posted at 4/22/2008 12:56 PM EDT
You're right, you did hit a nerve.� I always get annoyed with people who think it's acceptable behavior to judge things they know little or nothing about, especially if said subject is something important to me.
Let's break things down a little...
"Ok, if you questioned management and the on ice product, how much heart they had, etc., and then state youve watched more Bruins hockey this past week than in 4 or 5 years, how exactly were you qualified to come to the conclusion that management hadnt done a good job with putting together a good team?"
Sounds like an question, not an opinion.� I can't speak for the person you were talking about, but I can say that anyone who has been a Bruins fan longer than a few seasons is familiar with the screw job Jacobs has been performing on the fans for over thirty years.� Ever hear the phrase, "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it," or "A tiger can't change his stripes?"�� The Jacobs Theorum is simple math: Never reinvest more than 10% of your profit into the product.�� The salary cap was the best thing to happen to that cheapskate, since people will eventually forget that when Jacobs had the ability and capital to create a serious contender, he instead banked the money and fielded a team just good enough to make noise but never good enough to run with the best.� That's why the last two times they went to finals they never had more than one serious scoring line. Opinions are fine.� Uneducated opinions are ignorant.
"You sound like a bunch of people I know down in Mass who have had 2 teams BUY championships over the past few years, but havent had anything to do with hockey but youll trash the team and management at the drop of a dime."
This is where you decided to pass judgement without learning some background history first.� It's the perfect example of the uneducated opinion I just mentioned. The fact that you felt the need to talk about anyone buying a championship - which has zilch to do with hockey - implies a bias that has nothing to do with the Bruins.� An example of an opinion (mine): Slamming management or ownership is fine.� Slamming players you don't like is fine.� Slamming a whole team rather than the individual problems that need to be fixed is moronic.
"Again, I have probably 80 relatives spread around the Boston area.� I know how they are, I know how their friends are.� Just stating the OBVIOUS!"
What *I* know I learned from reading what you wrote... and it's the words of someone that� seems to have a bias against Boston sports.� That is what's obvious.� If you cared about the outcome rather than the complaining we wouldn't be having this discussion because you'd KNOW enough of the backstory not to make such silly comments.� What your family and their friends are like has nothing to do with the subject at hand.� You're stereotyping the entire Boston fanbase (and by dragging the Bruins into it, angering REAL fans) with little fact and plenty of huffing and puffing.
"And youre right, Im FAR too young to remember anything.� Ive only been following hockey since 1980.� I dont remember the Orr days, but I remember everything after them."
Following hockey does not constitute following a specific team nor knowing the details of their history.� Your reference is similar to saying, "I've been reading for twenty five years and even though I've never read any Stephen King I can make comments about his work because I have friends and family who live near him."�� Apparently your knowledge doesn't extend to the Jacobs ownership or Sinden's days as the protector of the pursestrings or this conversation would never have happened.
"Again, just answer this one question and Ill be satisfied:� How come EVERYONE I know in Boston SCREAMED for YEARS that the Yankees bought their championships??"
Oh, I don't know... maybe because they have?�� There's a BIG difference between baseball, where the financial gap between someone like the Rays and the Yankees is so disproportionate it ruins any chance at true parity, and Hockey... where when there was no cap there wasn't so much money being brought in by so few teams it affected the competitive level of the entire league.� I won't argue that the Sox have been fortunate along those lines, but the gap between what they spend and what the yankees spend isn't even close to comparable.� There are presently thirteen teams whose entire payroll is less than the difference between the yankees and the red sox payrolls.� Fact.� Also, this is a BRUINS thread not a dissection of baseball finance, so what does that have to do with hockey?!
"Am I correct? "
"Were the fans just jealous?"
Maybe a little, but I can't speak for those fans.� It still doesn't change the fact that the yankees raided other teams by throwing money around and therefore created a system of haves and have nots.� The yankees started it, the Sox and Mets just signed up after the fact because they had the means to at least be competitive in spending.� Ask a Royals, Pirates, or Expos (whoops!) fan just how much it has affected the entire game.
"If so, you make my point that those people are hypocrites.� Sorry you dont like the truth."
Bruins fans are not necessarily sox fans and vice versa.� Sticking all Boston sports fans under one flag is not just ridiculous, but again, is also ignorant.� Just because YOU see a hypocrisy doesn't mean it exists simply because not everyone who is a Bruin's fanatic is also a Red Sox fanatic.� Baseball is fun, but it's not a passion of mine by any means.� I know a decent amount about it because of my job, but it's still a distant third behind hockey and football to me.� The fact that you're using a baseball issue to take cheap shots at Bruins fans highlights my point about you having a Boston sports bias, and your approach shows you know little about the subject.� THAT is the truth.� If you want to yap baseball, go to that board.� If you want to discuss Bruin's history and/or learn something about why there's some animosity between fans and ownership as well as the distrust of management under Jacobs, then do some reading and asking instead of snapping off judgements that real Bruin's fans find offensive.��