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08/11/2011 09:40 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2011

Pat Hanlon, Giants Vice President Of Communications, Uses Twitter To Defend Team From Fans

The Internet, especially Twitter, allows everyday folks to speak truth to power. Or, it at least allows us to speak truth @Power. But, as in too many areas in world affairs, Power doesn't always answer back.

This was not the case, though, when some New York Giants fans began venting their frustration on their favorite team's lack of offseason player acquisitions. After news broke that wide receiver Steve Smith was leaving Big Blue for the rival Philadelphia Eagles a tidal wave of fan unrest flooded Twitter.

Giants Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlon was soaked by it, and he decided to do something about it.

Hanlon began a spirited and occasionally potty-mouthed defense of the Giant organization against its own fans.

When Brian Bardin, who goes by the handle @bbhkf78 on Twitter, suggested that the Giants were entering a necessary rebuilding phase, Hanlon retweeted the message with the added note "Re-build my ass! I got your re-build."

While the fact that Hanlon has not refuted the authorship of the tweets dismisses the theory that his account had been hacked, it begs two other questions.

Did a a team spokesman simply lose his cool because of his passion for his employer? Or, did a savvy public relations professional make certain that his team would be a topic of Internet conversation on the night the NFL preseason opened up?

Either way, check out some of the most entertaining and passionate tweets and vote on which ones you'd RT.

CAUTION: There is foul language in some of these tweets.

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Giants Exec vs. Giants Fans