Not much has gone right for the San Antonio Spurs this season. They’re 5-30, they’ve had an 18-game losing streak, and they even sent their rookie phenom, Victor Wembanyama, onto the court with a misspelled NOB.
The Spurs made themselves even more of a laughingstock as they prepared to face the Cavaliers yesterday afternoon. The Cavs, as you may have heard, are from Cleveland — a city in Ohio whose name starts with a “C.” Someone on the Spurs’ marketing or social media staff apparently thought it would be fun to troll the Cavs by claiming that Texas chili is better than five-way chili that’s served over pasta, which would indeed be a fun culinary gauntlet to throw down, except that five-way chili is famous in another Ohio city that starts with a “C” (a city that, incidentally, doesn’t even have an NBA team):
Fortunately, Columbus isn’t particularly famous for any foods, or else the Spurs might have gotten even more confused.
As you might expect, the Spurs took down the tweet soon after it was posted. But even if they’d been able to come up with a Cleveland-appropriate insult (“Real rivers don’t catch on fire”?), it’s worth asking whether the Spurs should be trolling anyone to begin with. Like I said, they’re 5-30, so any pregame trash talking they engage in is likely to look pretty stupid once the final buzzer sounds. And sure enough, they lost yesterday’s game to the Cavs. I can only hope that the Cavs had some chili sent up from Cincinnati and sent it to the Spurs’ locker room for their postgame meal.
Meanwhile: Whenever a team has a social media fuck-up, people always say something like “Their social feeds are run by a couple of underpaid kids, so what do you expect?” or “Guess they’ll have to get a new intern after they fire the one who did this.” But given that social media is a team’s most front-facing way of interacting with literally millions of fans, maybe they should think about hiring, I don’t know, a grown-up..? A professional..? Just a thought.
Finally: Just imagine the uproar Texas if someone in Ohio mistook, say, Dallas for San Antonio.
(My thanks to John Flory for letting me know about this one.)