I guess that's where we're different and it's really ok.
you guys are 'the cools'.Exactly what do you mean by 'this'???
Alex, i am NOT spanish, I am NOT in love with rafa...he is nice though
MT, I agree that a lot of our old guys have left, I miss their presence too, but this has only resulted in people like us posting lesser and lesser. That's not good for the forum.
I don't understand what you mean.
Personally, I think some 'tennis' fans choose not to participate because of the incessant chattering and bickering of some fanboys. With only a limited amount of time to check in here, I personally don't like having to wade through seemingly endless posts and threads by fanboys in search of interesting content. As I stated before, I prefer quality over quantity.
But hey, that's just me.
I like quality but I also like a lot of passion in posts even at the expense of quality.
This means if someone says their player will destroy so and so, I like that even if it's pure fanboyism at work.
Then I can get where the poster is really coming from and what he feels about a player.
Things can get heated as many have a lot of feelings invested in a player, but this is important to have these kind of posts.
Posters can then have high or lows and not some straightjacket placed on their posting, it kills the passion.
Look at the fanboys of old, the posts where at an all time high, the main poster got banned and the posts dropped off the map. It was boring to say the least since and people left in droves.
But that's just how I see it from this side of the keyboard.
1. I never sacrifice quality for quantity.
2. To me, as a tennis fan (as opposed to a fanboy), it's not constructive discussion (or even fun) to have repetitive 'passionate' posts/threads.
3. The only members I noticed leaving were fellow fanboys & girls who only participated in the mindless chatter.
It's fine if y'all like that stuff.
Just not my cup of tea.
Tedious to wade through the turds to find the diamonds.
Nole is Da Bess.
This be madd interesting yo's. I started watching tennis after I started playing tennis for a year, so I was always itneresting in watching the game to learn and enjoyed all the technicalities and matchups etc. And I joined this forum for the videos section and I watched the videos to learn and learn I did, I played a lot and learned a lot and I loved the game. I was also probably a lot more neutral back then.
But over the past two years a combination of things have happened. The first tennis match I ever watched live was the 2005 USO final between Federer and Agassi. Needless to say, I liked the way Federer played, didn't hurt that there's a LOT to learn from him and he's about the best there is if you want to watch clean tennis. I learnt my one handed backhand from him, my service motion, and probably a little of my forehadn as well. Naturally I enjoyed watching certain players. I wasn't a Federer fanatic and often watched with even and often more support even against Federer for guys like Blake, Ancic, Baghdatis, Nalbandian and Roddick. Then I started to play less and less. Then there was a rough patch of over dramatic fan-boys here who just pissed me off to no end and for the most part they were anti-Federer, and I consciously and unconsciouly started defending Federer more and more to the point where I am probably easily one of the Federer fanatics on the board. So playing less and being on the boards kinda molded me into fan-boy mode.
And you know what, I like Federer. It doesn't hurt that his game is still very enjoyable, relatable for me, the times are more interesting now than they have ever been because he's no longer just strolling through the garden (i am not like Dallas in this way) and it has only made me a bigger fan and have more of an emotional connection to the game and Federer in particular that he struggles now, he has problems, he has to fight, he shows emotions, there's ups and downs.. hey it's like Indian Cricket all over again - I am sure there are American sports analogies as well. And yeah.
But still, I enjoy watching any two players play to see the beauty of tennis. I can enjoy the game regardless of who's playing and I don't need to bash and put down every player who plays against my favourite players, and I have plenty of players I enjoy watching and my respect for the game has only gone up.
And do I need to mention that I am itching to get back on the court and prove to myself that I am still a tennis player and not just an ex-player-current-fanboy?
All in all, I like Swish's viewpoint. Much like swish himself, I like the fact that he likes Del Potro, he is a fan of Del Potro and supports him and is interested in his success but doesn't make him any less a quality poster or knowledgeable poster than someone like yourself, Monster, who don't necessarily subscribe to particular players.
again, interesting topic and made me think about the changes I have gone through over the years.