Last week, I decided to conduct a little impromptu fantasy football Q & A session with my followers on Twitter. The theme was running backs — if you had to pick three runners who didn’t finish in the top five in fantasy points in 2010 to reach that level next season, who would you choose?
During the course of the discussion, I received a lot of tweets saying Texans RB Arian Foster was a “one-year wonder.” Some even compared him to Steve Slaton. Well, apparently Foster was paying attention to the chatter.
In response, Foster re-tweeted one of the tweets that doubted his ability to duplicate his 2010 success:
“#Thingsthatkeepmegoing RT @jimz22 @Michael_Fabiano yes arian foster is a one hit wonder.there was a reason that he was 4th string 2yrs ago.”
The way the re-tweet was sent, it seemed like I was the one who said Foster was a one-hit wonder. So suddenly (and involuntarily), I went from someone who touted Foster as a major sleeper all the way back in August to suddenly being labeled a hater.
The Foster supporters came out in droves, taking shots at my intelligence (among other things). Gee, was this the first time anything posted on Twitter had ever been misconstrued?
Ironically, I had the opportunity Wednesday afternoon to interview Foster here at NFL.com — less than a week since my own personal Twitter-gate. When I introduced myself, he remembered the tweet controversy and laughed when I said his supporters had treated me like a newborn treats a diaper.
And he admitted there may have been a misunderstanding.
“I guess I re-tweeted it wrong,” Foster said.
Thanks for helping me out, dude! Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
Foster came off as a cool guy, and believe me when I tell you, he’s well aware of the fantasy football craze that’s developed in recent years. Whether or not he can actually duplicate the monster fantasy numbers he posted in 2010 remains to be seen, but Foster is clearly ready to prove that he’s no one-hit wonder.
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