Election Night 2016: A Greek Myth of Tweets



When ESPN plays highlights of DeSean Jackson’s legendary, game-winning punt return against the Giants, I change the channel.  It’s been years since that punt, and I still don’t watch the replay – and likely never will.

In a lot of ways, that punt return is like the 2016 election results.  I knew it was a small possibility, but I never thought it would actually happen, and after the fact, I’m more disappointed than anything else – shocked to find that the people who had the power to stop it didn’t, when I’d had every faith that they would.

And like that punt return, I’m not sure I want to look back on it, but for posterity sake, I did.  This is election night 2016, as played out on my Twitter feed.

I started out excited.

Then I got cocky.

Then I thought I’d be funny, with nothing to worry about.

Then I got more cocky.

And as the first results began to come in, I got comfortable.

And then I started to see what I thought I’d see.

So I got more comfortable.

But then it all started going wrong. Quickly.

And denial set in.

And then Vegas turned.

And it started to snowball.

And I lashed out.

And I did it again.

And then the sad truth of it started to sink in.

And I fought the sadness the way I always fight sadness: comedy.

But at some point, the results could no longer be denied, and neither could my disappointment.

Author: Joseph White

Joe Bianchino is a writer, producer, and radio host located in upstate New York. He is a life-long New York sport fan, Chelsea supporter, and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBNTS. Email him at