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The Twitter Life of Jeff Paterson



A week ago I wrote a brilliant piece to show how the Vancouver Sports Media is overly negative.  I thought I had put this topic to bed, but I started noticing an interesting trend with the tweets of Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) before and during the Canucks game vs the Colorado Avalanche.

It is funny because Paterson seems like a pretty reasonable fellow and it is well known to those who follow Jeff on twitter that he was just on vacation. He should be in a positive place in his life, but obviously not. I’ll let Jeff write this article for me.

Jeff starts out with this gem of a stat. Keep in mind that there are thousands of stats from which Paterson could choose from to tweet out, but he decides that pointing out the Canucks 3rd period goal scoring deficiencies is important. Keep in mind that the Canucks have won 3 straight and have scored power play goals in 7 straight games (haven’t done this since 2005).

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Paterson follows that one up with this:

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I’m not totally sure what this tweet is supposed to mean, but it seems that Paterson isn’t happy with Richardson’s home goal scoring record this season or is happy about Richardson’s road scoring production. Paterson was then tweeted by a fan that accused him of being negative and Jeff responded that it was just an “observation.” Why he is tweeting about a defensive centre’s home goal scoring woes? No clue? Again, it should be noted that the Canucks have been winning of late and are searching for their 4th straight win tonight, but that observation was not noted by Mr. Paterson.

I have to admit, I was a little confused at this point. Paterson seems to be pulling obscure statistics that are not favourable to the Canucks, but perhaps they are just quirky fun facts.

My faith was restored by an extremely positive tweet!

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I take it all back! Jeff Paterson can be super positive, but only when talking about the opposing team.  Keep in mind that the Canucks had just scored the opening goal of the game 5:34 into the 1st period. Paterson did not acknowledgee this fact until later on with this classic:

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This is just another observation from Jeff Paterson. Clearly the Canucks in the lead cannot possibly be a good thing!

The Canucks took over the game in the 3rd period with a Ryan Kesler goal and the second goal of the game for Mike Santorelli. Maybe the observation that the Canucks are terrible at scoring in the 3rd period inspired the Canucks?

While not acknowledging the Canucks were actually in the lead and likely to go on to eventually win the game vs the Avs 3-1, in fairness, I should say that Paterson pointed out the following:

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I hate to pick on Jeff Paterson, but the evidence is pretty clear that his tweets in regards to the Canucks can very easily be construed as extremely negative and largely unrelated to what is actually relevant to the Canucks. If someone can tell me why the Vancouver Sports Media, in general, like to take this type of perspective when covering the Canucks, I would love to hear a rational explanation for it.  The bottom-line is I just do not get it!

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12 Response to The Twitter Life of Jeff Paterson

  1. Dan on December 8, 2013

    Yeah I've noticed that a lot, not just the last games but over the past seasons he constantly brings up these negative stats both before and after games. It's ridiculous. I'm sure if you go through his timeline enough the pattern will be really obvious. It's a tad bit over the top, his constant need to bring up negative stats.

    • Ian Lusher on December 9, 2013

      Hey Dan…I've followed Jeff Paterson for quite sometime on Twitter and he likes to put out a lot of statistics. Many of the stats can be interpreted as both negative or positive, but the timing of the stat is usually to show something negative towards the Canucks. Not sure why this is done or if Paterson is even aware of it (although he gets called out a lot by followers and always says he isn't negative). He is actually more balanced on the radio. Thanks for reading!

  2. Chris on December 9, 2013

    Definitely can be taken out of context, but I find a lot of his tweets are always related to what is being discussed on air and when you hear the conversation around it with his co-host at the moment, they're really not that negative.

    • Ian Lusher on December 9, 2013

      Hi Chris…I know what you mean. In this case he wasn't actually on the radio at the time of his tweets and between periods he was pretty balanced. Anyone following on twitter would have no clue the Canucks were actually playing well and winning the game…odd! Thanks for reading!

      • Vinny on July 11, 2014

        That’s a posting full of instghi!

  3. Kagee on December 9, 2013

    Now do one on CanucksArmy / dimitri about their hatred of…., as a matter of fact I should just create my own blog.

    • Ian Lusher on December 9, 2013

      Hi Kagee…thanks for the idea! I share their frustration with ….! Thanks for reading!

  4. Betty Henderson on December 9, 2013

    I have said a FEW things to him about his NEGATIVE comments. He does NOT respond well.He is a CLASSIC example of someone who can really dish it out,but can't take it. He is obviously a fan of "Another" Team. Why do they call 1040 the "Home of the Canucks"? Baffles, me.

    • Ian Lusher on December 9, 2013

      Hi Betty…he defends his position for sure. A big problem with the Vancouver Sports Media in general is that they dish out criticism like crazy, but don't like it when fans call them out on it. There is a big shift going on with bloggers who aren't afraid to admit they are fans who want analysis beyond bashing players. I kind of don't blame the media for their angst against the bloggers because so much has changed in the last few years. I'm a huge Canucks fan, but dish out the criticism when it is due, not just for the sake of being critical. Team 1040 is full of guys who like to call themselves impartial, but have a negative Canucks bias. What is wrong with being in the media and liking a fan? It doesn't mean you can't tell it like it is (Larscheid being an obvious example)! Thanks for reading Betty!

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