canada — were forced to eat their words and *gasp* accept a paycheque by the enemy. They did it happily, because it meant they kept getting to do what they loved doing for a living.
When a career is on the line, people swallow antipathy pretty quickly. Duco, who grew up in Toronto and, like most Easterners, probably never thought too highly of the Canucks, has already done the same. I’m sure that, once the Canucks gave him the richest contract of his professional career, he became an avid supporter of the entire organization. Now if he rips the Sedins or Luongo, I might have an adverse reaction. Anything that happened before he was in the Canucks’ employ? I couldn’t care less. Nobody should. It didn’t and doesn’t matter.
Everyone: next time, please, just give a hearty chuckle and move on.
And #bringbackMikeDuco. He’s done nothing wrong, we could use a few Canucks on Twitter, and this much bad press around the social media site is definitely not helping our campaign to get Kevin Bieksa on it.Tags: Anthony Stewart hates us, featured, Mike Duco, spotlight, Twitter