One Final Thought for 2016: Everybody Stinks

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Are you one of the world’s greatest athletes? Did you win an Olympic gold medal, the Masters or the Kentucky Derby?

According to Twitter, you stink.

Every day, the existence of hundreds of millions of Twitter users means there are hundreds of millions of opinions. Some of them are sensible and carefully thought out. Many are not. Among these are the frequent pronouncements that a sports figure who most of the world acknowledges as one of the greats is actually, secretly, not good at all.

Part of the reason for this is rivalry: It’s hard for a fan in Philadelphia or Washington to admit that Dak Prescott, or any Cowboy, is a good player.

But part of it is also the cacophony of Twitter views, in which everyone and everything is simultaneously the best and the worst of all time.

Here’s a look at some of these terrible, terrible sportsmen and sportswomen, according to Twitter users:

LeBron James is a four-time N.B.A. M.V.P. When his Cavaliers fell behind three games to one in last spring’s finals, it was understandable that some of his detractors would dump on him.

But surely after the Cavs rallied to win the finals, no one still thinks that?

Stephen Curry was the unanimous M.V.P. last season. But Twitter doesn’t do unanimity.

And don’t even get Twitter started about the Knicks.

Or about Mike Trout, the consensus best player in baseball.

The greatest quarterback of modern times: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? According to Twitter, the answer is neither.

Lionel Messi, with or without hashtags.

Oh, and Cristiano Ronaldo, too.

No one is safe.

You know what else stinks? Every sport and every league.

After a session reading remarks like these, the urge for something positive is overwhelming. Maybe we’ll check out Twitter’s political commentary. …

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