Re: Forum Ego vs. Enjoying your Team
posted at 9/15/2011 1:16 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Forum Ego vs. Enjoying your Team
[QUOTE]Joe, "Beacon" (PIKE) is showing his hypocrisy once again by even starting this thread. He finds the battle of ego's a major distraction on this board, but he himself is a much worse one by calling attention to it obsessively. He will never understand human nature in that not everybody is gonna think like him or be the fan he claims he is. Some folks are more passionate than others, and they have varied mentalities regarding expectation. PIKE claims he enjoys the games, win or lose. Well, by now you'd think many would understand the marathon roller-coaster ride. But I think people who may get more involved passionately in the team than he might feel like if they are investing their emotions, they should be rewarded in the same fashion. When they aren't they react accordingly
. Now, PIKE will soon hammer me for being a contrarian here. Fact is, I don't appreciate whiners who vent unless they are willing to back up their b*tching. But I understand the mindset. He isn't tolerant of it and it gives him an excuse to play wanna-be cop. All he has to do is use the IGGY tab or leave the forum, but then he'll have no avenue to whine about the whiners . He is a compulsive labeller of people, and this board allows him to exercise his demons.
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I am just as passionate as anyone and so are the gentlemen of the forum who don't overreact, have impulsive tantrums, always look for scapegoats, and handle each loss like a child. Passionate posters also may choose to act like adults. Passionate fans watch or listen to every game and have done so for decades. Passionate fans may choose to be tolerant, patient, and optimistic about highly paid players who are underperforming instead of giving up on them. Passionate fans should realize that nobody promised them a rose garden, there are no guarantees, and they are not entitled to anything despite what the payroll is. Passionate fans among the gentlemen of the forum and outside of it lose sleep after tough losses, and get upset because their team lost but they chose not to run here and vent like a spoiled child. The children who are 12 years old have an excuse but men who are old should not come here merely to vent and find someone to argue with and pick a fight with. When Ellsbury gets caught stealing a passionate Red Sox fan does not run into the forum and gloat about it, nor does he arrive in ecstacy because Drew struck out four times. Those are reactions that are covered by Yankee fans.
Like I said earlier many regulars are more concerned with the stances that they have cultivated over time and act more as if they are on a debating team than being a fan. It is as if the debate class professor has given them a role to play and they must succeed in that role or else their grade / ego will suffer. They take that role so seriously that they make it binary - Ex.- Tito is always wrong, Theo is the worst GM in MLB, Crawford is the worst signing ever and will never improve. There is no option in debate class to take a moderate position or color the answer as gray instead of black or white. The professor would not approve. Thus is the forums battle of the egos. Many come here not as fans but as debaters and debates by definition have a winner, a loser, binary arguments, and egos at stake.
Woe to the poster who says that last night's close loss was due to many factors. Woe to the poster who blamed last year's season on 19 players on the DL and many position players out for months. Woe to anyone who blames a loss on intangibles and bad luck. Woe to the poster who states that the other team played better last night.The forum debaters need to debate specifics and that means scapegoating specifics. All of the debaters are more concerned as to which players were signed by Duquette or Epstein and forget that they all are OUR players. The forum by its nature has taken the fun out of being a fan and substituted the supposed fun of debate points and maintaining egos. When the Red Sox lose, true passionate fans not only have to deal with the agony of defeat but they must also listen to supposed Red Sox fans bash the very players that they should be rooting for - double jeopardy.