Step 1. Skepticism
If you saw the initial Andrew Luck tweet from Adam Schefter and didn’t check to see if he was verified at least two times, then you have a level of trust that I will never understand.
It is easy to forget now, but Schefter was the only person reporting that the Luck retirement had happened. So, the two most likely reasons were:
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1. Schefter had gotten hacked and anyone who RT’d it was going to be burned about it later.
2. Like Ian Rapoport with the Odell Beckham Jr. trade news, could it be that the great Adam Schefter had been tricked and was using an unreliable source?
As it turns out, neither of these were true it just so happened that the most connected man in sports knew the right guy and broke the news well before anyone had even caught the scent.
So overwhelmingly the first step in all of this was feeling like Schefter was wrong and that Titans fans couldn’t get that lucky in such a crucial year for Marcus Mariota and the rest of the roster.