NFL Schedule Leaks was just another troll job

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Screenshot: Twitter: @NFLGameLeaks

Legends are not born, they are made. The @NFLGameLeaks Twitter account is no different.

NFL schedule leaks published his first tweet on May 9, writing: “Hello Twitter; The NFL schedule it [sic] will officially launch on Thursday, May 12. However, schedules have already been sent to all 32 NFL teams. Games will be continually leaked as the days go on. I will post all the games on Twitter as I receive them.”

This was a lie. There was no secret access to a previously published schedule, no leak with any factual information. But who could have known? The account quickly amassed 10,000 followers over the next three days, tweeting completely fabricated matchups. Blogs, sportswriters and message boards were eating it up, retweeting and reporting seemingly leaked game schedules based on the Game Leaks Twitter account.

And the person behind it was literally making it up, which they revealed yesterday and quickly lost around 20 percent of their followers. See for yourself:

This was followed by “literally none of that shit was real”. Just amazing stuff here, to be honest. The account then became a kind of manifesto about the ease with which misinformation spreads on the internet (“No wonder half of this country thinks the election was rigged, fuck my God”), and yelled at the only account that had called them from the beginning for being fake

Having promised “a lot more hoax and nonsense to come”, what could leak next? Trades and free-agent destinations? NBA draft picks in June? Home and away college football series announcements for the 2042 season? The opportunities are endless and the precedent is set. It’s just a question of whether people will fall for it so easily a second time. (I guess they will).

The account’s bio now reads “I really got y’all motherfuckers.” I can’t argue with that.

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