I hate doing posts like this, but after last night’s shit storm it’s unavoidable.
Listen — there is a time and place for political observations here. Sometimes politics and college sports intersect, usually in a regrettable manner. That’s fair game. And sometimes resorting to a political analogy to make a point is a reasonable thing. (In my opinion, that was the innocent start that set some of you off yesterday.) I’m not going to censor or boot people who want to discuss politics simply because… well, politics.
Unfortunately, for some of you, the introduction of any political topic is an invitation to wallow in the personal and lay in to others for the sin of disagreeing with your politics. I’m guilty of tolerating the bad behavior to some extent because I don’t like intruding on people’s politics, but it’s past the point of getting out of hand. It’s rude and it’s boring.
So here’s the deal. If you can’t read something here that makes a political point without feeling an overwhelming urge to go after another commenter on a personal level, before you begin tickling your keyboard with what you perceive to be a witty response, my suggestion would be for you to step away and take a walk outside, play with the family dog, see what’s for dinner or any number of other things that would lead you to cool off. Because otherwise, if you can’t help yourself, you’ll have to take it somewhere else besides this blog anyway.
There’s going to be enough grumbling over the football program this offseason to keep us occupied. I’m not looking for any more trouble than that. Please respect my wishes and we’ll all be happier for it.
That’s only my first point here. Regrettably, we were visited by someone last night by a first-time commenter who some of you took as a troll and others as a comrade-in-arms. He is neither.
He was banned as soon as I saw what he was posting and had the chance to backtrack to his blog. I want to be clear on one thing here. I’m as big a believer in freedom of speech as you’ll find, but I’m not going to put up with any form of outright bigotry here. Anyone who engages in that in the comments section will suffer the same fate as he did. If you don’t like that, tough. There’s a difference between speech and behavior. I look at the comments section as a place for guests to mingle and converse. I wouldn’t let you show your ass like that if you were at a tailgate or party I was hosting and I don’t see any difference simply because we’re not face to face here.
As for those of you who have a problem comprehending the difference between outright prejudice and a mere political point of view, I don’t know what to say, other than, just damn. Wake up.