In the aftermath of the MLS Cup final, Dan Shaughnessy - Boston Globe columnist and all-purpose Boston sports journalist - threw down a 140-character sneer at those among his fellow New Englanders who would dare to have a care for this newfangled "soccer" malarkey.
Silver lining of Revs loss is that now we don't have to pretend they are relevant. Nice try by the Revs. But we are a Four Team Town.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) December 7, 2014
Odd to see a guy who makes a living off the general enthusiasm of his home town's sports fans take a pop at some of those sports fans, but each to his own.
In the case of Mike Petke, head coach of the New York Red Bulls, "his own" is defending the honor of his sport.
@Dan_Shaughnessy Dear Dan, in all honesty your comments regarding the Revs are laughable and outdated.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy The fact that you would say something as pathetic as that shows your knowledge and class as a "so called" sports reporter.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy What's even more pathetic is that by saying that, you have brought more relevance to MLS. So keep it coming big guy.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
And when he was done putting Shaughnessy in his place, Petke spared a thought for the fans of the New England Revolution.
@Dan_Shaughnessy To the Revs fans, ignore this type of BS hometown reporting and keep your heads high— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy even though I hope to kick your butts next year, you have a lot to be proud of— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
Well said, Mike.
Hands off, Revs' fans. We saw him first.