Every year it’s the same thing. About 15 minutes after the first stage some excited viewer in my circle of friends posts the result with an innocent comment like “Chapeau Gilbert!”. The news used to be broken on email, but now it’s on Facebook, twitter, google+ or what ever service you might be using. Aside from the fact that any American using the term “Chapeau” has to upgrade their Tin Tin era French, one would think that this is an benign gesture of enthusiasm. Rarely is one ready for the Civil War-Battle of Gettysburg-like-vitriol that follows.
What this person does not know is that the other half of the world, the half that I neither understand nor will recognize going forward, likes to keep the result a secret, which they will reveal to themselves on their DVR, later that evening, like a special new age gift to myself Christmas present. These folks have rules about what they call SPOILERS, and if you don’t follow them then you are at risk of losing their allegiance for ever. Back in the day, pre-social media, I’d even go as far as to post the “rules” to my clubs list serve hoping it would proactively cut down on the bitching.
I was reminded today after Podium Insight’s Lyne posted a “get over it” comment, to “No-Spoiler” people I assume, on her Facebook profile. The irony is she’s cycling media, meaning it’s her job to break or comment on the race results. If she has to defend, or even comment on, the content of her race reports we have officially gone too far in babying the “No-Spoiler Nation.” I have friends and family that have chosen to be a on this side of the issue, which pains me to no end. I don’t get it really… how hard is it to follow the race on tv or live text feed. Why are you even pretending to work when the tour is on? (Idea! “How to fake working when watching a bike race.”) Is your life so devoid of surprises that you need to artificially construct a past race result?
You day is over “No-Spoiler” people. A new day has dawned and it belongs to us. The happy spoilers of month long stage races.
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