Fall baseball is here and the crowds are excited. The playoffs are in full swing as the championship is up for grabs. It appears everyone is bringing their A-game on the road to the Fall Classic. That is, everyone except for the Fox network. In a temporary glitch, the news’ digital team messed up some graphics – and now everyone is having a laugh about the spoof. This includes “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak.
During a moment of the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, a graphic banner which is supposed to display the player’s name and stats simply read, “First Last Name” next to the team’s logo. These mixups are minor and quickly fixed, however, in the era of social media, lots of people took screenshots.
The good natured game show host tweeted a picture of his screen with the error. He took time to poke at the network’s error.
“I’m watching the generic broadcast,” the “Wheel of Fortune” host captioned the screenshot.
“Wheel of Fortune” Host Calls Out Social Media Rudeness
Fox’s MLB error isn’t the only time Pat Sajak called out someone on Twitter. Earlier this week, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp experienced massive worldwide outages, losing the social media company millions of dollars in just several hours. This threw businesses, advertisers and general users for quite the loop as many tried refreshing their app over and over until they realized something was amiss.
While people were outraged and confused over the outage, Twitter remained super active.
The talk show host seemed to also poke fun at people freaking out over the incident.
“Facebook down. Instagram down. Thank goodness people still have Twitter to be nasty to each other,” Sajak said.
Many “Wheel of Fortune” fans had fun with his comment, throwing in their two sense and interacting with the host.
“Dude, Pat, I’m having a GREAT time on Twitter today,” one fan said. “I make my social media experience awesome. (I’m usually here anyway, just nice to see a bit more activity than usual).”
Another person responded sarcastically, hopping in on the joke.
“How dare you trigger me so, mean twitting person!” another person joked. “I’ll double ban you and cancel your dogs, you scoundrel! How was that? Do I pass the audition?”
While the outage didn’t last more than a day, many celebrities created memes or shared funny quips about the public dependency on social media that exists in our world. The Facebook company responded after the outage in a statement online.
It said: “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”