There’s an art to trolling. Some people can do it well, others just sound dumb when they try to do it.
Michael Felger is a master troller. He does his work on the airwaves, and it is amazingly effective. He gets the reactions, people are fired up, they keep listening even though they’re pissed off at him, and when called on it, he either 1) can somewhat intelligently defend his “take” or 2) sheepishly admit that he was just causing waves. I don’t like or enjoy it, but at least he’s good at it.
Others, like Ben Volin, try to troll, but they do so clumsily, and when they are called on it, either try to confuse the original issue or double down on their stupidity.
Here, young Ben is clearly attempting to troll, by insinuating that the Patriots somehow directly owe the families of the victims of Aaron Hernandez. Which is ridiculous.
When he was called on it, Volin clumsily tried to explain.
So there’s a pending lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez. Tell me again what this has to do with the Patriots? Volin then desperately grabs onto a Mike Florio post, (of all people) to try and make his case.
That post, ends with this line.
Which means that, by fighting to keep Hernandez’s money, the Patriots essentially are fighting to keep money from the families of the people he allegedly killed.
What Volin doesn’t (or can’t) explain is that there are two things going on here.
1) Families of victims are trying to prevent Patriots from paying Hernandez, because his lawyers will immediately take it all.
2) The Patriots are saying they don’t owe Hernandez any further money because he violated his contract.
The two situations have nothing to do with each other.
If the Patriots really wanted to screw the victims families, they would pay Hernandez. (which is what it seems Volin and Florio are insinuating they should do) The victims would never see the money.
The team doesn’t want to do that. Volin retweeted an AP story from the Globe today, which says:
The (team) lawyers said that in the ‘‘unlikely event’’ that the team is ordered to pay Hernandez more money after an arbitration proceeding, the team has offered to inform the plaintiffs and the court and will not pay Hernandez anything without a court order.
What that tells me is that if the Patriots ultimately are required to pay Hernandez, they’re going to give the plaintiffs and court first crack at it.
What would trolls like Volin and Florio have the Patriots do? Just hand over $3.25 million to families victims?
In the end, Volin just cries. Everyone is being mean to me!!!
The amount of hate generated by my tweet wondering if Pats will end up having to pay the victims’ families is impressive. Love you, Boston
No Ben, the backlash is from you being incredibly dim and trying to troll for clicks and attention and instead getting embarrassed.
If you don’t like it Ben, you can always go back to Florida.
Globe Troll, Case Two.
Then we have Dan Shaughnessy, who wrote his second column about ignoring this World Cup. This got him more attention via social media and even scored him an appearance on Outside the Lines on ESPN.
Some in the media defended Shaughnessy. Like Ben Volin, naturally.
Then there was national writer Pete Prisco:
Why is it when somebody like Dan Shaughnessy writes an anti soccer column it's automatically called trolling? It's his damn opinion
It’s clear to me that Prisco didn’t read the column. Being anti-soccer may not be trolling. It may be his opinion.
This is trolling:
My anecdotal data indicates that there is no group with more conviction and less sense of humor than soccer fans. They are angry and firm in their insistence that theirs is the best game. Anyone who disputes this is dismissed as a xenophobic idiot.
When you attack not the game, but the fans and supporters, you’re trolling.
Anyway, how about those Red Sox?
How many weeks until training camp?
I’m out next week, probably won’t have anything up here, so enjoy the weekend and the beginning of July.