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03-21-2012, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Ometheus View Post
The Hypocrisy

I've noticed recently that the majority of the fanbase are blatant hypocrites.

I say this because the MLSE fanbase (from here on, referred to as 'we', because I am apart of all of you) call out the athletes-the competitors- for savagely crumbling when the going gets tough...

Yet we, as observers, cannot even bear to watch it without breaking down into a giant pile full of sadistic turmoil. We break apart and start bickering with each other, and lose both our drive and unity as a fanbase. Twist it into something harmful. We fracture like a window into broken glass.

Gather our skirts and take the hits like men

All the commentary--the media--the chants--the I-know-better-improvement rants; they have all only built up our sense of entitlement and suffocated both our team's confidence and drive.

In this atmosphere, we know for certain the media and commentary gets back to the players-- in one form or another. We're doing damage in our collapse as a fanbase. We have a habit to complain and hate for better or worse. Toughen up as fans, and try to cheer for better or worse.

If we want the team, the organization, to straighten their backs and fight with a fire, maybe we should light that fire under them--NO! not with our critic-hate-ridden complaints. With fiery support and the will to push the team forward.

How about when our champ is knocked down onto the mat, we not heckle and mock them for falling. We cheer and support them, encouraging them to stand back up and embolden their hearts.

A million people baying for blood can shrink you. A million people calling out support can motivate you to win.

That's what we want, right?

To win.

The problem is that so many of the LOUDER posters here are of the "what have you done for me lately", "the grass is always greener" and "with my 20/20 hindsight goggles on, I can clearly see..." variety.

I do have to applaud at the new and creative ways people can find to bring up the Kessel trade though.

Only here is a 24 year old in the top 4 of NHL scoring NOT elite. I'll admit he's not a "Franchise" player, but neither is ANY player we gave up for him - and there is no guarantee ANY of them will be. (Except, of course, "the grass is always greener" - so to some they are unable to look at it objectively)

Only here can people go on and on and on about tanking, top 5 picks, etc - yet still have no patience or understanding of what is a players natural development & learning curve. The same people wanting nothing but 1st round picks will then rip the latest player in his sophmore slump.

Only here do people want the GM Fired because he said he'd be back in a minute but really took 3.5 mutes to return.

Burke acquired assets - some have worked out, some haven't. None are on long term deals and are completely immovable. There have been a lot of good pieces put in place, and the timeline I've always had is next year - so far I can see a lot of reasons to think we'll end up being a consitently competitive team. There is a natural growth period when you build an organization from top to bottom, and while I'll be the first to admit I was hoping for playoffs this year and I'm sure Burke will be the first to admit it's taking longer than hoped - the signs of progress are there for anyone with half an ounce of hockey knowledge to see if they could only look past the one or two things they didn't like.

You can bump my posts any time you want. I see this team being in a position to make a significant jump in the standing next year. It's coming together - and while you can say the standings don't show that - I'd also say that if we won 3 or 4 games more out of 82, we'd be in the thick of the playoff hunt - that's the margin we're looking at. It's a small spectrum, but the pieces are being placed to make the jump from young and growing to competitive.

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