I am a football guy… I love it, and I really like the fact that 95% of Track em Tigers post are about football. But, I am going to use my "editorial powers" to do something that I never thought I would do. I am sure it is because of the "off season" and it may get me removed from my "editorial duties" all together, but I hope not.
I do not know how many SB Nation sites you folks visit. I only look at a few (Team Speed Kills, Dawg Sports, and the Valley Shook, and lastly RollBamaRoll). I will be the first to admit, that while I look at the sites, I do not frequent any of them, I go just to check out the latest. I tend to only check out the
Now to the heart of the matter, RollBamaRoll (RBR) has gotten to me. It pains me to say that I let anything
In a fan post on RBR about "Operation Red Dog," I lost my cool. I hopefully did not show it too badly. I want to apologize to my readers here on TET if they might have read it, and I am definitely not trying in increase traffic on RBR. It was nothing big, but it shows that I have a differing opinion on rumors, and how the press (including us bloggers) handles them.
A bit of back-story, I went over to the site to see the compilation that was put up regarding the rumors of Auburn fans drumming up crap and trying to pin NCAA Violations on
"I have heard bits and pieces of this, but you guys have covered it well. I am calling BS, but I am sure that most
AuburnPeople would. If it were you guys I am sure you would feel the same. If it comes out that this is real, I am sure most Auburn People will be ashamed, and want to kick the people behind these actions in the a$$.
Thanks for wrapping this up in a nutshell, but like most things NCAA infractions related, I doubt this is real."
During that small exchange (I only posted 4 or 5 times) it always came back to a couple of members and authors ripping away on Jay or WEA. I will not go so far as to post all of that crap, but it is obvious that some of the folks at on that site think that TET drums up any dirt, no matter the source and posts it here. The exchange also got me thinking about "fans" and cross SB Nation posting. I like the fact that anyone can join any fan site. I also like the fact that rivals can talk a little smack should they want to, but bashing someone for reading a story, posting about how they liked the coverage of the event, and then giving their opinion? I don’t get it.
I do not expect all Auburn fans to act alike, or Alabama fan to for that matter. But what happened to the decent fans. Maybe I am blowing this out of proportion but maybe we at TET can at the very least take an active role in being better fans. We all have fans that we wish we did not have. You the ones I am talking about. But in my case, I was trying to read and comment as a fan, but I guess some folks cannot take a "Barner" being a good "fan" and posting on "their" site without a beat down or bashing of our editors. I say enough… they can say or do whatever they want. They can hate me because I am an Auburn Fan if they want to, I am over it… but all the WEA and Jay bashing is just sad.
Could it be that Bama Fans have developed a complex? Could it be because they seem to get into trouble more than any other school? Is it because they were so good for so long and had to endure the falling of the program? Or is it because they were "back" for the third time in the last five or so years and they have some penned up frustrations. I guess my
For the folks who frequent the site in question, have fun over there… I am not interested. If I want to see to all the Bama propaganda, I will open up the Birmingham News. Who knows, maybe I will pop in Iron Bowl time. I always like the banter back and forth that week. Even if we are supposed to and do get blown out.
War Damn Eagle