The State Of Our Open Threads: After Nebraska

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on November 10th, 2013 at 8:56 AM

As you might expect, the state of our game Open Threads is not good, but there is definitely some stuff that is worthing noting now that we have experienced the Nebraska game and our first home loss since 2010. 

We increased our production of cussing and general ill will towards things by an impressive 26.2% game-over-game from last week, which should quell fears - at least for now - that we are growing apathetic as a fanbase. In doing so, we have come within 100 instances of reaching the 3,000 plateau for the tracked words and references, and there are still three games left. 

In other good news, we are starting a trend of mixing up the words a little, although we continue to lean rather a lot on "fuck", particularly in the form of an interjection and adjective. We did decrase the overall mix of "fuck" by about another 2%, so it is down to 47.54% as part of the overall total. It won't shock anyone, but "suck" has taken a slight lead as the second most common of the tracked words at a respectable but still distant 13.05% of the overal total. 

Here is the updated summary data:

"fuck" 1381 153.44 155.76 47.54%
"shit" 350 38.89 20.08 12.05%
"damn" 320 35.56 46.90 11.02%
"fire" 181 20.11 20.55 6.23%
"suck" 379 42.11 33.58 13.05%
"ass" 195 21.67 25.55 6.71%
"put in Morris" 99 11.00 13.67 3.41%

Hidden in here but quite notable is the spike in references to put in Shane Morris. Twenty-eight people had stated that they had their fill of Devin Gardner yesterday, which is the most since the Penn State game. Actually, more than half of the Morris posts tracked here come from that game and now yesterday's game. Here is the game-by-game count - if you double-click on the image, you will get to see the full-scale graph on Photobucket:

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The normalized values:

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So, it will look different than last week's because of two spikes - we blew the doors off of calls for firing someone. The Z-value this week is 2.04. We also blew the door off of "ass" for some reason, relying on this word at a rate 2.12 standard deviations above the normal use of "ass". 

Here are a few interesting relationships that are within the normalized chart. First, something that I will call "F*ck-Fire Relationship":

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It is still evident that the watershed moment for the season was Penn State, but you can see even with this subset of data that we've eased on the "fuck" and gone right to "fire" in the past two weeks. Obviously, the anger is understandable. Here's the "Shit-Damn" comparison:

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"Damn" saw most of its life during the Penn State game, but "shit" saw spikes during Akron and UConn. My theory - as I was swearing off-blog - is that this was due to the unexpected flow of these games in combination with results. You can see "shit" trending back to decent levels, but "damn" is fading again. 

Preliminary results of accumulating data for a Pareto Of Discontent seem to indicate that 80% of the anger is directed at Borges, turnovers, negative run plays and 3rd and longs. More on this as I develop the metric. 



November 10th, 2013 at 9:30 AM ^

I wonder is this community is just a bit more corporate savvy than most, and the word "fire" (which is way out of vogue in the corporate world) is being replaced with other more HR-buzzy words?

In my company the phrase is "resource action," or "RA" for short.  For example, "He was RA'd back in January." 

So re-run your numbers and look for "RA Borges" or "Resource Action Borges" please. :-)


November 10th, 2013 at 10:07 AM ^

I always think of "fire" as a part of "dumpster fire" or "tire fire" which may lead to inflated numbers since many use to say "fire Xx".

To your point, back in the 90's Reduction in Force or RiF was popular for government jobs. To be fired was called to be riffed.


November 10th, 2013 at 9:35 AM ^

At least this disproves any notion that despite the loss, "not a single 'fuck' was given." By this count, it appears at least 175 of them were.


November 10th, 2013 at 10:51 AM ^

The fact that the mix of words varies some each game is one thing that keeps me interested in doing this each week. When I normalize everything for thread size as well at the end of the season, I plan to have the "Rage Scattergram" plotted with each game - the debate will be naming quadrants. High-volume, high-cussing would be "ANGAR" and high-volume, low-swearing might be "Mild Irritation" or something along those lines. 

Bobby Boucher

November 10th, 2013 at 11:13 AM ^

I would also be interested in seeing the ratio of total comments in negative posts to the total in positive posts.  It seems that a negative post/thread generates 200-300 reponses, whereas lately I've seen positive ones reach maybe 10-20.  The biggest challenge would be creating a measurement that categorized a post or thread.  I'm willing to bet the ratio is astronomical.  


November 10th, 2013 at 11:24 AM ^

Shit Package right.  My German Shorthaired Pointer was calling out the fucking plays during the game.

Best move of the day.  Going to the tail gate, selling the tickets and returning home to watch and throw fuck bombs with impunity at the cock sucking tube.


November 10th, 2013 at 3:41 PM ^

The answer is, like many things in life, "Because it is fun."

Also, it's a great way to put the season into perspective really - a fair number of people say they stop caring after a certain point and whatnot. These numbers, and some of the analysis that is being developed for an end-of-season diary, show that this is not true at all. It's a study of fans and fandom in a strange sort of way. 


November 10th, 2013 at 4:40 PM ^

So my first question is why can't we put the season into perspective by measuring positive observations by fans?  Can we?  But, I guess the answers to those questions would be; It's more fun when people are mad, or that we as fans don't make positive observations about this team.  I just sort of think that tallying up the number of the times we as a fanbase (or part of a fanbase) use swear words to describe the play of the team we say we support makes us look not so good.  But I'm sure you as a mod know more than me.  (not trying to be a sarcastic asshole)  So, continue having fun!


November 10th, 2013 at 5:06 PM ^

I think another reason for the penn state spike is that it was an away game so most of us were watching remotely where Nebraska a lot of us were cursing at the stadium or while drinking afterwards