Let @FakeDarcy’s end serve as a death to parody accounts
By Chris Ostrander
Wednesday marked an end of an era in Buffalo. More specifically, the end of a social media era. The departure of Darcy Regier from the Sabres front office also signified the end of the line for Fake Darcy as the latter posted one final farewell tweet as news broke of Regier’s termination from the Sabres.
Buffalo - November 16, 2013 - Wednesday marked an end of an era in Buffalo. More specifically, the end of a social media era.
The departure of Darcy Regier from the Sabres front office also signified the end of the line for Fake Darcy as the latter posted one final farewell tweet as news broke of Regier’s termination from the Sabres.
Fake Darcy managed to operate at the forefront of the Sabres Twitterverse with a steady stream of obvious, snarky tweets that were always taking the lighter side of things into account. It was always just right, not trying too hard, but funny enough to elicit a chuckle.
That’s not always the case when it comes to Sabres-related Twitter accounts. This is probably true of most Twitter feeds that surround professional teams, but given the cottage industry that is Sabres parody accounts, yesterday’s actions should serve as the end of the line for such accounts.
Go ahead and search Twitter for Ron Rolston or Ted Nolan. Be prepared to scroll for a while as there is an account for everything imaginable for the former and current coach of the Sabres. But none of them carry the personality that was found with the feed that was Fake Darcy. To their credit, the Lindy Ruff’s Tie guys have also done a fine job in maintaining a Twitter feed that is entertaining enough to justify. But they’re less a parody and more just a Sabres-related feed in many way.
A quick visual survey shows one account with a single tweet to its credit, two that stopped late last spring and a few others that managed to stay active but truly offered little in the sense of following.
I suppose all parody accounts come with an acquired taste, sort of like comedians. If a particular brand of comedy doesn’t do the trick, you’re not going to find much use for them. But when one account in a veritable sea of them offers even the slightest comedic value, it would seem that the trend for such accounts is crap. I’d like to think that the fanbase is better than this, but I’d be lying.
So consider this a clarion call of sorts. The Sabres Twitterverse was blessed with a mildly entertaining – much like the mildly successful real GM – parody account that was run very well. Whoever was the voice behind the account knew well enough to step down when Regier was fired. Let Fake Darcy’s retirement serve as the end of the line for any further accounts of the ilk.
Goodbye to Fake Darcy, your run was entertaining and well received. Let’s hope that Sabres fans have enough sense to know that they won’t replicate what you perfected.
Chris Ostrander is a 2008 graduate of John Carroll University where he played all four seasons with JCU's ACHA hockey team. After graduation Chris spent the 2008-09 season with the Buffalo Sabres organization working for the Sabres and Buffalo Bandits (indoor lacrosse) Public Relations department. After his time with the Sabres, Chris worked with NBC's hockey coverage for the 2010 Olympic games prior to his current role as the Public Relations Director for the American Collegiate Hockey Association. He runs the Sabres, Bills and Buffalo-centric blog Two in the Box. If you have questions or wish to contact Chris, you can email him at email@example.com
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