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Let this serve as a warning for your children: Twitter is unforgiving, has a long memory and doesn't care about context.

Especially if you are a Rutgers beat writer and you enrage a relentless and blindly loyal sports fan base like Penn State's.

You know Penn State fans. They include segments -- however big or small -- of people who wear these T-shirts and who thought honoring Joe Paterno earlier this season was a good idea.

We all make mistakes, though. This is the story of one of mine.

I wish I could tell you that my Twitter account was hacked on Sept. 19, 2015 when Rutgers was playing at Penn State, but I'm the first to bristle when college trustees, politicians and athletes fall back on the digital version of "The dog ate my homework."

I knowingly, willingly and -- in hindsight -- foolishly sent this Tweet:

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I have read most of the responses -- some funny, some not -- that continue to flow through my interactions page even 14 months later. A handful came as recently as Sunday.

Somewhere out there, a Penn State fan has an alarm set so that about every three weeks or so the Tweet is kept alive. Props to that diehard for the commitment. 

Or maybe a fan message board post auto-generates a reminder to the subscribers: Renew your season tickets and don't forget to rip Dunleavy!

Either way, like clockwork, other Penn State fans will see the first verbal shot fired -- some will even think mine is a new Tweet! -- and a steady stream of hate bombards my account for the next few hours.

That the Tweet only has 94 retweets and 96 likes is deceiving because it sure seems as if the "quote" function was invented by a State Colleger looking to haze me.

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Of course it sounds silly now that Saquon Barkley is a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate and the best offensive player on a team that could win the Big Ten East Division. He has 1,113 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

On the other hand, Rutgers' ground game underachieved last season and has done so again this season, with just one rushing touchdown among the top four halfbacks and a Big Ten-low six rushing touchdowns by the team.

But let's add some context that you don't see in 140 characters.

Barkley was the first commitment to Rutgers' 2015 recruiting class. He made his pledge in September 2013 and flipped in February 2014.

At the time of the Tweet Heard 'Round Happy Valley, it was the first half of Barkley's third game of his true freshman season. His resume looked like this: One carry for one yard in a loss to Temple and 115 rushing yards and a touchdown against Buffalo.

Meanwhile, Rutgers brought back a "loaded backfield" that college football analyst Phil Steele ranked as No. 16 in the nation entering the 2015 season.

It included a former First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (Paul James) and two other halfbacks (Robert Martin and Josh Hicks) who combined for 302 rushing yards as freshmen against North Carolina in the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl.

And "not sure where he'd fit in this loaded backfield" was an honest thought -- like "Not sure there is a team that can beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff" -- and not a suggestion that Barkley had no place at Rutgers.

Alas, passionate college sports fans don't let facts get in the way of defending their rooting interests. Even Rutgers University president Robert Barchi proved that last week.

I'd ask that we all move on knowing Barkley is the best running back in the Big Ten right now, but first here is a collection of what Penn State fans think of my Tweet. Notice the variety of dates:

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Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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