— Fake Darcy (@FakeDarcy) November 13, 2013
Yesterday marked an end of an era in Buffalo. More specifically, the end of a social media era.
The departure of Darcy Regier from the Sabres front office also signified the end of the line for Fake Darcy as the latter posted one final farewell tweet as news broke of Regier’s termination from the Sabres.
Fake Darcy managed to operate at the forefront of the Sabres Twitterverse with a steady stream of obvious, snarky tweets that were always taking the lighter side of things into account. It was always just right, not trying too hard, but funny enough to elicit a chuckle.
That’s not always the case when it comes to Sabres-related Twitter accounts. This is probably true of most Twitter feeds that surround professional teams, but given the cottage industry that is Sabres parody accounts, yesterday’s actions should serve as the end of the line for such accounts.
Go ahead and search Twitter for Ron Rolston or Ted Nolan. Be prepared to scroll for a while as there is an account for everything imaginable for the former and current coach of the Sabres. But none of them carry the personality that was found with the feed that was Fake Darcy. To their credit, the Lindy Ruff’s Tie guys have also done a fine job in maintaining a Twitter feed that is entertaining enough to justify. But they’re less a parody and more just a Sabres-related feed in many way.
A quick visual survey shows one account with a single tweet to its credit, two that stopped late last spring and a few others that managed to stay active but truly offered little in the sense of following.
I suppose all parody accounts come with an acquired taste, sort of like comedians. If a particular brand of comedy doesn’t do the trick, you’re not going to find much use for them. But when one account in a veritable sea of them offers even the slightest comedic value, it would seem that the trend for such accounts is crap. I’d like to think that the fanbase is better than this, but I’d be lying.
So consider this a clarion call of sorts. The Sabres Twitterverse was blessed with a mildly entertaining – much like the mildly successful real GM – parody account that was run very well. Whoever was the voice behind the account knew well enough to step down when Regier was fired. Let Fake Darcy’s retirement serve as the end of the line for any further accounts of the ilk.
Goodbye to Fake Darcy, your run was entertaining and well received. Let’s hope that Sabres fans have enough sense to know that they won’t replicate what you perfected.
(Joe's note: I decided to take this piece from Ostrander's site just so I can say a few words about Fake Darcy. I love the motherfucker. I echo all of CO's takes about the overdone parody accounts that are all over Twitter. While I won't spam you like a number of people have done, I'll be giving you the most evil eyeroll in the history of man if you start following me.
Why is that? Because no one did it better than Fake Darcy. You can't duplicate his success no matter how stupid your parody's nickname is. I've done a lot of wrong things as the ruler of Buffalo Wins, but bringing in Fake Darcy's mailbag and Q&As wasn't one of them.
I'll always remember after I brought him on in the summer of 2011, soon there after I broke a few Sabres stories that really gave us a lot of momentum. He emailed the staff about how proud he was to be a part of the site and it really meant a lot to me. Maybe because I thought we were on to something special or just because Fake Darcy actually let down his Andy Kaufman persona to show that he was human.
Every time you'd think he wouldn't be able to top a joke, he'd push the envelope. Whether he was trolling Mike Harrington or sending love letters to Heather B., it never got old or stale. As much as I HATED Darcy Regier, Fake Darcy retiring is the only reason I'm upset about Darcy's firing. I think everyone felt that way since his final tweet was retweeted over 250 times and favorite over 150 times.
For the record, I've exchanged a few emails with Fake Darcy and he's officially done. He's not going to reopen the account as fakeLala or fakenolan. And to all the DMs I've gotten about whether I know FD's identity, I have zero idea. I've pressed him multiple times about that very topic and his response has always been the same…
In the end, he definitely was a cape crusader of sorts..he was a crusader for getting laughs and the mystery of who he really was added to it. I'll miss him for it. Godspeed Fake Darcy!