Much of the Twitter “beef” between CFL teams has a contrived feel to it these days but today’s little spat between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Ottawa Redblacks felt real enough.
It started when a fan asked for some dating advice…
Is “Can you stop being a @REDBLACKS fan?” a legitimate question to ask a girl you fancy?
Asking for a friend. @Wpg_BlueBombers, throw me a bone here.
— Brad Lenz (@BlenzTsstTsst) May 14, 2018
The Redblacks responded quickly and took a shot at the Bombers’ Grey Cup drought, which is the longest current streak in the league. This did not sit well with the Bombers, who fired back – hard.
And we think the question wasn't addressed to you. What's that saying again?
Mind your own business.
— WPG Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) May 14, 2018
That elicited a bunch of replies from fans accusing the Bombers of being a touch too salty and still out of sorts after the Darian Durant retirement debacle…
I thought it was "Stay in your lane"
— Ferlin R (@Fernie635) May 14, 2018
Wow @wpg_bluebombers take it easy the question was asked about @REDBLACKS and included in the conversation so… if throwing a bone to your fan means being rude to another team….. stay right where you are and don’t speak to the other teams (mind your mouth I think they say?)
— c renton (@cerenton) May 14, 2018
Buy her a $70,000 ring to give up her fandom. Though she might just keep the ring and walk.
— scott yemen (@yemenator47) May 14, 2018
Legal precedent is that she can legally keep the ring, even if her initials aren't #DD.
— Brian Fergusson (@BrianFergusson) May 14, 2018
Bombers, you have experience with someone promising you something, you giving them a gift and then getting dumped. How do I deal with that? Thanks
— (((lip1978))) (@lip1978) May 14, 2018
For their part, the Redblacks continued to rub salt in the wound…
— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) May 14, 2018
And of course the Riders joined in…
— Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) May 14, 2018
Anyway, cooler heads eventual prevailed, everyone eventually claimed it was all in good fun and everyone reverted to their usual milquetoast responses.
The fact that the Bombers' social media team hasn't clapped back at the Redblacks with a joke about folding a bunch of times is both surprising and disappointing.
— Josh “Entertaining Noise” Smith (@JoshSmith_82) May 14, 2018