In a move for more market share in print media, Rupert Murdoch recently introduced Wall Street Journal readers to a sports section, one that would be “smarter” than the lowlife New York Times. Rather than feature the typical recaps, stats, standings and columns, the WSJ decided to drop a little science.
According to a recent study conducted by Nielson Co., the Journal claims that the Cleveland Indians are the most hated team in baseball. The algorithm scoured social networks for choice key terms, and ranked these words on a “sentiment scale” based on their context. Apparently there are more people out there talking shit about the Indians than the Red Sox (2nd place) or Yankees (5th! An astounding 5th in hate!).
I’m happy to see the Indians back in first place in something, but personally, I think we got hosed on that call.
Baseball fans clearly can’t give a damn about a team that has been to the postseason twice since 2000 and farms its high-valued talent to high payroll ballclubs. Is it possible that these results were clouded by Americans’ prejudices toward real Indians, or are Cleveland fans THAT self deprecating?
You decide what happened here. All I’m sayin’ is, we should’ve got the live chicken.