Washington deletes “STOP THE COUNT!” tweet

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After the Washington Football Team overcame the Cowboys on Thursday night to technically ascend to first place in the NFC East, the franchise’s social media account posted a funny tweet.

“STOP THE COUNT!” the team exclaimed, along with an image of the current standings in the division, where Washington has the most wins and the highest winning percentage, by 0.014 percent.

The joke, a play on one of the (many) tweets from the outgoing president in the chaotic days after the election, found widespread approval on Twitter, with thousands of retweets and likes. Apparently, however, the gag found no approval higher up in the organization.

At some point after the tweet emerged, it was deleted. (It’s unclear when the tweet disappeared; as best we can determine, it was “hours” later.)

The loose rule of thumb (as developed by me, pretty much right now) when it comes to deleted tweets is that the sooner the tweet is deleted, the more likely it happened because the author decided to delete it. The longer it takes to delete the tweet, the more likely it is that other organizational forces compelled the move.

Indeed, there’s a period of time past which deleting the tweet doesn’t really matter, because too many have seen it to even begin to unring the bell. It actually makes it a bigger deal to delete the tweet hours after the tweet emerged, because people will start to wonder who made the decision, how the decision came to be, and (in this case) whether any local pressure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contributed to the move.

For example, this story wouldn’t have been written about the tweet itself. The fact that the tweet was deleted made it something that was deemed to be objectively interesting.

21 responses to “Washington deletes “STOP THE COUNT!” tweet

  1. Why does everything have to be political? People watch football for entertainment not anyone’s political views. Leave politics out of it.

  2. I was taught at a young age that it’s simply not polite to bring up sensitive, private topics like politics and religion at the dinner table. It’s 2020, and people think these topics are worth talking about everywhere, at every moment, and they’re the only things that matter. Let’s all just move on with our lives, good lord.

  3. Lighten up guys. It was a joke, and a good one. We need to be able to laugh at the disaster that was the last 4 years so we don’t cry.

  4. It is only funny to those people who enjoy making fun of others. If the situation was reversed, it would no longer be funny.

  5. Man, people are way too sensitive. It was a funny & topical joke. The joke is more about how laughable the NFC East is than actual politics. Too many precious people out here, you’ve gotta relax.

  6. packerbacker1987 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 8:59 am
    I was taught at a young age that it’s simply not polite to bring up sensitive, private topics like politics and religion at the dinner table. It’s 2020, and people think these topics are worth talking about everywhere, at every moment, and they’re the only things that matter. Let’s all just move on with our lives, good lord.

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    I was raised the same way. As much as this policy makes for peaceful interactions it also insulates us from challenging our world view. Preventing us from expanding our understanding and growing as a person. Just my useless opinion on the matter.

  7. The biggest joke in the organization is the guy who bought the team and took it on a two-decade journey to nowhere through an endless series of bad decisions.

  8. The Buffer Zone says:
    November 28, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Man, people are way too sensitive. It was a funny & topical joke. The joke is more about how laughable the NFC East is than actual politics. Too many precious people out here, you’ve gotta relax.
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    Well said.

  9. We all need to be able to laugh at ourselves, especially in times like these. Washington, a team mired in last place for years, forced to change its coach, qb and moniker, surprised us all by stringing together victories and by exercising some great self deprecation.

    Maybe our leaders that see everything through a narcissistic lens need to learn a little humility and humor.

  10. canetic says:
    November 28, 2020 at 9:03 am
    It was funny. It shouldn’t have been deleted.

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    Couldn’t agree more. Those upset by this are way too emotionally fragile to be let out into the real world.

  11. I know there’s no way the Washington football team won eight games. And don’t ever talk about the owner of the football team that way he’s the OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM.

  12. Maybe someone (like a billionaire) should pay 3 million dollars to do an official replay on all the official calls in only the games lost, to see if any of the losses can be invalidated…

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