portisfan24 wrote:OK, I totally appreciate free discussion in the forums, but I think you should refrain from calling the Patriots classless in the barometer. It is not a universal opinion, and it gives the impression to outsiders that the entire cafe backs that opinion. Frankly I think it looks unprofessional.
The whole cafe doesn't think Brad Childress should be fired yet I've put that in the Barometer a couple of times. I call the Bengals defenseless and they aren't the worst defense in the league. Maybe it was a bit of a low blow. However, when it is a weekly topic on ESPN and even former players like Steve Young are ashamed that we can't talk about how good the Patriots are because of what they are doing... you know that there is something rotten in state of Denmark. Steve Young last week said that it's sad state of affairs that we can't appreciate how truly good this team is because of what they are doing. (paraphrasing of course because it was on tv and I can't remember the quote verbatim) I spent 7 Barometer articles praising the Pats, saying they will probably go undefeated. Their team is truly amazing this year. Which is also a weekly discussion on ESPN. I can't sit back and ignore the other aspect of what they are doing on Sundays just so Patriots fans don't get offended. Why should I censor my writing to keep Patriots fans happy and not give a sentence or two about something that sports analysts are talking about and is a common discussion topic in the forums?
I read critical articles on other websites like CBSSportsline and Sporting News etc... If I disagree with something they say, I view it as the guy whose name is in the byline. That is why we make jokes about people like Funston, not typically the site the article is from. The name on the article is the guy that gets the heat. Bring it. I sincerely doubt that very many cafe outsiders are sitting reading that article thinking, "the Cafe is anti-Patriot." Truth is I'm not. I was a huge Patriots fan when they had Bledsoe/Glenn/Martin. I'm not as big anymore, I cheered for them in those 1st couple Superbowls. I just can't respect what they are doing right now. It was 38-0 at the end of the 3rd and Brady stayed in that game. Continuing to pass the ball instead of running out the clock. If it's 38-0 at that point, you sit your starters. If the Redskins score a couple touchdowns, put the starters back in and hold the lead. You don't continue to pile on.
The only possible problem with that statement, is that it might detract a Pats fan from joining our little community. For that, maybe I shouldn't be so harsh. As for being unprofessional? I'm not writing a news article here. There is no reason for me to write without bias or try to censor myself to make sure everyone is happy. That would lead to a very boring Barometer. I actually think that I don't add enough personality and opinions to it.
I actually wasn't given a guideline for how to write it and what crosses what lines. Maybe I have been doing it wrong for weeks. I guess maybe from now on I'll just try to post something positive and unfunny about every team.