Tuesday, September 07, 2010

How To Kill Your Career In 140 Characters: A Dan Ellis Photo Diary

The world is a crazy place now, you have to watch your back more than ever, especially if you're someone famous, or in this case at least known. You have to watch what you say and watch what you do, because you never know when TMZ might show up, or even someone with video camera on their cellphone for that matter. Up until last night, Dan Ellis was known only in the hockey world, and even then he was hardly a star. That all changed Monday night, when he ironically didn't seem to understand the value of hard work and money on Labor Day of all dates. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the quick death of an athlete's reputation. As always, click on the picture to enlarge them.

And here's how it all began, when millionaire NHL goalie Dan Ellis starting tweeting about how unhappy he was with all his millions. People of course took offense to this and the hilarity began with the now legendary topic #DanEllisProblems, which just put this guy on blast all evening. It was really something honestly. I highly suggest looking it up on Twitter and reading through them all. You gotta love the guy who replied at the top of the page, he's laying in to him. This was the start of the end for Danny boy. It turns on that people who struggled through the worst economy in more than 50 years, who buy the tickets and jerseys that pay his salary, don't really like hearing another spoiled millionaire athlete complain about the burden of being rich. Who knew right? Oh well, you know like the homie Puff Daddy says, Mo Money, Mo Problems.


So this is around where he realized that people didn't find what he said funny and he decided to put his tail between his legs and try and minimize the damage, only it actually got kinda worse. Here's a pointer in PR Dan. When you find yourself in a situation where you have said something stupid, apologize right away and actually say sorry. Do NOT try and blame the people for taking it the wrong way or saying that your warned them, then saying if you don't like it do me a favor and unfollow me, and even worse still, after all that doesn't work, try and make some lame joke/threat about how you're going to go back to writing boring stuff. Did he hire Tiger's PR guy? No one said hockey players were smart. Here's a prediction Dan, you have a meeting with Stevie Y in the next few days and you get an earful, your account vanishes and you won't be tweeting anymore, so don't worry about what to tweet from now on.


These are one of the first batches of tweets to get involed in the crucifying of Dan Ellis. He hasn't seen this much attention since...........well ever. If you look closely, I may have even dropped a gem in there as well.


These were some of the very early jokes that came in. I'm not gonna lie, although there were some good ones as time went on, the best ones came when there were less people involved. These are all gems, one after another, completely unedited.


I loved the Norfolk references, which is of course where their AHL affiliate is located. It seems that people will be genuinely cheering for him to be sent down this season. I also really enjoyed the peasants crack from a fan of his former team. I do however, award the gold medal of this batch to the at least I'm not a millionaire athlete burn. Hilarious!


These are more of my favorites and they had me cracking up non stop. It goes to show you how funny fans can be, if there's a subject worth their talents. I particularly loved the crack from MLSE of all people.


And I think this pretty much sums it up doesn't it? Keep in mind this is coming from a respected hockey writer for the Minnesota Star Tribune in Michael Russo. People aren't exactly sympathetic to millionaire athletes and their alleged hard lives, when many people are struggling to make ends meat, especially when that millionaire is completely mediocore and on his 3rd team in 2010 so far.

The only thing I'd add is that annihilated didn't quite to it justice. It went on and on for hours, people just burning him, and rightfully so by the way. It was bound to happen to an athlete on Twitter eventually, though I will admit I'm suprised it was a hockey player and not Chad Ocho Cinco or Terrell Owens. I'm just glad I was there to witness and participate in it.

Thoughts on the #DanEllisProblems debacle?

11 comments:

Davegeek said...

I feel awful for the poor guy. Oh wait he's not poor at all! He's a rich whiny brat who a week earlier was tweeting about the rims on his customized Jaguar! Nevermind.

Anonymous said...

The one about the Chilean Miners is WAY offside.

Poor Dan, he might have to pair-down his personal entourage now.

Bob Arctor said...

The Chilean Miners quip was 7 kinds of awesome.

Adam D said...

The Chilean miners tweet was literally the funniest thing I have heard this week.

Phaseten said...

I can't say I would have tweeted those things but I can honestly say i don't feel he has done anything wrong. All he did was express displeasure with the loss of 18% of his income and stated that money did not buy people happiness. I think anyone with money will tell you that you cannot throw money at all problems and have them disapear. Give the guy a break twits!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Phaseten....although not something I would say, this thing is definitely been blow out of proportion.

looshV said...

It's not that Dan Ellis did anything "wrong" by standard of the law, he's entitled to free speech. He just forgot that so is everybody else.

Jon said...

@looshV: No one's forgotten his right to free speech, that right has in no way been violated. All speech is open to criticism, particularly when made in a public forum. All involved are exercising rights to free speech. It's just less fun for Dan.

Anonymous said...

Lol at Phaseten and anon. Both might I add are actually the rich and powerfully Danny E himself......

Anonymous said...

The irony in all this is that the tweets were clearly tongue in cheek! Ellis was making fun of himself before legions of trolls missed the point and interpreted the tweets as genuine. If you heard this guy talk and had heard some of his humour you might have caught on. But amateur bloggers are always looking for someone to flame.

Anonymous said...

The irony is that Dan's brother IS actually a brain surgeon in training, who gets more respect and will make similar sums of money.