This is less a blog post and more almost a note to myself. I was looking at the size of defunct National Rugby League teams on LiveJournal, its clones and Facebook. One team I am looking at now is Cumberland. This particular team lasted only eight games in the league that predated the National Rugby League. Nonetheless, I checked them out because sometimes you get people who are less sports fans passionate about their teams performance now; you get people who love the history of older teams and the game in an earlier era. In the United States (which is admittedly not Australia), there are people who love teams from the Negro League and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Thus, it is conceivable that you might get people fan of a team like Cumberland.
I checked out all the LiveJournal clones to see if anyone listed Cumberland as an interest. Nope. None. I checked Facebook. Facebook says that there are less than 20 fans of Cumberland from Australia. That makes sense. The North Sydney Bears and the Balmain Tigers have people interested in them on Facebook. (But not the Glebe Dirty Reds, Newtown Jets, Western Suburbs Magpies.) Then I checked LiveJournal. LiveJournal has 42 people who list Cumberland as an interest. This number is not accurate. A quick look at some of the people confirms it as Cumberland is a city in Pennsylvania and Iowa and Indiana and Main, in England, and in Canada. It also is a well known CTA stop on Chicago’s El. The number for LiveJournal thus goes down as a zero, despite the fact that it doesn’t quite line up with the actual total.
Edited to add: This also applies for University, a team active from 1920-1937 .