Yesterday’s chat was so much fun. Thanks to all who chatted and those who lurked. Chris and I will do it again next week, on Sept. 1 from 1-2 p.m. We also gave away a VarsityKansas.com T-shirt to one lucky winner. He’s already e-mailed me, and I’ll get it in the mail today.
Don’t forget to find your favorite sports’ blog post and talk about your team and opponents. It’s always interesting to me which sports get the most commenters, and right now it’s soccer and girls tennis. Fascinating.
Remember, this is open discussion, so you can bring up any topic you want to touch on. My topics are merely meant to be conversation starters.
My thought for today is haters.
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Certainly, they are everywhere. There are those who think I’m a hater because I predict one team to win over another (thus I’m a hater of the team I predict to lose) or because I delete comments that are pretty awful.
To me, haters are those who are constantly dogging anyone and everyone. There was a time in the early years of this blog that anytime I did a feature on someone, a group of people dogged that person for being too cocky or too, whatever.
It seems, though, that no matter who you focus on, since someone is always left out — because we don’t mention every single player in the program — that the haters appear and feel it’s necessary to point out negatives about that person or persons.
Think about all the haters regarding Arthur and Bryce Brown. They have waffled in their decisions, no doubt, but they were good students who weren’t involved in a lot of nasty stuff we often see the top caliber athletes into. I credit them and their family for that. Yet the haters were out in force about them. Still are.
The haters tried to come out last year in regards to Blake Bell, but that died off pretty quickly. There wasn’t much negative to say about him, other than we wrote about him a lot. (My response to that is, we want to write about the best. That’s who people are most interested in. It seems a little silly to ignore the players who not only are the best in the area but some of the best in the country. If you disagree there, I’d love to hear your reasons.)
What makes a hater? Why