After the Bears lost on Monday Night Football to the Detroit Lions, Chris Harris went to work on one of his more developed blocking skills. Oh, no, it has nothing to do with football. I’m talking about twitter.
Harris apparently got torched by a few loud-mouth Bears fans after getting torched himself on a few plays in the backfield. So, in lieu of his inability to make a few stops on Monday night, he decided to put a stop to the twitter-talk.
Harris posted this on his twitter account immediately following the game: "Tough loss tonight. Thanks 4 the true #Bears fans and supporters, we will get this right. If u can't see this tweet you've prob been #blocked."
He continued: "First they love u, then they hate u, then they love u again!!!!!!!"
Well Chris, so sorry, but if you’re going to blow your angles and have a bad game, people are going to call you out on it. I completely understand blocking the people on twitter who use it for bashing and/or name calling. Understandable.
But to block people for saying things about the angles you’re taking at the ball carrier is proof that someone needs a lesson in how to handle criticism.
Yeah, you probably guessed it. I was one of the many who criticized Harris' pursuit angles during the game. Here’s the tweet @nerrad127: "Chris Harris has taken HORRIBLE angles all night. @ChrisHarrisNFL"
Tell me, Chris, what about that is ‘block worthy?’ (feels like an episode of Seinfeld…) I didn’t doubt Chris’ ability as a player, nor was I trash talking. I simply made an observation that I've made a lot over the course of his career. P.S. ~ I’ve made good observations, too.
Look, Chris Harris can do whatever he wants on twitter, and I’m not going to lose sleep over it. But, as a fan, I wonder about a professional athlete who seems hyper-sensitive to the observations fans make about him on a social network. That’s what twitter is, Chris. That’s what people do on it.
Nor do I care for the guy calling out the fans who make those observations as not being “true fans and true supporters.” It’s the true Bears fans who do make those comments most of the time! Because we care about our team; because we care about the game. The fan who brushes off a loss like the Bears saw on Monday night and just wants to say, “Hey nice effort out there guys, you’ll get ‘em next time! (insert stupid smiley face),” are not true fans of the game.
But they sure do help you get over your poor play, don’t they, Chris?
Let me give you a little lesson on how a professional athlete handles criticism; Basketball’s greatest player handled criticism the best way possible. Michael Jordan would take articles that bashed him, and hang them in his locker. He'd read them every day, and he always proved his critics wrong. He quietly listened and it fueled his fire to be great.
They said Jordan couldn't shoot from the outside, and Jordan learned to shoot with the best in the game. Then, critics said he couldn't play defense. In the 1987-1988 season, Michael Jordan was the defensive MVP.
The moral of this story, Chris, is to stop taking the time to get mad at some schmuck on twitter, learn to take criticism and prove the guy wrong next week. Besides, keep your friends close and your (self proclaimed) enemies closer!