Gabbert hears from angry Missouri football fans on Twitter

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | 6:43 p.m. CDT; updated 10:13 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert runs out of the pocket while trying to find an open receiver.

COLUMBIA — After seven straight victories, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert had an overwhelmingly friendly relationship with his 7,000-plus followers on Twitter. But the Tigers’ first loss of the season last Saturday brought out what sophomore receiver T.J. Moe described as “the haters.”

While the majority of tweets headed toward Gabbert’s Twitter page were supportive, many fans took advantage of the social media outlet to bash him.

At one point Gabbert tweeted, “Headed back to work. People who hide behind twitter accounts are funny to me!”

One of Gabbert’s critics responded that he is in Columbia every day, and if he saw Gabbert in person, he would call him an offensive name.

The situation at this point wasn’t too surprising. With direct communication between fans and athletes becoming increasingly simple thanks to websites like Twitter and Facebook, fans hating on players is fairly common.

But typically the conversation is one-sided.

On Sunday, Gabbert responded to the angry tweet by simply saying, “You should.”

“It was a poor decision,” Gabbert said. “That’s all I really have to say about that.”

Gabbert has since deleted the tweet, so when someone browses his time line they can no longer see the comment.

“When I see things like that I feel like my role is to just encourage him and try to give perspective that everybody deals with that,” Chad Moller, the MU football team's spokesman said. “There’s a little bit of perspective I just try to add and keep him not too worried.”

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel refused to comment on whether he discussed Gabbert’s online exchanges.

“That’s all internal,” Pinkel said. “We always tell our players that any kind of social networking is like a press release, and we take it as that. That’s our policy.”

Moe, who is also an active Twitter user, said ignoring angry fans is the best way to handle these situations.

“You just try to stay out of it,” Moe said. "We get a lot of haters. That’s just how it works. They’re going to love you when you’re doing good. They’re going to hate you if you lose. I don’t even think Blaine played poorly. We lost the game, and the camera’s on him all the time.”

No one is forcing the athletes to use Twitter, so Moe feels like that players just have to accept everything that comes their way.

“You’re kind of asking for it if you have a Twitter account or a Facebook,” Moe said. “It sort of comes with the territory. If you want the praise and all that kind of stuff and you want all the fan interaction then you have to deal with the haters."

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Jack Wilson November 3, 2010 | 3:41 p.m.

Teams should really require the suspension of player's twitter accounts in-season. All they do is cause trouble. After the season is over,they should be able to re-active the accounts, but during the season, all Twitter does is cause harm.

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Herb Solomon November 3, 2010 | 11:02 p.m.

I don't understand how true TIGERS can blame the QB for that loss. Special Teams gave up the first TD. The D didn't stop anyone. The OL apparently didn't block well. The game plan was atrocious. For the first time, the QB had more run yardage than the RBs. This is a team effort, not a QB effort. Give the guy a f'n break!!! I would blame the coach for not preparing the team for a game that would have put NU in the toilet once and for all. I've believed for some time that Big-12 politics has more to do with game outcomes than anything else. How do you explain a team kicking OUs ass then rolling over the next week? I am in Afghanistan and and I went to sleep at 2am with the score 24-0. That is inexcusable!!!

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Herb Solomon November 4, 2010 | 12:31 p.m.

Are you people stupid or something? MIZZOU gets the livin' crap stomped out of it by a team they should have beaten and you worry about Twitter and Facebook. Morons!!! Social network your butts on the football field and get back into the BCS top 10. And, oh by the way Coach Pinkel, you will attract better recruits if you win a few more of the really important games rather than throwing them so you can play in Bowls in TX like you did in 2007 or placating the Big 'whatever' to get more schools into bowls. Do you honestly believe that it in any way serves the MIZZOU program to let NU go to a better bowl?

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Herb Solomon November 4, 2010 | 12:55 p.m.

What do you get when you have a 5-star QB, 3 & 4-star talent at all other positions playing flag football in pads for a 1 or 2-star coaching staff? Answer: NU-31/MU-17 Granted, the players play the game but the coaches call the plays and, supposedly, instruct the players and do what is necessary to ensure that the TEAM has the most favorable matchups. The only way that I can rationalize the game that I was following from Afghanistan is that every player was intentionally out of position on every play. I remember when MIZZOU D used to drive teams backwards into their own endzones. I remember when MIZZOU RBs trampled anything in their way. I miss those days.

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Kirsten Williams November 4, 2010 | 6:29 p.m.

I'm still happy we went 6-0 and KICKED OKLAHOMA'S butt!! It's interesting how the human mob can turn on a team that's been great all year long and had a hard time against a good team. (plus nebraska played super dirty HELLO FACEMASKS REFS!


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Herb Solomon November 4, 2010 | 11:13 p.m.

While I agree with Kirsten and MIZZOU should beat the competition for the rest of the season, I believe that MIZZOU can, and should, not just win but dominate the North. Beating OU was a huge step forward but the more important win at NU would have given MIZZOU the North and MIZZOU failed to put them away once and for all with the loss - a larger step backward. MIZZOU historically does not recruit well in a good share of Missouri because of the draw of NU, KU and KSU. You have to complete at all levels if you want to be a dominant program and I don't see the fire. And what idiot would schedule OU and NU back-to-back? A win over a team like OU usually leads to a loss in the following game unless the competition is weak and conversely a loss in the first usually inspires a win in the 2nd. Yes, it was homecoming but the important win was in the North, not the South.

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Herb Solomon November 4, 2010 | 11:32 p.m.

TIGERS rip out the throats of their prey and eats their hearts. PUSSYCATS put them over their knees and spanks them. Are we TIGERS or PUSSYCATS? Someone should look at the game film of the '67 MU-NU game. A fight breaks out in the 2nd half and both players are ejected. The MIZZOU crowd chants "KILL" and it rocks Farot Field. That is MIZZOU football.

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Corl Leach November 5, 2010 | 2:40 a.m.

Herb Solomon wrote: "I don't understand how true TIGERS can blame the QB for that loss. Special Teams gave up the first TD."

Hey, Herb ... the first Nebraska touchdown was on their first play from scrimmage (Helu ran 66 yards). Yes, it happened so fast that it seemed the Special Teams didn't have time to get off the field! Yikes!

Also, this is the age of Political Correctness ... the '67 game film is banned in the United States. :-(

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Jonn Englert November 6, 2010 | 3:02 a.m.

It very much comes down to the coaching; First on defense if you're beat once or twice blitzing like crazy on run plays, fine but after that you should understand that getting beat twice that your players aren't up to the challenge or talented enough to continuously stop that threat with a blitz, fall back to a layered defense. Second the offense will never be successful enough to win a game that has a handful of play-actions while the rest of the time they run strictly pass plays with no man in the back field or run running plays when there is a man in the backfield. No elusions creates a weak offense, I'm highly disappointed in pinkels' game plan. Likely an offense with a man in the backfield prematurealy creates a defense that is indecisive and spread, the way us Tigers need'em to beat'em whoever they are. my two cents.

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Herb Simmons November 6, 2010 | 7:41 p.m.

First things first Herb, get a life dawg your talking about something you know nothing about. Nebraska is just a better team then Mizzou, its nothing the players did or didn't do, they just got outplayed by a better team. Secondly MU didn't schedule OU and Nebraska back to back the Big 12 did. Finally you are doing the same thing Gabbert was talking about you are hiding behind the internet talking smack, talk is cheap Herb

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Herb Solomon November 8, 2010 | 10:54 p.m.

Sorry Herb!!! I'm not sold. Apparently you don't know that schools negotiate their schedules although obligated to play other schools in their conference. You must be a coach of peewee league flag football if you are defending the game plan. MIZZOU is as good as any team in the country, man-for-man - a team is a loser before they start with your attitude or are you a NU alum? - motivation and coaching make the difference. Put your address on here and we can discuss it personally when I return from Afghanistan or, better yet, come here and discuss it with me!!!

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