BB, I'm not talking about debates about what the team does or does not do on the field. I'm talking about with people dealing with their issues about the Falcons.
Someone comes onto the board, and says, "OMG! We suck! I can't believe they lost!"
And then someone posts a repsonse saying, "Hey guy, calm down. It's no big deal. If you get this worked up over a single loss, you shouldn't even watch the games."
That's what I'm talking about. If someone posts something about "We suck! We can't throw! The coaches suck! The OL sucks! The defense sucks!" By all means debate them on the "merits" of their posts. Saying something like, "You're wrong. The OL isn't that bad. It's Week 3, we have a long way to go. Chill out" then I find that okay.
But when you're saying to people that you should watch Oprah or The View which is borderline, saying "You should stop being a fan" that's where I want to draw the line. Which leads IMO to "You're not a real fan" and "I'm a bigger/better fan than you, so therefore my opinions count and yours don't", etc.
I've just noticed over the years that the quickest way a thread devolves from football talk into insults is usually when a poster questions the quality of another individual's or a group of individual's fandom or resolve for suppporting the team. Frankly, it should not matter. The guy can be a misinformed Bucs fan for all I care. It doesn't matter, all posters are equal.
And note my statement earlier in this thread:
I'm sure there have been plenty of times in the past where I haven't heed my own advice, but I'm going to make an effort to do so from now on.
I'm going to make an effort to change.
Basically, I don't care what kind of poster you are. Most posters are in 3 camps:
1. "The Fickles." AKA the Flip Floppers. After wins, they are ultra-positive, after losses they are ultra-negative. Their moods change very fast.
2. "The Pessimists" Even when the team wins they pick out every flaw, and when they lose they have a field day.
3. "The Optimists" They see the positive in every thing and the opposites of the pessimists.
My point is that regardless of what type of a fan you are, you're not going to agree with others simply based on them being a different type of fan. I realize that. But keep it to football. I don't want to see things like FalconWease's 2nd sentence in this thread: "I wonder why they remain fans at all." or PB's "I often question if many of these people are true Falcons fans."