This past weekend, I posted a little rant about how much I hate Brett Favre. Astute and regular readers probably saw this for what it was: an experiment in pushing myself beyond what I normally post here. Those who read my post about the media and the great vast feeding frenzy of opinion from late last week know I wanted to try to push myself and hopefully find a way to say things that got people charged up but still raised the level of discourse. That’s why it was so disappointing when I posted this and the first comment I got was the same old rude crap. I’m sure he doesn’t think I would do this, but I am going to post it again in full in case you didn’t see it:
You’re entitled to your opinion, even if it’s negative. I think you’re full of something, I’m just not sure of what it is. Maybe jealousy, yeah that’s right, jealousy, you’re jealous that Brett Favre has a ton of charisma and personality, and you obviously don’t have any. Seems like maybe brains too, you seem to be in short supply of those. I’ll bet if you were a crayon and you were in the box, you’d be the dullest color in there. Zip it, dummy.”
At first, I’ll admit it, this made me very angry. Not only was it a sign that I hadn’t raised the discourse of anything, but I had attracted a rude, barely literate, moron to my site. After the anger subsided I started critically reviewing his response. He hadn’t tried to refute any of my points about Favre (lack of leadership, selfishness, failing to understand the need to develop his young players rather than shun them, etc.) because he couldn’t. He just basically took the route of the playground bully and hurled the “and you’re stupid too” line. I went from angry to feeling responsible for the response because I had decided to be negative. Perhaps, the very fact of being negative breeds negative responses?
With a bit of time though, I realized I was kind of happy that this happened. In truth, I made yimmj55′s day. I don’t know who this guy is, but he has to be a Packer’s fan, right? I mean, a Redskins fan wouldn’t have cared that much that I ripped the man on the weekend we were playing him. You may have thought I was full of crap, but you’d have gotten riled up for the game right?
So who is yimmj55? He has to be a Packers fan who went trolling the Redskins sites looking for a fight. And I gave it to him. That had to be fun for him, right? I engendered some passion in him as a fan.
And you know what? That makes me happy. The first goal of this site is to make fans have more fun being a fan. And if I made Redskins fans hate the opposing team QB for a weekend, and if I made the opposing team’s fans come here to represent, then I did my job.
Would I have liked it better if yimmj55 didn’t sound like an poorly educated 14 year old? Sure, but hey, let’s have fun. Without ever crossing the line into libel, I’m going to do my best to fire you people up and if it means we get some crazy fans from the other side, all the better.