By: RICKY LINDSAY, STAFF COLUMNIST
In today’s world, social media and sports have slowly become linked together. Chances are, if you’re on a social media site, you’ll see someone posting about sports. Whether it’s a rant, an opinion, or just making a joke about a situation, it’s become commonplace.
The problem with social media becoming more and more popular in sports is that the common fan now thinks they are an analyst. These ‘fanalysts’ look at the sport as if they know everything about it, and whatever they say is correct.
Last week, Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight became the latest victim of a social media joke after being posterized by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.
Knight became an Internet star overnight through several memes that fans have created. People that have never heard about Knight or watched an NBA game know who the 20 year old is.
The ‘fanalysts’ took the internet by storm in response to the posterization, putting their two cents in on the matter as if they knew what they were talking about. Yes, Knight went down hard on that dunk, but things like that happen in every sport.
No matter what he does during the rest of his career, Knight will forever be remembered by that dunk. Knight can go on to win several championships, make NBA history, or become the best player that has ever lived, but his career will always be associated with Jordan’s dunk.
Personally, I view this as a flawed way of looking at sports. Knight showed toughness on that play by not backing down against a player that has eight inches on him. If Knight would’ve cleared the lane, the immediate response would be to call him a coward. The dunk will define Knight for the rest of his career and life because of the fanalysts and social media, but that doesn’t mean it should be like that.
This is the way our society views things that are important in sports. Being the lone guy on the team to actually attempt to play defense gets you no recognition where if you’re involved in the nightly highlight reel.
Knight was the lone Piston in the lane on that drive who attempted to play defense, but none of the ‘fanalysts’ care to point that out. Even the real analysts and writers are blowing this situation way out of proportion, by using things like “RIP Brandon Knight” in their tweets.
The moral of this column should be clear; if you don’t know what you’re talking about, then don’t talk. Everyone has the right to an opinion, but at least get educated before you make yours public.