Editor's Note - I've been wanting to write something like this for awhile, but knowing I had written on this subject before I was hoping the community would take it upon itself. We are 6 weeks in to the season now, can we focus on our football team? Respect is taken, not given, and the Broncos, with each win, take more and more. All I can say is, please think twice - don't confuse the comments of other teams' fans with that of the national media. What do you expect a fan to say? Stay classy, MHR - sometimes it is better to take the high road. - Guru
This season means a lot to many Broncos fans, partly because we all remember how bad last year was (at .500, aren't we needy), and partly because the MSM was saying we'd do even worse this year. Hands down, MHR is THE best place to get intellectual evaluation of the Broncos' upcoming games and recent moves. Arguably this is due in no small amount to the mainstream blatantly ignoring what many loyal fans were saying all along. With no place in the MSM for Bronco fans to turn for even a balanced evaluation of the goings on in Dove Valley, I'm sure the MHR community has grown immensely in recent months.
With emotions running high all throughout Broncos Country, it's no surprise that there would be slips in temperament. Many of the other teams' fan bases have bought into the reports that "the Broncos are a 4-12 team," or that "5-0 is a fluke, they'll return to earth soon," and so they have most likely been talking more trash about upcoming games than in past years. (to be honest I don't know, first year on SBN) And with the Jay Cutler trade, even teams that have almost nothing to do with the Broncos have some mud to fling. I can see some indignation from almost all of the MHR posters, and of course I can understand some smack talk being posted in MHR, and even the occasional post on another fan site. That said, I don't understand why so many people have been posting inflammatory statements on other sites.
I was very impressed with the way the cross-talk with PP was directed, and even with Faider Nation; I felt that most of us conducted ourselves in a much better way than they did(big surprise). However, why have so many of the posters on MHR felt the need to troll other sites, and rub salt on every wound? Isn't it enough to be right, and know that you will probably be more right than they are in future? I think that the vindication from a Broncos win is vindication enough. I'm of the opinion that MHR is one of the best fan forums out there, but I have been very disappointed in some people's conduct. The Bears probably got the raw end of the deal, but why stick it in their faces? The Faider fans were ignorantly confident, but doesn't the Sunday smackdown speak for itself? Setting aside the fact that none of the gloaters were on the grass contributing to the win, it's just not a graceful way to show your support for the team.
Now I understand that it's by far the minority of us that are making these posts, but it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the bushel. When the press was declaring the failures of the new coaching staff, didn't we all wish they would reserve judgment until things played out further? When every team's fans started tooting the "Immaculate Deflection" horn, didn't we all just want them to focus on THEIR team? When things go well for us, and bad for our rivals, why can't we just drink the fact that we knew better than the media? Can't we just accept that things can go well or badly, but a true fan is always there? Why would it be different for any other fan base? I don't think that the joy (if that's what it is) that you get from laughing at the WCG denial compares to the satisfaction of knowing that you've conducted yourself better than Faider nation. With the Broncos heading into a great season, let's just enjoy the success of our beloved, and keep the smack talk here in MHR. After all, wouldn't you rather have an exchange with us than some stupid SD fans? (no disrespect to obviousman) Let's just drink our Kool-Aid quietly and revel in our knowledge that no matter how badly things go, we knew better than they did. (just had to get this off my chest, we should be better than this. Sorry if this post really bothers someone or if I'm totally off base, only second post, please forgive)