The spawning of Internet fan message boards ushered in breakthroughs in communications for sports fans whichÂ could never have been imagined a decade ago. Like all evolving media tools, however, the positive is often challenged by the negative.
Louisville currently has two primary fan message outlets, the local extensions of the Rivals and Scout networks. They are great sources for news, discussion, speculation and second-guessing about University of Louisville athletics — so important to many people, young and old, in the community.
The visitors to these sites have more in common than differences. Yet there’s an unhealthy undercurrent that exists, with a number of posters on one site acting as if the operators and visitors to the other site are analogous to fans of an arch rival. You know, making the kind of comments that angry young men often make, blatant stuff, thankfully and mercifully filtered for the crappiest of language.
One might interpret that an improvement from the recent past when fans who dared to be supportive or attempting to be objective about the former person coaching U of L football were labeled as “Kragthorpe apologists.” Fans berating fellow fans, page after page, day after day.
But that would be wrong. Steve Kragthorpe is simply gone. Attention turns elsewhere.
These are likely the same ones who like to cast older fans against younger fans, or people who insist on standing throughout a game versus fans who stand up only when a game is on the line. Some have to prove they’re better fans, more knowledgeable, more supportive, but in reality making themselves more obnoxious, than other fans.
Unfortunately for some individuals, being a fan translates into being angry at someone, whether it’s someone from an opposing team or another person pulling for the very same team.
Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.