Another Counter-Programmer's Blog
So many things to blog about, so little time. I wanted to write an article defending Sammy Sosa, but it'll have to wait. I wanted to expand upon my opinion that Lou Piniella isn't helping this team, but there's no time for that just now. Instead, I will have to regrettably talk about one of our Cubs blogging neighbors, Another Cubs Blog.
Here's the short end of it: they don't like Rob.
Actually, based on what I've seen of their work, they don't really like much of anybody. I'd say that a tremendous amount of their content is driven by shouting down the opinions of other blogs they don't agree with. Be it Al Yellon, or Rob, or pretty much anything, ACB seems to not be content driven so much as they are counter-program driven.
The only problem is that it gets old. I'm sorry, but is it really a big accomplishment to produce content that seems to almost exclusively be anti-everybody? How is that compelling? And it's not even like they do it well.
It's as if they want to be the Thought Police. I don't regularly read their washed-out, want-ads-looking blog but when I do, usually what they seem to harp on is how certain kinds of fans should not be allowed to exist. As if theirs is a superior fan or something -- and I'm sorry, Dave, Maddog, MB21, whatever you want to call yourself -- there is nothing superior about being a borderline illiterate douchebag with reading comprehension issues.
On a number of occasions, we've butted heads with Dave while trying to remain cordial. Which didn't stop him losing his mind when I tried to make him a friendly bet regarding the '09 play of Mark DeRosa and Mike Fontenot, which he tried to turn into a $1,000 bet about the '09 play of Mark DeRosa and Adam Dunn. He seems to flip between this bipolar point of view that we (GROTA) are either non-comprehensible or we're good, minus the continued existence of Rob (which doesn't stop his hangers-on from taking pissy little shots at this blog whenever we are linked over there).
Not to mention that if I have the gall to show support for Rob -- or any of the writers at GROTA -- Dave's response tends to be "how dare you defend something I criticize!" As if it's against some kind of bizarre internet rule to have a defensible point of view.
Anyway, Dave, my message to you is this: you're doing it wrong. Just "it" in general -- y'know, life. Existence. I'm sorry, I mean no offense but anybody whose rhetoric leaves the Bad News Cubs statfag douchebag with a sense of vindication has to be a total flipping moron. Maybe -- instead of shouting down contrary opinions to your own -- you should spend less time reading writers you can't stand and more time developing original thoughts. (It's just an idea to explore, don't get mad)
People expressing contrary opinions is not a bad thing. People getting so violently upset about contrary opinions that they suggest suicide to the opinion-makers, however, is not a good thing.
Of course, you're welcome to your opinion. I'm sure you'll be expressing it later today. I can only promise you that whether you express that opinion incoherently on your blog, or in an EMail to me, or even as a comment here on GROTA, I will not be reading it. You know how you sometimes say that you will no longer be reading this blog or that blog because they're so idiotic? Congratulations, your Counter-Programming Blog has reached that level with me -- and unlike you, I actually enjoy not reading things that I find to be completely devoid of compelling content. Which means that, if I am lucky, Dave, I will never have to read something you write ever again.
In the meantime, while you are busy playing the Thought Police, I can't help but note that while you are not Rob's biggest fan, you will probably remain his most ardent reader. Thanks for that, we appreciate the links.