Monday, March 10, 2008

Whine Tasting On Caps' Message Boards

v. whined, whin·ing, whines
1. To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
2. To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
3. To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.

While I can only read the words on the Caps' message boards, they do indeed come off as high-pitched, protracted sounds that are painful to my ears.

Is this what Ted Leonis was hoping for when he set out to make the Washington Capitals the most virtually accessible team in sports?

As if it wasn't painful and embarrassing enough to lose two crucial games in the final minutes/seconds of both games, the latter game coming in our own barn against the Penguins who trucked down a ton of fans to fill at least 1/4 of our barn and then promptly have their superstar get the best of our superstar yet again (gasping for air), Caps' message boarders have to go and validate that they are indeed the absolute whiniest fans on the net?

Message to the Caps' message board... stop. Create a game day thread for the Flames game and move on.


anessa said...

Thank you.

dmg said...

I agree - I don't use the Capitals message boards anymore but when I did it was painful. Far too many people who don't appreciate how difficult it is to play, coach or run a team (in the GM sense) in the NHL, thinking they can do it themselves...and frankly, I think, often basing their proposed transaction on what they could do on the PlayStation.

The unfortunate thing is that even if you try to interject some intelligent discussion into it, it just gets beating down. I remember several year ago discussing McPhee's job as GM, giving a rundown of trades and what I thought were good draft picks and asking why he got so much flak. Rather than getting any intelligent responses (such as people explaining why I may have over/undervalued certain players, transaction I may have forgotten, etc) all I got were responses akin to 'if you don't understand why he's a bad GM, you're an idiot and don't knowing anything about hockey' and responses that sarcastically accused me of being related to McPhee.

The Caps message boards have the same problem as most of the internet - it sinks to the level of the dumbest people using the site. All it takes is a few idiots to start calling names or making outrageous & baseless assumptions before everyone is just yelling at one another. It's too bad that it's spilled over to Caps Insider too. Personally I like the On Frozen Blog boards and Japers Rink for intelligent discussion.

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