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Twitter reactions suggests Titans not a fit for Michael Sam


At the Scouting Combine, NFL coaches and team executives made it clear they were only interested in how openly gay prospect Michael Sam could help them on their football field.

But a study of Twitter reactions to Sam’s announcement indicates some markets might be more ready to accept him than others.

Via Outsports, an Emory University study of Twitter posts in each NFL city showed that New York generated the most positive responses, while Nashville offered the most negative reaction.

The top cities didn’t offer many surprises, with major metropolitan areas Chicago, San Francisco and Boston taking the third through fifth spots. St. Louis was second and Kansas City was sixth, natural for a player who helped the University of Missouri to a successful season.

In addition to the home of the Titans, the list of negative responses also included Oakland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Jacksonville and Cleveland.

While the study obviously presents a narrow window, it does speak to which areas might be easier for Sam to navigate as a rookie.

Shortly after Sam’s announcement, his agent singled out the Chargers as a possible fit, citing the way they handled Manti Te’o’s controversial rookie season.

But at least in terms of fan reaction, he might be better off the bigger the market he lands in.

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43 Responses to “Twitter reactions suggests Titans not a fit for Michael Sam”
  1. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 6, 2014 1:01 PM

    Comments from Twitter are not a representative sample of the opinions of a city’s residents.

  2. pfic15 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:03 PM

    Twitter? A source? Lol.

  3. thekiller678 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:04 PM

    This is idiotic. Not Everyone has a twitter, and not everyone on twitter who has an opinion on Sam shared it publicly.

    Absolute boneheaded society we live in now a days

  4. ghost26 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:09 PM

    Let’s put the focus on football instead of people’s reaction to him on Twitter okay? I’m sure a LOT of people on Twitter thought drafting Tyrann Mathieu last year was a mistake so I could care less what the ‘fans’ in Tennessee think of him. Is this kid going to be a playmaker at the next level??? That’s what matters. If he’s a pass rusher is he fast enough or strong enough to get to the QB???

    If he turns out to be a good NFL player I’d be very surprised. I realize there are exceptions to every rule & every position but the reality is that this kid is not an elite athlete. I have my doubts if Michael Sam is even good enough to make an NFL roster.

  5. primenumber19 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:09 PM

    This poll only proves that in the south football is the most important religion.

  6. charliemeatwagon says: Mar 6, 2014 1:10 PM

    San Diego is a great for him………

  7. willycents says: Mar 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    I think that he “came out” solely to raise his profile and gain name recognition in hopes of raising his draft status.
    His biggest problem is he seems to lack a lot of the talent and abilities necessary to make it on an NFL team, see his combine results.
    A draft position of 5-7 round if at all is probable.

  8. titansbro says: Mar 6, 2014 1:17 PM

    I’m from Nashville, not on twitter, yet I would support him if they drafted him. Why does my opinion not count?

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 6, 2014 1:17 PM

    I’m sure the Titans are now saying “Well, there are bigots on Twitter so we better not draft him.”

    You guys have jumped the shark so far that you landed on the moon.

  10. mightyminer says: Mar 6, 2014 1:20 PM

    Dallas could use any and all help with trying to put together a consistant pass rush. If Michael Sam can provide pressure on the QB, then by all means, he’d be welcomed in Dallas

  11. pilot2011 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    I am 26 years old and I literally don’t no a single person that uses twitter.

    Leave the attention demanding, egotistical, weirdly over-the-top self conscious people for twitter.

  12. thisdamnbox says: Mar 6, 2014 1:35 PM

    Twitter? Please…as a source you’re looking at similar angry and ignorant troll types who will bad-mouth and lambaste a small white bunny for not being cuter, as you have on here tearing apart honest and ernest people like Russell Wilson for visiting the Seattle Children’s Hospital every week…The Internet is mostly filled with angry, hateful bastards…They’d get better results using one of those rigged FOX News polls.

  13. mabromowitz says: Mar 6, 2014 1:37 PM

    I think the agent wanted San Diego because the media is small; wouldn’t be a circus like New York. I agree New York or San Francisco would be great fit because they are more gay friendly cities, but the problem is they are also more media friendly. Sam just wants to play football, the less the media, the better.

  14. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 6, 2014 1:42 PM

    Twitter – You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

  15. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 6, 2014 1:48 PM

    Enough with this very marginal player already

  16. ckg0913 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:51 PM

    Have you seen some of the people on Twitter?
    It’s certainly oozing with intelligent remarks. (sarcasm)

    Not a good source of evidence.

  17. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 6, 2014 1:57 PM

    The media is making this guy out to be so precious. And I don’t think it’s fair to the guy.

  18. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 6, 2014 1:58 PM

    Some of you people are basing Sam’s abilities on his combine results. Dude was Defensive Player of the Year in what is commonly thought the best conference in College Football.

    Will he be a Pro Bowler? I doubt it. Will he have trouble making a NFL roster? I doubt it.

  19. dasmol says: Mar 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    Are these moronic twitter users in fear they may have to shower with him too?

  20. txfinfan says: Mar 6, 2014 2:03 PM

    Perhaps his agent should have been more concerned about preparing his client for the Combine (see: nightmare) then worrying about where he will best fit. IF he gets drafted at all, he should count his lucky stars and prepare to adjust…IMO

  21. peytonmanningsforehead says: Mar 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    Did anyone actually watch him at the combine? He’s not going to make it in the NFL. Not because he’s gay but because he can’t play at that level. He’s too small to be a defensive end and too stiff to play linebacker. His 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

  22. jsmanias says: Mar 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    So San Fran is positive, but Oakland is not? These two cities are right next to each other. Is the demo really that different over 10 miles?

  23. seaeagle707 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:03 PM

    I would think the fan bases that would be most conducive to Mr. Sam’s participation with their teams would be San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. I personally like the latter, as Sam would be pushed hard by Pete, to compete and make himself a better player. Not too sure of Rex or Tom, giving him that same opportunity. Not sure at all that I’d want Sam, playing against the Hawks, with the Niners.

  24. axespray says: Mar 6, 2014 4:18 PM

    Using twitter as a “This is what this entire region’s view on a topic” is like using the youtube commments section as whatever…. it’s the internet, how that represents a city, idk.

  25. trevor123698 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:32 PM

    The positive responses from new york are not from football fans

  26. noffy32 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:19 PM

    He’s a below average player. No one cares he gay but the Titans just don’t want a poor player.

  27. castleofcheese says: Mar 6, 2014 5:20 PM

    It disappoints me to see Green Bay on the list of cities that responded negatively. I expect better from my fellow Wisconsinites.

  28. zeke2517 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:37 PM

    It’s Tennessee. They bang their sisters.

  29. zeke2517 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:39 PM

    “Comments from Twitter are not a representative sample of the opinions of a city’s residents.”

    People say the same things about political polls. Sadly, they’re right on the money.

  30. rextraordinaire says: Mar 6, 2014 6:06 PM

    This sounds less like an “official study” and more like 3 people at Emory were bored between classes. This really reveals nothing. There will be blind lovers and dogmatic haters wherever he goes.

    There will be non-football fans who buy his jersey on the sole ground that he is openly gay. They’ll say they bought it to show LGBT support, but the only thing they are really supporting is the NFL’s and Nike’s coffers.

    And there will be non-football fans who will hate on Sam only because the Old Testament says he’s going to hell.

    Football fans, on the other hand, will focus more on Michael sam the NFL player, and less on Michael Sam the openly gay guy.

  31. osiris33 says: Mar 6, 2014 7:26 PM

    Based on how bad he looked at the combine, he’s at best a 7th rounder & probably undraftable with the media circus he brings. Why so much attention on such a marginal talent?

  32. deepseabreeze says: Mar 6, 2014 8:23 PM

    I call BS. the only thing separating Oakland and SF is a bridge. People from the other side of the bay are not radically different like this “research” is suggesting.

  33. smedley61 says: Mar 6, 2014 9:18 PM

    Very scientific. I would argue that in the case of Green Bay it wouldn’t be a problem with Michael Sam. It would be a problem with the media circus that would follow. That aint’ their thing. They had more than their fill of that during the Favre fiasco.

  34. slick50ks says: Mar 6, 2014 9:35 PM

    Kansas City is a KU town, the only real winner in the whole area.

  35. slick50ks says: Mar 6, 2014 9:37 PM

    deepseabreeze says:
    Mar 6, 2014 8:23 PM
    I call BS. the only thing separating Oakland and SF is a bridge. People from the other side of the bay are not radically different like this “research” is suggesting.


    Oakland is a toilet filled with criminals. I’d say that’s pretty radically different.

  36. packhawk04 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:05 PM

    A few internet tough guys living in their moms basement doest mean its a bad fit.

  37. cougar69rt03 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:32 PM

    you would think that the fudge packers would be very receptive to one of their own kind , he fits right in lol

  38. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 7, 2014 2:33 AM


  39. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2014 7:05 AM

    What is missing is an objective analysis of Sam’s chances in the NFL. He is tweener at 250 lbs, not big enough to play DE and not fast enough to play LB, factors totally independent of his sexual choices on a Saturday night.

    Enough already, he wouldn’t even make a final roster.

  40. iowamiah says: Mar 7, 2014 9:18 AM

    Can he generate a pass rush? Can he stop the run? His combine was awful. If Chicago drafts this turd I will be sad. We need help up front not a distraction.

  41. deepseabreeze says: Mar 7, 2014 12:48 PM

    slick50ks says:
    Mar 6, 2014 9:37 PM
    deepseabreeze says:
    Mar 6, 2014 8:23 PM
    I call BS. the only thing separating Oakland and SF is a bridge. People from the other side of the bay are not radically different like this “research” is suggesting.


    Oakland is a toilet filled with criminals. I’d say that’s pretty radically different.


    It is very clear by this comment that you have never stepped foot in Oakland.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 8, 2014 11:03 AM

    I think this young man would be an excellent fit in MN – for obvious reasons.

  43. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 AM

    WOW no one even knew about this kid before he came out! What a PR move!

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