Confirmation bias is our tendency to notice and accept that which fits within our pre-existing commitments and beliefs. If you doubt its existence, power and importance, you might look at the tweets on college football from this fall that follow (I wrote about it in the college basketball context here). Even if you don’t doubt confirmation bias, looking at these tweets is still a lot of fun. Everyone tends to think that everyone else is out to get them and their team. As Paul Simon put it in The Boxer, “…still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest….“ By inference, at least everybody seems to agree that they hate ESPN!
How to get a job at ESPN: - Hate Ohio State - Hate the Big Ten - Kiss Florida State's Ass - Worship the SEC - and don't forget hate OSU!!!!
— Ohio Sports (@goodquotes4u2c) November 23, 2014
— Caleb Vega (@Calebvega2) December 1, 2014
— USC Trojans Football (@TRoJaN805_) November 14, 2014
ESPN hates the Big 12. They always have and always will. No matter what team, they hate us. And so does everyone else. Gah I'm pissed
— #logan (@Tacker_11) December 7, 2014
— Jim Bean (@Beaner5953) November 8, 2014
ESPN HATE SEC. All of us.
— A$AP Reezy (@reedIRL) November 9, 2014
ESPN will rip ASU for the rest of forever. Because no matter what team it is, ESPN hates Arizona
— Kilea (@kileathomas) November 16, 2014
I'm glad ESPN hates us so we don't get much Dan Jockitch.
— Nate Gelber (@NateGelber) November 27, 2014
WHY DOES ESPN HATE UCONN MUCH!
— Max Turgeon (@Max_Turgeon) November 18, 2014
i'm sure if UAB was in a different conference, @ESPN would've been all over it..but we know how much ESPN hates CUSA teams. some bullshit..
— rachel m (@_raybabyyy) December 2, 2014
— Super Saiyan Smalls (@Be_The_WHYL) November 22, 2014
I love how ESPN hates the ACC it makes me laugh
— audrey (@AudreySchermer) September 29, 2014
— Bruin Country™ (@UCLA_Nation) November 20, 2014
I like that everyone at ESPN hates Alabama. Yeah we have a really soft schedule with the top team in the country coming to play this week.
— LundenRTR (@LundenRTR) November 10, 2014
Why does ESPN hate us so much (Louisville)…every aspect of their branch doesn't want to give us credit at all. These dudes are pathetic
— ♠️✊♦️ (@RodWhitneyJr) December 3, 2014
— Josh Macera (@jmacera7) November 30, 2014
@TAYLORTOCCI because espn hates and has always hated Arkansas so everyone that isn't a arkansas fan does to
— Brady West (@Slim_Brady17) November 22, 2014
I mean, I know ESPN hates us, but at least get our schedule right. Dumbasses.
— Rebel Nation. (@WeAreUNLV) November 23, 2014
ESPN hates Florida state. It's so clear.
— Dollar (@dubdollar20) October 20, 2014
ESPN hates Auburn. No matter how well we do, they still doubt how legitimate we are as a football team.
— Brett Walters (@Bwaltersau) August 28, 2014
— Duck in Vegas (@DuckinVegas) November 4, 2014
— Robert Beckman (@rbeckman8) October 18, 2014
Boy ESPN hates TCU don't they
— Tyler Walker (@thevagueone) December 7, 2014
I swear @espn hates WVU. They still hardly talk about us at all.
— Tucker Cole (@t_cole20) October 19, 2014
Why do people at ESPN hate the Sooners? I think it is funny. Blessed to be a Sooner fan!
— nigel johnson (@nigeljohnson19) October 17, 2014
— ZK (@Z_Kita) October 25, 2014
i guess ESPN hates the Beavs, all their articles call us a less-prestigious program than Wisconsin
— Steven (@stevenserver1) December 11, 2014
ESPN hates Michigan
— UofMDieHards (@UofMDieHards) September 23, 2014
— Harrison J (@Jozefcz1) November 28, 2014
— Ikeonic (@ikeonic) October 1, 2014
@dfbarron ESPN hates all thing Texas not Dallas. Always has.
— Chris Burns (@chilib74) December 8, 2014
ESPN hates mississippi state. That's the only explanation.
— William Drummond (@wdrummond17) September 15, 2014
@Michael_Crispin ARE YOU SERIOUS! Espn hates Texas as for Alabama or Florida State or Notre dame! Any team with history they bash.
— Trip (@tripvick) November 21, 2014
It never ceases to amaze me how much ESPN hates KSU.
— OptiMISS Smartass (@OptimusSmartass) October 19, 2014
Turn on the Maryland game and the first thing I hear is Beth Mowins. The Doris Burke of college football. Why does ESPN hate us
— Falan Garner (@falandownawell) November 1, 2014
Convinced that ESPN hates the state of South Carolina……..USC and Clemson both
— Justin Workman (@jworky_93) December 10, 2014
— Bree (@DESPICABLE_BREE) September 15, 2014
— Kolt Rogers (@iamKoltBolt) December 10, 2014
ESPN hates Syracuse.
— Queen of Astoria (@radashlee) December 6, 2014
Good grief, could @espn hate on Baylor any more?
— Der BereitFürMSU Bär (@DerBaylorBaer) November 12, 2014
"@HawkeyeReport: Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on the call this weekend for Iowa/Minnesota. ESPN2." ESPN hates Hawkeye fans…
— Damian Houk (@DamianHouk) November 3, 2014
espn hates Arizona so much
— jess (@aldaBACONanEGGS) November 1, 2014
ESPN hates Tennessee
— Michael Holbert (@Holbert_Says) October 18, 2014
— justin hughes (@big14kato) November 16, 2014
ESPN HATES A&M idk why this is ok
— Carly Power (@_carlypower) November 28, 2014
It's really depressing how much espn hates Nebraska.
— Sean Callaghan (@HotelCALLYforni) September 17, 2014
— Trvor Stupy (@ASUfanPT42) November 2, 2014