ScalpEm.com Reader Mailbag (Sorta) Volume 1
Posted by William Kristoph
Ed posted a great comment earlier and I wanted to make a post out of it, so even though it wasn’t emailed to me, let’s call this Volume 1 of the ScalpEm.com Reader Mailbag. If you have something you’d like me to answer in a post… send me an email and I might include it in a future post on the site.
Nole CC, off subject but would you agree that Gator Envy is out of control? Warchant is flooded with threads hoping they lose the WCWS and last weekend praying Miami would beat their baseball team. I wish we could focus on our team, on a Seminole site, all those threads just make Seminole Nation as a whole look bad. Just my 2 cents.
Ed, you bring up a timely topic. Yesterday the guys over at Tomahawk Nation addressed this in one fashion, commenting on some Facebook comments made that didn’t agree with TN’s coverage of the Gators. I agree that plenty of the Seminole message boards out there are obsessed with “Gator Nation” lately, and there seems to be a lot of Gator Envy / Hate / Talk about them and not our own beloved Noles out there. There are a lot of points to hit here, but I’ll try to keep it relatively short.
- In regards to coverage of Gator mishaps, arrests, etc. I don’t do it here, but not because I disagree with it or hate it. I just don’t personally care about most of it, since my theory is that every program has plenty of problems. Do I think the media likes to cover FSU’s more than UF’s? Yes. Do I care? Not really. I’m used to it by now. Every blog has its niche. I personally believe a site like Saurian Sagacity is better when they are being smart, rather than their one blogger that just likes to tear up Seminoles, but on the flip side it’s a rivalry and there are people that want to take that angle. In addition to that, I grew out of my colliegate arguing for argument’s sake when it comes to sports rivalries. I don’t want to waste my breath arguing with a Gator that isn’t going to change their mind any time soon.
- Message boards are like the tabloids. They’re useful in once sense and occasionally break a story, but in another sense they just create mass hysteria. Case in point; the multiple threads out there rooting for Miami over UF in the baseball regional or rooting against UF in the WCWS. Sure I root against them, but I’m actually a softball fan. How many of those posters actually give a crap about softball? When you’re busy letting your hatred extend to sports you normally don’t follow just for hate’s sake, then I think the Gator obssession goes a bit far.
- Does it make Seminole fans look bad? It’s a good point, but I’m not sure whether it does or not. The problem with the internet is that it’s one giant fast moving watercooler. All of this talk used to go on inside the office between 3-4 people. Now it goes on amongst 300-400 at a time. Everything is magnified and moves at 10x the speed that it did years ago. Is it worse than before? I don’t think so, I think it’s just more visible. Anybody can go out there now, post their opinion and thousands of people can read it. I like that, but it does make mass negativity (or overly rosey glasses) more possible.
- Does Gator Envy actually exist? I think there is a good bit of envy at this point, but it’s not the Gators’ fault. UF athletics are in the middle of a great run from top to bottom. I see no way to argue out of that, unless the Noles hand UF their butts a few times. On top of that, football is the driver of the rivalry and right now FSU can’t compete with UF. Are Gator fans arrogant? Sure some of them are, but so are some Seminole fans. Do they talk more crap? Probably for now since they’re winning. The Florida Gators currently have a premiere athletic program, but don’t forget that not so long ago FSU dominated the state along with Miami. These things tend to ebb and flow.
So what do you think readers? Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Is there more Gator Envy now? Is it a bad thing? Should everyone just focus on the Noles? Leave some comments!