Now that this painful season is done for, can we lay the warzone to rest? I followed this blog every day as Titan in WV, then later linked it to my FB and went with WV Titan. Once upon a time I started commenting more frequently instead of just lurking and it felt damn good to be a part of the community that exists here. I will be honest though, other than a few joking posts this season I have been nearly afraid to post.
There will always be heated discussions and debates on any community site. Sports are even worse for it. But I saw a low of ugly things here this season. It even got so bad that our leader had to call a short lived moratroium on comments over some issues. How sad is it when things get so bad we are asked not to even talk about them anymore. Originally it was mostly the trolls and usual suspects that were dragging things down here, but then I started seeing the usuals and even the staff jumping into the fray.
I got to the point where I wanted to be part of the community but couldn't because I didn't want to post my opinion or try to justify, logically or otherwise, my viewpoint on things because even the people on here I admired most were cutting people down as fast as they could post. I read comments from hal, gramsey and even Adub where they were just as bad as some of the trolls for cutting down other's opinions. I don't mean to lay blame on any of them, especially since for the most part I agreed with what they were saying, I was just shocked that our staff and "Hall of Fame" members were down in the gutters with everyone else. I kind of expected more civility from the guys I look at like MCM Legends. I typed up posts many times and then just deleted them rather than making a comment because I worried that if I said something that was disagreeable it wouldn't turn into a debate but just escalate immediately into a warzone.
This is still by far the BEST place on the web to be if you are a Titan's fan bar none. I am not trying to criticize the site or any of the contributors. Especially not the guys I mentioned. I just used them to illustrate a point because they are kind of the MCM elite and I put a lot of weight in their opinions. When it gets to the point that a would be contributor is afraid to post because of the responses he is seeing across the board from normally level headed fellow fans though it isn't a good sign.
My one request this offseason? Be a Titans fan. I don't really care if you side with VY or Fish. I don't really care who you want to be the next coach if we do in fact end up with a new one. What I care about is having a place to come share in the misery of defeat or cheer in celebration with like-minded fans. A place where I can discuss the shortcomings of the gameplan or exult in the new innovations (I know I shouldn't have went there).
There are no fans better than Titans fans. Period. There are going to be disagreements and debates. It happens, but please remember that no matter how much you disagree, the person on the other side of that post is also a Titans fan who hopefully wants what is best for the team just like you do. The thing is we all have a different view of what that is. Debate all you want but please stop the bullshit fighting with each other, the juvenile name calling, and realize that just because someone's opinion is different than yours does not give you an excuse or a reason to ridicule that person or treat them like trash.
We are Titans fans. We should be better than that.