ScreamingEagles- Every successful professional sport franchise makes tough player personnel decisions, weighing the pros and cons from behind closed doors without fan input and media scrutiny. Fans have never been privy to those conversations.
FANchise and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles have provided fans with a truly interactive, immersive experience with unprecedented access to those private and difficult discussions, ones that give power to the fans to have an open and healthy debate.
We understood this fan vote to sign Greg Hardy would be controversial, but we believe in empowering fans to make the final decision, the right decision. We stand behind what was agreed upon and what is best for the team’s future success.
The fan vote was extremely close, with 50.1 percent voting against Greg Hardy being offered a contract by the Screaming Eagles. The fans have spoken; Hardy will not be offered a contract.
With all due respect to John Scott and Zaza Pachulia, I'm pretty sure that this is the first time the sabotaging of a fan vote actually ended up getting someone exactly what they deserved. Just so happens that "someone" was an extremely volatile, abusive asshole and what he deserved was unemployment.
You can tell me until your blue in the face that the 'Screaming Eagles' fans have a heart and refused to compromise their morals in an effort to solidify their pass rush, but I would have to be completely unaware of how the internet works to believe you.
These were the numbers when the story initially went viral (AKA when no one outside of Utah knew who the Screaming Eagles were)...
And after 12 more hours of online circulation...
And by the 1AM deadline...
The results of a vote that once seemed like a forgone conclusion got flipped on their side like they were determining the President Of The United States. The internet catches a lot of flak for turning everything into joke, but - in this instance - it took something that was a joke and just barely put a stop to it. I guess us millennials aren't completely useless after all!
Credit to everyone that had the haunting image of Greg Hardy suplexing a woman onto a pile of semi-automatic weaponry in mind when they went out of their way to keep him from playing football for peanuts. Considering the .1% majority, your vote did truly count - even if you only placed it out of curiosity. The Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles tried to play to their fans desire to win in order to justify their own unethical interest, and the people that had no idea that the 'Indoor Football League' even existed before yesterday were having none of it. The worldwide web made sure the guy that refused to admit any guilt whatsoever in an inexcusable crime remained jobless. Thank god they did too, because sociopaths aren't really a good fit for any workplace.