Apologies, because this originally was written to be a reply, but I felt it deserved its own thread… this was in response to someone questioning my statement that “with fans like us, who needs detractors”…
It’s pretty much the whole temperature of the board.
We get on our team for not being able to handle any sliver of success, but as a fanbase, we’re not only terrified of it, we hate the idea of it.
I was bored for a while yesterday so I wandered around some team boards for both the A10 and some other schools… aside from the historically awful programs and the few that are having awful seasons; we by far have the most negative view of our team, our season, and our program in general. It’s fairly comical if you’re into that sort of thing.
It’s not about whether or not 18 wins is enough to hang your hat on - it’s stuff like a dead board (this board is absolutely dead given the season we’re having), and the fanbase’s refusal as a whole to consider the possibility of success such as a conference title. We have more people counting losses and ways that we will fail than we have excited about the prospect of winning.
Count me out. I guess I made a conscious decision that I’m not going to suffer through the season awash in pessimism and negativity. This team won’t win them all, but I like them. Exactly 3 out of every 4 times they’ve taken the floor this season, they’ve won, and sometimes in dramatic fashion. I’m gonna try my darndest to enjoy that, sourpussed pessimist fans be damned.
Some days, our board reads like it’s another program trying to put us down. “Mid Major” “can’t win” “don’t deserve to get in with 22 wins”… yawn. No thanks.
I’m sure i’ll get knee jerk responses about losing by 82,497 points (the number goes up everytime), etc, or that we just lost a game. s*** happens. Even Kansas has a loss. Temple got absolutely abused by Kansas but no one talks about it. Xavier got drilled by Dayton the same way we did, but then went on the road and beat Florida. But more important than that, their fans are enjoying the ride. Our fans are like that guy who waits in line for 2 hours to ride the roller coaster and then bitches about every kink in the track. Why bother?