the oaks were poisoned, and so was the atmosphere.
"I've never seen it worse," said Paul Finebaum, a longtime Birmingham talk show host and newspaper columnist. "And I think it's because so many more fans are being heard or can be heard through so many different mediums. As a result, it's more contentious."
Twitter, message boards and, yes, talk radio keep things stirred up.
The article doesn't run with this theme, as you can tell from the talk radio note. T-shirts are next on the list of trouble-stirring agents, and then the author turns to... the actions of individuals.
Infocult does not follow sports, so perhaps you readers can offer insight. Is the fearsome internet meme alive in the professional athletics sphere?
(thanks to Ted Major)