Anaheim Ducks Use Fake Tweets on Social Media Night

The Anaheim Ducks social media team swung for the fences last night during their Social Media Night.

I guess a picture of an iPhone 4 with a Sharks vs. Ducks game summary
on the screen counts as “social media” now.

Despite the fact that their teaser photo makes the entire event look like a poor April Fool’s Day joke, I was still curious to see what kind of fresh and innovative ideas they would run out during this marquee event.

In the end, it wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary: Some hashtags to use to talk to George Parros and Guy Hebert, a picture contest and fan tweets displayed on the scoreboard.

The Ducks did, however, wear “special” warmup jerseys that displayed their Twitter handles. And per the Ducks, “players without Twitter accounts had either @AnaheimDucks or #NHLDucks on their backs, though Corey Perry (#ScoreyPerry) and Sami Vatanen (#TheVatman) had their own unique hashtags that are used often by fans on Twitter.”

Anaheim Ducks Twitter Jerseys

It was such a hit that it made SportsCenter! And you better believe that the Ducks social media team caught it. Here, they shared the video link.

Ducks social media night SportsCenter

Now that’s a high-quality video!

But the biggest thing the Ducks social media team was able to put together was “Ducks Harsh Tweets.” Which is just like Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment. So let’s see what gold they were able to dig up on Twitter, where there are thousands of fans tweeting mean things about every player in the NHL. I’m sure they got the best ones!

Weird that the Ducks social media team didn’t include the Twitter handles of any of the people who wrote those tweets. An oversight, I’m sure.

We want to give credit to those brave souls who tweets such horrendous thing about the Ducks players, so let’s breakdown all of the tweets and get to the bottom of this!

 

“My friends and I have come up with a new drinking game. During a Ducks broadcast, every time Ryan Getzlaf shoots a snot rocket, we take a shot. We’ll get drunk.”

 

For starters, this “tweet” about Ryan Getzlaf is 160 characters, which is 20 more than allowed in a tweet. Strange. But let’s see if we can find the origin.

Ducks Tweets 1

Oh this is awkward start.

Buckle up and get ready for the funniest fake tweets you’ve ever seen!

 

Cam Fowler looks like every Chick-fil-A employee. I can’t help but want to punch his wholesome face.

Ducks Tweets 2

 

Hey Corey Perry, last I checked my grandma can grow a better mustache.

Ducks Tweets 3a

 

Jakob Silfverberg looks like one of the bad guys in a Die Hard movie.

Ducks Tweets 4

 

Hey Palmieri, my 4 year old has a better slap shot!

Ducks Tweets 5

 

Rickard Rakell looks like the sixth member of the band “One Direction”.

Ducks Tweets 6

 

Pat Maroon sounds like someone stepped on his wind pipe.

Ducks Tweets 7a

 

Hey Hampus Lindholm, an 8 year old girl called. She wants her hair back. #Thinmints

Ducks Tweets 8

Has Cam Fowler even entered puberty yet?

Ducks Tweets 9

 

Corey Perry? More like Borey Perry.

Ducks Tweets 10

 

Is it just me or is Pat Maroon missing an ax and a big blue ox.

Ducks Tweets 11

 

Sweet Europants Hampus. Did you borrow them from a Power Player?

Ducks Tweets 12

 

Really Ryan Kesler? That’s the face you’re going to go with today?

Ducks Tweets 13

WHOOOAAAA!!! A real tweet!

Granted, it was written after the segment aired on the scoreboard, but this is the closest thing we’ve seen to a real tweet!

Now, who wrote this 66-character soliloquy about Ryan Kesler’s face?

Ducks staff 1
Uh oh. Kyle Shohara writes for the Anaheim Ducks? That can’t be a good sign.

Ducks staff

Oh man now THIS is really awkward…

So congratulations, Anaheim Ducks social media team. You taught us just how important social media is to connecting hockey fans from all over the world to their favorite teams. And how these great social tools allow an NHL team and its players interact with its die-hard and casual fans.

No, wait. You didn’t do that. You just made up a bunch of tweets and masked them as something the fans contributed to. Because why let fans be a part of a night that was supposed to be about them?

Then again, it’s a lot easier to make up 13 tweets than to actually have to, you know, let your fans be a part of the “social” experience.

 

UPDATE:

As pointed out by friend of the blog Chris Long, the “tweet” that Ryan Kesler read aloud to end the segment that Kyle Shohara found so hilarious was actually a tweet directed at Mark Ruffalo in a Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets segment that aired in November 2013.

Stolen Tweets - Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Kesler¯\_(ツ)_/¯

PumperNicholl is a lifelong LA Kings fan and actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies.You should probably follow PumperNicholl on Twitter @pumpernicholl
  • jim

    I’m an Anaheim fan and even I thought this was fucking dumb.

    • OC Kings Fan

      why? ick…

  • Guest

    ‘Hashbrown Scorey Perry’ :D

  • NedRyerson1957

    Great investigative reporting. Anytime you can make the Quacks look bad, I’m for it.

    • areaman714

      It;s not quite as bad as getting fined big time by the NHL for allowed an accused and suspended domestic violence to practice with the team . . . but, ok . . .

      • 64MSGS

        Stop posting the same thing. It’s irrlevant and we were not trying to entertain our fans with that mistake. This on the other hand was a #FAIL

        • areaman714

          Yes it was, it takes a man to admit his mistake. I accept your apology.

          • 64MSGS

            No apology here. When Voynov is back, I will however accept yours.

            • areaman714

              The mere fact that you think he is playing anywhere than the KHL in the near future blunts your credibility. That notion that you appear to actually want him back on the Kings is not surprising.

              • 64MSGS

                I’ll stack my ceredibility against yours any day of the week unless by chance you were the arresting officer or nurses (neither of who speak Russian). You clearly lack the understanding of how our judicial system works. Everyone is innocent until ‘proven’ guilty. Like I said, when he is back on the roster, I will accept your apology. And if I’m wrong, you can have mine.

  • OC Kings Fan

    Brilliant work boys.

  • MikefromEarth

    WEEEAAAKKKK

    And plain disrespectful to the fans, IMHO.

    • http://twitter.com/_lolzack Soy Zack Ⓥ

      I feel so ashamed of our social media brand, because of that video.

    • areaman714

      Cartman is your leader, so . . .

    • areaman714

      How in the heck is this disrespectful? Are you ultrasensitive or what?

      • 405Wrecks

        Considering you are so butt-hurt that you had to comment on every post here, I’d say you are the one who is ultrasensitive.

        • areaman714

          Sometimes I like shooting fish in a barrel. I just happened to be strolling by . . . What does rectal pain have to do with the topic at hand? Please advise . . .

          • 405Wrecks

            I’m sorry, I assumed you may have heard that expression. I guess I overestimated your intellect.

            • areaman714

              What is the level of intellect and emotional development involved in using that term in the first place?

      • MikefromEarth

        Yes, sensuously sensitive.

  • 405Wrecks

    These are so obviously made up that it’s sad. No real person would write stupid “tweets” like these. Also, they are all spelled correctly and every word is spelled out. That doesn’t happen on Twitter. This social media person needs to be fired. How embarassing.

    • areaman714

      “Also, they are all spelled correctly . . .” The primary clue these weren’t written by Kings fans.

      • 405Wrecks

        LOL, they weren’t written by Ducks fans either.

        • areaman714

          The folks who work for the Anaheim Ducks Media Relations department are not Ducks fans? There is more than just a spelling issue within some folks in the Kings fan base . . . a keen ability for abstract thought and reasoning. Disappointing.

          • 64MSGS

            Just got off the short bus eh areaman? The event was a fraud. The tweets came from paid Ducks staff, not unpaid fans.

            • areaman714

              It was a fun little snippet, that is all. What is disturbing is that it is bothering you so . . . Fraud? Bruce McNall was fraud.

              • 64MSGS

                Not buggin me at all. If your still worrying about Buce McNall, it’s seems you’re the one that’s butthurt.

                • areaman714

                  See above regarding your reference to what I might be regarding McNall. The global focus on others’ rectal regions with Kings fans is curious.

                  • 64MSGS

                    I saw what you wrote, Hence why I commented… And sice it’s your rectal region that’s hurting, we’re just trying to do the courteous thing and let you know that it’s time for a diaper change.

          • Baronsmitty

            Employees and fans aren’t always the same thing. The guy emptying a septic tank isn’t a fan of shit either

  • Karen Rae

    I LOVE how you poke that douche Adam and his band of merry gentlemen!! He is the biggest tool around! He has NO clue and add this as another embarrassment that includes his frequent tantrums and obsession with the Kings and their fans!

    • areaman714

      Karen. Hello. It is difficult to read inflection on the internet, but I do sense some ire on your end . . . That is fine, as we all need avenues to vent.

      Your brliiant use of symbolism and connotation is admirable . . . “poke” . . . “tool” . . . “obsession”! Brilliant, but it also implies a deeper issue . . .

      Referencing the fine merry gentleman known as Adam Brady as a douche is interesting. The overtone is that this is intended as a negative dig on Mr Brady.

      Hence my concern . . . Have you had multiple bad experiences with any apparatus such as the aforementioned douche that your frustration and anger is misdirected at Mr Brady?

      On the other hand, perhaps this is a reaction formation. Mr Brady is a fine looking man and perhaps you are smitten with him to the point where he is in your thoughts while your vital feminine hygiene activities of daily living?

      If so, I apologize. I too have felt the alonKaren. Hello. It is difficult to read inflection on the internet, but I do sense some ire on your end . . . That is fine, as we all need avenues to vent.

      Your brliiant use of symbolism and connotation is admirable . . . “poke” . . . “tool” . . . “obsession”! Brilliant, but it also implies a deeper issue . . .

      Referencing the fine merry gentleman known as Adam Brady as a douche is interesting. The overtone is that this is intended as a negative dig on Mr Brady.

      Hence my concern . . . Have you had multiple bad experiences with any apparatus such as the aforementioned douche that your frustration and anger is misdirected at Mr Brady?

      On the other hand, perhaps this is a reaction formation. Mr Brady is a fine looking man and perhaps you are smitten with him to the point where he is in your thoughts while you are vital feminine hygiene activities of daily living?

      If so, I apologize . . . sg of a live forbidden . . .

  • Kyle Murray

    Jesus. This “social media producer” and everybody who had a hand in this are really inept. I mean, if you’re gonna forge this stuff, at least make fake accounts and try to make it look legit. They’d probably get called out regardless, but still.

    Somebody is not good at their job and can’t Internet.

    • areaman714

      Did Cartman command you to write that?

      • Kyle Murray

        Yes.

        • areaman714

          It was rhetorical, I knew that . . .

          • Kyle Murray

            No kidding? Man.

  • StacyInTheStars

    I don’t understand why this is such a big deal? I’m guessing they made up the tweets and gave them to the players to read. It eliminates a lot of hassle – doesn’t invite harassment of any real people on twitter (having your tweets read on TV is a one-way ticket to having every douchebag troll on the internet come out and hassle you). They don’t have to worry about asking for anybody’s permission, and they can have a little fun with the players. The PR people attached to a team generally have a fun relationship with the players, and this was a fun way to mess with them without anybody else getting bothered. Kings fans need to calm the frick down, this is the dumbest thing to get upset about.

    • http://twitter.com/FineFolksOf322 Kyle

      Don’t think anyone’s upset by it. I think Kings fans just generally find great amusement in watching the Ducks franchise awkwardly try to do anything right. Imagine you saw a drunk giraffe stumbling around… I’m sure you’d stop, watch, laugh and, of course, blog about it.

      • areaman714

        Well. The Ducks franchise has’t been fined by the NHL 100,000 bucks this year, have they?

        • http://twitter.com/FineFolksOf322 Kyle

          Lol

    • areaman714

      It is a manufactured big deal created to appease an overly emotional fan base.

      • 64MSGS

        Actually, it’s satire that’s lost on those of you with subpar comprehesion skills.

        • areaman714

          While crashing and burning, the backtrack is “it’s satire”. What is axiomatic is that this is a long-winded childish rant.

          • 64MSGS

            No backtrack here. You just dont get that your “manufactured big deal” was a tongue in cheek article. I do like all your 20 pt scrabble words though

            • areaman714

              I learned them as early as high school . . . My language shouldn’t be an issue in most circles.

    • mary von brown

      Why does this matter? Well, let’s see, why would a Social Media team set up this harsh tweet PR if its all fabricated but be touted as real? Its like calling Laguna Beach the real Orange County “Reality TV” when it’s just made up story lines and fake as all hell. The network goes through with it because they rely on people to be gullible enough to believe it. Now that’s insulting but whatever, it’s just a lame show. See what sucks, it that the Duck’s Media team is employing the same mentality/strategy towards it’s fans…people that they should care about. That’s just a bad move on their part.
      I’m not putting down the team (I mean I do as I am a Kings fan but moving on…) but putting down how the organization made a bad move. If I was a Ducks fan (thank god, I’m not) I’d be a little pissed to be treated like a moron.

  • areaman714

    I am not sure the snippets played at Staples that bash Orange County when the Ducks play there are an overly-wise thing to do . . . At least thirty percent of the Kings fan base lives in Orange County. They bash a good number of their own fans at their own home games. In fact, I posit that a good percentage of Kings fans don’t even live in the city the Kings represent.

    • 64MSGS

      Wow, did you just make that up or do you have verified statistics to support your assertion?

      • areaman714

        Do you have verified stats that it is inaccurate? What percentage of Kings fans live in Orange County? Regardless, the Kings ultimately bash a significant number of its own fans with these somewhat funny snippets bashing Orange County at Staples. This is the point that was clearly made yet your focus was on the numbers . . . What were you saying about sub-par comprehension skills? The ad hominem is a sign of frustration my friend . . .

        • Djsjskd

          youre honestly a fucking retard with a thesaurus. It’s funny you can talk about ad hominem fallacy, yet every post you make you commit an ad ignoratium, ignoratio elenchi, or an ad hominem yourself. Just shut the fuck up, your comments are neither insightful or entertaining.

          • areaman714

            I freely admit I am far from the brightest person in town; I’ve learned to live with it.

            What is interesting is that a person of your integrity and unparalleled savior-faire . . . would allow posts by a developmentally delayed individual such as myself to prompt you to reply in such a rudimentary and sophomoric manner.

            We shall write this off as a bad day and move on . . .

            Onwards and upwards!

            Happy Easter!

        • Guest

          The burden of proof is on you since it’s your assertion as is your myopic belief that there is a superior lifestyle afforded in orange county.

        • 64MSGS

          The burden of proof is on you since your stats are clearly pulled from your nether regions. When you have some facts, come back to the table. Until then I bid you adieu and Happy Easter.

    • goaliemom

      and how many Ducks live in Anaheim?

  • http://www.meatspin.com h3avy_ra1n

    Pretty embarrassing tbh, but not as embarassing as the defending stanley cup champs missing the playoffs, Golf Kings Golf!

  • mary von brown

    This is some fine investigative journalism. Seriously, I love that you uncovered this. TRH for the win folks.

    • Guest

      It’s called satire…

  • Steve Skille

    The fact an internet published article was done about this is embarassing.

    • areaman714

      The tendency for input from the Kings base such as this is to proactively deflect the incontrovertible truth that a previous owner bought Grezky with fraud money.