When your favourite team or player is on an embarrassingly futile, record-breaking streak, there may an opportunity to start your own website. Yes, even as one window slams shut, another window brings the smallest ray of sunshine into your fan experience.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers went on their NBA record twenty-seven game losing streak, Cavalier fans started the website DidTheCavsWinLastNight.com. The site, donned in Cavalier wine and gold colours, was simple. When you typed it into your browser, the website would load with a large “NO” on its only page. Although it was fairly easy to figure out whether the Cavaliers won or not—it allowed Cavalier fans and sympathizes a brief humorous moment within one of the most depressing seasons in Cavs’ history.
This idea was followed with many other versions including DidTheLakersGetSwept.com, where a white background with plain black font stating: “Yes”, still stands from last spring when the Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks in a 4-0 sweep.
DidScottGomezScore.com was popular during the Canadiens’ centre’s 53 game scoreless streak. This site was even equipped with a timer counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since Gomez’s last encounter with the back of the net.
While many of these sites fade away once the team actually does win or when the player does score a goal, DidTheBobcatsWinLastNight.com has actually kept going despite the Bobcats snapping their 16-game losing streak. In fact, site creator Clay Mitchell has turned the simple website into a full-blown, updated daily Charlotte Bobcats blog.
So next time your favourite team or player is getting ridiculed in every newspaper and on every Sportscentre, remember, you can always start a blog.
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