Many of you know me - some of you don't. I am an occassional moderator of your Saturday gameday chats on this site. Today, I moderated the Michigan State chat, along with a colleague.
A brief sampling of comments I received towards the end of the chat:
"Steve Threet should have his scholarship revoked."
"I wish John Thompson was hit by a truck."
"I wish Stevie Brown's crackhead mom never had him."
This is a harsh, but somewhat representative sample of the bile submitted as "commentary" at the end of the game. Roughly 80% of the comments received towards the end were ad hominem attacks on players and coaches. I declined to post them at the time, but thought better - those who participated in this shit should be embarrassed.
I am completely sick of people calling out our players as "sucking", or anything. Threet is a redshirt Freshman in his 4th offense in 3 years. If not for extraordinary circumstances, he would not be relied on at this point. He has an injured elbow. DESPITE this, he continues to play, continues to throw, refuses to slide, drops his shoulder for additional yards, and FINISHES his fucking runs.
Stevie Brown scrapes his ass off the field, with the screams of thousands screaming how shitty he is, and forces AND recovers a fucking fumble - gift-wrapping 7 points for Michigan. Despite all the negativity, the kid kept his head, and executed at his next opportunity.
They suit up, in the Maize and Blue, and, like their teammates, bust their asses 7 days a week to perform as well as they possibly can on the field. You think this shit is disappointing for you? It's disappointing to you, sitting in the stands with a coke in your hands? Or on your couch with a beer and a laptop? How fucking disappointing do you think it is for the kids who bust their ass, 7 days a week, on the fucking field?
This is INFINITELY easier for us, as spectators than it is for them, as players. Reasonable criticism is one thing, ad hominem insults are another.
There are many that will greet the following with "thank god!" or "good riddance!" - and I won't say it's completely unwarranted - I've been a dick at times on these pages. But, I'll never moderate a chat again - it degrades my opinion of my fellow alumni and fans.
We like to say we're "The Leaders and Best". Maybe we should fucking act like it.