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First, not everyone thinks thay can be a doctor, an attorney, a CPA, a dentist, etc., but almost everyone thinks they can coach and most of the time better than the actual coach. These experts have not seen what has happened at practice, who might be injury or mentally limited, scheme and matchup problems, etc. Also, many think they know how to recruit, why we should take player A instead of player B, when they have no inkling what has gone on in the evaluation process. I am a retired former basketball coach and frequently after a game, an attorney who had a daughter on the team would come up and give me his advice. Finally, I told him I was going to take a personal day the next day and come to his office and advise him on some of his cases. He quit offering his opinion after that. But back to the original question, what makes so many think they are experts?
Second question-Why don't posters just shut up and wait until a game is over before ranting about a coach, team, individual players, style of play, etc. So many times, in several sports, bama has come back to win. Don't there folks realize their ctiticism before it is over makes them look idiotic? And I guess that the second question is actually related to my first one. Your opinions please, and please show your Bama class and keep it civil. Thanks.
Pre requisite for membership to this site is to be a semi pro football scout. Didn't you know that? (g)
This post was edited by shawnboy 15 months ago
Never Gets Old
Overall this message board is here to discuss coaching and other things. Even though I know our coaches are better then me, I don't have any problem offering an opinion on something I might question whether it be about a game, depth chart, recruiting or whatever.
And #2, when watching a game do you sit in total silence? I didn't think so. You cheer, you complain, you make comments. That is what people do on this board. That is why Walsh sets up a game thread.
Look, I don't do the whole "fire this coach" during a game. Think that is stupid. But what is the problem with making comments or pointing out when we do something horrible in a game? If we didn't BOL would be pretty dull.
You speak the truth
Most of us on here have a good knowledge of sports (mainly football) and sometimes it is hard to see what a coach sees in a prospect because we dont have first hand experience with them.
We will all give our opinions on prospect A or B, but mainly we know Saban is making the choice from a team perspective. Sometimes we want to have all the stars and blah, but at the end of the day its about winning.
But back to basketball, i never said fire Anthony Grant. I never thought we were terrible, and i never thought we were amazing. We are a football school who can pull some good talent sometimes in basketball, we are doing above average than what i thought. And everyone knows we need to get some better talent on the inside, and some more pure shooters. This is obvious. Somethings are easier said than done, but Anthony Grant knows more than all of us about this team, and about prospects than you or anyone else does.
I agree and for the record I used to post during games many years ago but then I realized I wasn't enjoying the game experience like it was meant to be. If anyone in here posts in the "in game" threads please do yourself a favor and turn off the computer or phone for the 3.5 hours of the game. I swear you will enjoy it so much more AND whatever idiotic comments you make in the heat of the moment won't be in writing, ;).
We all can sleep at a Holiday Inn Express....
Agree with a whole lot the op states. Over time just realized just as how in everyday life we all have so many different personalities and thoughts...its the same with sports. I tend to always see the positive in things first. Some see the opposite. The one thing that does drive me nuts is the anger and hate during games when things aren't going perfect. It's almost funny, but its not. (g)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BB2One 15 months ago
Excellent questions and I have both answers for you:
#1: Passionate, excited fans who love a team with all their heart & soul are very excited and want to offer unsolicited advice to ever aspect of the program. Their rush to emotion removes all cold, rational thinking from the situation.
Bolden1983 is a great example of this. Probably a nice guy who loved bama but just all over the place.
#2: 99% of the time these are the youngsters of the board. Often times they are students themselves. They have very little first hand experience ( if any) in football let along in the game of life. So their rational comes from a very limited ( 18-22 years) of life experience.
A good example of this was during the First Q of the VaTech game 2009 someone posted " NO WAY this defense is as good as 92"!!!!" We all know that turned out to be false.
This post was edited by Devon97 15 months ago
Well, for 1 thing, I played football for 13 years of my life. I've never played doctor, CPA, attorney, or dentist. Does this mean I'm an expert? Absolutely not. However, it does mean I understand the inner workings of the game and have a level of expertise that backs up some of my rants. That said, I agree that those who post "fire" during a game are off base.
I think people are more likely to have stronger opinions when others' work is very visible and there is a strong passion.
I was the Varsity Ice Hockey coach for a local High school in the DC Area. I would have a parents night before the practice started at the beginning of every year. I had a video from when I played in the Minors years ago and the whole video showed 2 hours of training snipets of things we did daily. I would fast forward to each section, show a few minutes then on to the next section. I would point out that they needed to notice that there were no coaches in the video and this was up to us to do on our own time away from school/work and practice.
I then asked at the end if they believed their kids would take it on them selves to get up at 4:30 every morning, work out, go to school, come home, do home work, train again, then practice and do it on their own. If not, then there kids are not getting drafted when they are 18, not getting offers from Maine, BC, of Michigan.
After that, I never had issues with parents worried about little Johnny's ice time or that the teams style didn't showcase their Kids talent enough.
Crimsonbleeder "If Trent doesn't go pro this year I will eat my car tires"
I don't think anyone on here claims to be a doctor, but if a doctor does something stupid, you're gonna let him know about it.
This is not directed at one person or group, or even one sport, but one of the things that drives me nuts is when someone asks me why a player isn't getting more playing time. It automatically implies that the person in question is better than the one who is playing/starting etc., and that the coach doesn't know what he's doing.
Additionally, if I give the reason why the player isn't on the field more he looks bad, which doesn't do anyone any good.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Chris, in your opinion, why didn't Marvin Shinn get more playing time?
This post was edited by delrod03 15 months ago
People are passionate about sports and generally are not passionate about medicine, law, accounting, etc.
Politics is another area where people openly display their passion even though it is not their profession.
I imagine that a lot of people that post during the game are watching the game alone and simply want to share their excitement or frustration with someone.
In the end, the passion is what makes sports so exciting even if we take it too far at times.
Or Duron Carter? Heard so much about him so thought he would play more than he did. (Vbg)
This post was edited by strykertidester 15 months ago
Also to be honest, we are spoiled by Bama's success so we demand perfection on every play. If it doesn't happen, we either blame the player or the OC/DC or ST coach involved. The demand for perfection to win and dominate is engrained in our culture as Bama fans, which is why UA is a perfect fit for CNS and his staff.
Like Duran Duran?
You do realize it's 2013 and Nick Saban is our head coach? It's not 2004 mike Shula!!!
To answer your question(s) not many on the board watches surgeries, courtroom sessions or thinks they could do it better. I would venture to guess that everyone on this board has a "decent" knowledge of football and has watched 100s if not 1000s of games giving the the impression they can coach.
With that being said, look at the posters, all message boards have idiots and there is nothing that can be done.
You will never, ever, ever see me on this board during a game, I have a life and friends and like Beer and football too dang much to sit on here bitching, conversing and cheering with any of the yo yo's on this site during games!
Disclaimer: I realize we have service members and others who can't watch the game. The above is not directed at you!
With all of that being said we should have ran the damn ball against Texas AM...-grin-
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