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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Blog Decorum

This comment from Bob Curran, an MU fan -

I am getting real sick of these people attacking the team.In my 8 years of watching MU,i've never met a player who wasn't polite and approachable to me,my son and his friends after a game,win or lose.We live and bleed MU blue.
It's very easy to hit someone when they are down...

From me:'s the deal. I am going to get a lot tougher with the posts. Yes, you certainly may criticise and or offer constructive suggestions.

Discuss the game, why they lost (or won), why Calloway should have or shouldn't have done this or that, why a player threw a pass or took a shot (good or bad), etc., the works, but name calling, insults etc., are done.

I have addressed this situation before but, because I am a fan (of professional sports) and easily identify with fan frustrations, I have been too lax, allowed too many posts to run, I probably should have deleted.

I think too many people just like to see if their wise crack comments are published, and then they can tell all their buddies how they ragged on an athlete.

Here's a suggestion. If you want to insult a player - walk up to him on campus and say it to his face - and good luck after that!

Don't hide behind "anonymous" on a blog.

If this policy lowers the page views on the blog so be it. We are not turning this blog into a trash talking (at the players) bin.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog,Lets get behind the TEAM... we are their FANS .......Go Hawks

3:27 PM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Not everyone has always supported Dave Calloway as our coach, but I at least support his discipline.
2. Not everyone makes personal attacks
3. This is a blog, maybe people are finally speaking up against our head coach?
4. These are scholarship players. Their free ride does not come without criticism. Many current students and alumni are paying a great deal of money to attend mu.
5. Despite the consecutive winning seasons talk, mu has lost at least 12 games each year since 2001.
6. MU has a growing base of alumni that has heard year after year about where this program is going. Given this year's results and not having any senior leadership next year, where are we going?
7. Bob, your name means absolutely nothing to me and most others, it's your opinions that we read.
8. Most of us wouldnt be on this blog if we didnt care about this team. You'll always have idiots on a blog, just brush them off and move on.

10:10 PM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Jim said...

I couldn't agree with Bob more!! These are great kids on this team as with the players in the past. They are not losers!!! I've been a season ticketholder for over 14 yrs. I've been thourgh a lot ups & downs. They will get this together & have a great run!!

10:51 PM, January 23, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To No. 2 anonymous. Nice job. Let's review the points:

1. Very fair
2. Correct
3. You want to speak up against Dave? No problem. No reasonable comments will be deleted.
4. Criticism of players is's the mindless personal insults that will not be tolerated on this blog.
5. Remember.. the loss total is often the result of a usually difficult to very demanding non-conference schedule.

Put together a non-conference schedule like some NEC teams and and in some seasons the loss total would be cut in half.

6. As one who attends many team's how I see the lineup for next year - at this moment:

The guards are set and will, presumably, be the strength of the team in various rotations. From what I hear of PG James Hett do not rule out him seeing some playing time.

Don't forget Yaniv Simpson.. will be a 22-year old 6-3 sophomore maybe a swing unknown quantity really. When healthy he can shoot. In the gym in Sept-Oct. I thought he had sailed past Nunner in the rotation.

C - Adam Dobriansky, 6-10 red shirt freshman next year. Has some skill, not very athletic. Has a ways to go.

F - Rickie Crews (yes, I'm counting him in for now). Very athletic, 6-7 forward can play at the rim, has been set back for this year as we all know.
But, could be very good player next year (they hope maybe he can help this year, too).

Others - Dutch Gaitley, next year 6-9 RS freshman, Shawn Barlow, 6-10 RS soph next year, both are question marks.

Nick Deltufo 6-7 true freshman next year..have never seen him..Is not expected to be an impact player right away..maybe eventually another role player.

Two scholarships left.

On paper, right now, outlook not great for 2007-2008, that's for sure.

Then again, this year looked like a winning one.

I know this..Dave will be in year two of a four year contract so - like him or not, he's going to be the coach.

And Marilyn McNeil will probably never fire him on her own if that's what you're looking for, unless things really crumble over the next few years - and I'm talking Iona type seasons.

It amazes me how some snicker at the six winning seasons in a row - all with 6-7 losses built in before the seasons even started. Exactly what has he done wrong? Not gone to the NCAAS every year?

I was a big critic of Dave back after Szoke left, but it seems to me he's done a pretty darn good job and maybe deserves a little slack, in my opinion.

Point 7 - At least Bob identifies himself, not that it's required or sought.

Point 8 - I, for one, am glad to see there's so much passion for this team.

And yes, we will be brushing the idiots aside.

10:54 PM, January 23, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

I really don't want to think about next year but we really need to explore the JUCO arena for a 4 and 5.If people think we're a perimeter team now,wait until next year.

10:24 AM, January 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Im not sure what your background is or how much you know, but its not so easy to bring in a JUCO 4 or 5 to a program like MU, especially one void of excess baggage. Many times kids go to JUCO's for a reason, i.e grades or "other reasons". MU has been lucky to get a guy like Rahsaan Johnson or Crosy from the JUCOranks, but most often they come with other issues. This is a tough balance to consider. Wouldnt you agree Tony?

11:43 AM, January 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

JUCOS can be iffy propositions, that is correct.

11:48 AM, January 24, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

I totally understand that JUCO'S can be iffy propositions.Hey,we're three for three with Crosby,Rahsaan and Wilson.I just don't want to see Whitney,Ship and Youngblood(3 great guards)have no supporting cast.On the plus side,the NEC is one of the few leagues where you can get away with no size.Que Sera,Sera....I guess i'm just hitting the panic button.

8:02 PM, January 24, 2007  

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