Does anyone remember how public feuds worked before the internet? I guess people just had to say shady things about each other in interviews that ran in print newspapers, and then hope that the target of their shade read that particular newspaper? Seems, well, unsatisfying.
Thankfully, we have Twitter, the social media site whose instant gratification factor makes it not only a great platform for narcissism as performance art and a really splashy way to blow up your life, but also the ideal method for exchanging snarky insults with public figures. And when you've got two public figures involved? You, my friend, have an entertaining Twitter feud.
Most hilarious recent case in point: San Jose's own Smash Mouth -- the band famous for the inescapable 1999 single "All Star," some painful covers on the Shrek soundtrack and a lead singer who's somehow achieved the feat of being even more disliked than his food-world doppelganger Guy Fieri -- decided to weigh in on a tweet by Chronicle sports writer John Shea about Coco Crisp, the former A's outfielder who was traded to the Cleveland Indians earlier this fall.