Re: Sorry, I just have to take a moment here....
posted at 8/21/2013 12:10 PM EDT
In response to agcsbill's comment:
TFB, since you asked.....
If anything, folks do not seem to accept that there can be varying opinions which are not intended to be personal, but, when posted, are attacked with name calling and such. How often have we seen "football" threads breakdown into name calling etc between a couple posters drowning out all the rest of the stuff? Of course, you do have the "troll" types who have nothing but the intent to denounce and denigrate the Pats and their fan base.
Secondly, be a "fan" of the team and don't make it about the players and coaches not knowing what they are doing when they lose a game or do not win the SB. Since 2007, this has been a spoiled lot. As a fan, I never profess to know more about how the team could be run or play. I may not like what they tried or whatever, but, they are trying! Unlike one poster here, who will go nameless, who seems intent on blaming all the troubles for the Pats not winning the SB since 2005 on ONE player, huh?
It is laughable some of the comments made here about personnel, plays and such as if the poster should be the coach or owner and knows better about how the team should be run than the team itself. But, hey, isn't that what fans are about?
AGCSBill, just a fan havin' fun!!
Well said AGCSBill. Unfortunately, I've had to gloss over many potentially good threads that degenerate into slug it out, name calling garbage that I refuse to waste my time reading anymore.
As far as annoying fans of other teams go it's very easy. I simply have them on ignore. But it becomes more difficult when very knowledgeable Patriot Fans continuously insult other very knowledgeable Patriot Fans.
For example, I am a Tom Brady Fan and I am a Bill Belechick Fan. There is no way I am going to be forced to choose between them. Yet we have the same argument ad nauseum over who is responsible for the teams success and failures.
If people feel that the only way to win an argument is by yelling louder and insulting more well it might work in the beginning. But after time, many readers get tired of this and just tune you out and your strategy fails. OTOH, whoever takes the high road from this point and quits the insults is probably going to be more respected and taken much more seriously.
I know what I said is probably going to fall on deaf ears. But I'm going to use a "stretch" analogy here. I despise the Yankees. But as hated as A-Rod is, I wonder how many people actually felt a little sorry for him after Dempster hit him the other night. At that time, the Yankees were a mess and losing the game. What followed was A-Rod hits a home run off Dempster, the Yankees get motivated and win that game and win three games in a row.
Perhaps personal attacks are sometimes better left undone.