Jaguars fans have not taken too kindly to the national media insinuating their franchise will one day move to London. In fact, they've developed quite the reputation as one of the most tenacious fanbases in all of sports because of the lack of respect from the media.
With the announcement of Cowboy sized scoreboard coming to Everbank Field a sign of a future commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was an opportunity for another skirmish between Jags fans and the national media. Jason La Canfora was just one of many still churning the inevitability of the Jaguars to London move to feel their wrath yesterday thanks to this tweet. But it was Pro Football Talk aggravator-in-chief Mike Florio who took center stage in his surreal Twitter slapfight with Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille. (Get it... Jaxson DeVille... Jacksonville... aha ha ha...)
In one corner is the editor and aggregator in chief of one of the largest and most successful sports websites in America and a featured insider on America's most watched series - Sunday Night Football.
In the other corner is some random guy tweeting in the name of a fictional character who represents an NFL franchise as a mascot.
And yet, in Twitter Wars, they exist as equals. America, what a country. Get your popcorn ready...
Jaguars announce stadium enhancements, including new video boards and removal of 7,000 seats http://t.co/R4w67E44El— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 19, 2013
@JaxsonDeVille . . . Kitty has claws. Rrrrrrrow.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 20, 2013
@JaxsonDeVille . . . Props to you for finding a mild upgrade from your gig as Eric the Clown.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 20, 2013
“@ProFootballTalk:Yes, it's very hard making ends meet owning a website that does 50-100M page views a month.” Pretentious much?— Jaxson DeVille (@JaxsonDeVille) June 20, 2013
Mike @ProFootballTalk I Can keep busting U up all night but I got important things to do like cleaning my litter box now go copy and paste!— Jaxson DeVille (@JaxsonDeVille) June 20, 2013
The fact that Mr. DeVille's initial sticking point with Florio is the dimensions of a football field and Florio being an idiot for not counting the endzones in the total length just tremendous. It's a brilliant outflanking maneuver that surprises Florio, who is clearly taken off guard. The follow up wisecrack about Florio's lack of football knowledge follows up nicely as well. Nothing like a giant foam cat putting you down to take your inflated sense of self-worth down a peg or two.
But of course, Florio was not going to give in easily. His "Chester Cheetah" snipe was mildly clever, but it all went wrong with his uncomfortably-creepy-in-nature "kitty has claws" comment. From there it was all Jaxson as he kept hammering Florio and the only comeback the PFT pugilist could make was bragging about how many pageviews he gets.
And really, that's a fitting end. JDV's "Go copy and paste" is the knockout blow in a one-sided demolition. If you as a living, breathing human being have to brag about how many pageviews your website gets to the Twitter account of a mascot, you've already lost the battle and the war. (At least Florio didn't try to use his number of Twitter followers or his past life as a lawyer as an affirmation of his worth to humanity, though.)
By that point, Mr. DeVille had already trapped Mike Florio in a fight he could never win, and that was the genius of this Twitter War. Florio had no way to come out on top. Go the humor route and look like a fool by being outfoxed by a mascot. Go the serious route and look like a fool by arguing with a mascot. Either way - mascot wins. By a 4th Round KO, the winner of this Twitter War is Jaxson DeVille.
“$63 million in major enhancements” to EverBank Field which will result in the removal of 7,000 seats.
Uh??? Only in Florida. Only in the NFL, where the league has added 20 minutes of game time while subtracting an average of 12 plays a game over the past 10 years.
The Steelers are challenging a clause to make the city pay for construction of 8,000 additional seats at Heinz Field. Texas AM is funding a multi-million dollar project to add 15k more seats to make it the biggest in the SEC.
You see, J'ville, this is how it works.
The "Eric The Clown" line was pretty good though from Florio. All Seinfeld fans can appreciate that one. But Florio getting owned by a team mascot? That's a win for humanity.
It is impossible to debate with a lawyer, much less a lawyer whose new job is to stir the pot to raise his page views.
@sir boxingtonYou're missing a key point here. If there were no tarps covering seats, Everbank Field would be the fourth largest stadium in the NFL. Now, consider that. There's no way any team outside of somewhere like Dallas or Washington should have a stadium that large. Since the seats aren't needed, they're removing them as permanent seats and adding amenities that will attract people and, more importantly, events to the stadium.
While you note the numbers for the Steelers adding to their stadium, let me point out an interesting fact: The Jaguars sold more home game tickets last year than the Steelers, by an average of nearly four thousand more PER GAME. The Steelers are a team with a very long history in the same city, and recent Super Bowl victories, while the Jaguars last year were going 2-14.
Here's a nice set of numbers:
Notice that removing 7000 seats will actually put Everbank in the average for NFL stadiums (remove it from the total capacity), leaving it with more seating than Seattle's stadium still, or Pittsburgh's current maximum capacity, and still many more than Chicago (a team with a long history of its own). Removing those seats means the tarps can go away, removing an annoying presence that looked bad.
If more seating is needed for an event, the new area in the north endzone can be restructured to add temporary seating, raising the capacity again.
It's a smart move, and a necessary move. There were too many seats in that stadium for an NFL team not named the Cowboys or Redskins.
@ErikSetzer @sir boxington Erik, I got the point. It's called sarcasm. Most construction projects increase the size of a stadium or edifice, not decrease it. Could you imagine this story? "Hospital to embark on $50 million renovation to take out 50 patient rooms, 3 operating rooms and will decrease the size of the Emergency Room."
It's similar to the replay review. The NFL had a good intention to use TV to help offset any late game mistakes that MIGHT affect the outcome of the game. When they found out the reviews actually increased their commercial blocks, they basically took the action out of the coach's hands and determined, "we are going to review everything."
Why? Not because if affected the integrity of the game, but because it gave the game more commercial time outs, which increases the revenues.