I've been seeing a really disturbing trend lately, and it involves people making arguments and leaving comments that are simply inaccurate.
Now I'm not talking about opinions. You're perfectly entitled to think that the Phillies are the best team in baseball or that horseracing is stupid.
I'm talking about facts.
I'm talking about saying that X is worse than Y without bothering to check first.
I'm talking saying Coach So-and-So is a jerk because he didn't shake the other coach's hand when, in fact, he did.
This is a site for having fun and swapping opinions and ripping on other sports fans. We all get it. But come on. If you're going to say something that is factual, try to make sure you get it right!
We all make mistakes and think the wrong things from time to time. And no one can be expected to keep up on every bit of news. But when I go through blogs and TDs lately I feel like so much of what's being written in based on conjecture, rumor, or word-of-mouth that it's really degrading the quality of what's posted.
1. If what you're stating is an opinion, be prepared to back it up. Someone may want to know why you think what you think. Someone may want to discuss it with you. So if you're going to believe something, please have good reasons for doing so.
2. If what you're stating is a fact then you had better get it right. Any good writer knows you have to verify your sources. Just because you think something is true, heard that something is true, or assume that something must be true doesn't make it so.
And if, by chance, you say something, and somebody else proves you wrong, don't be a tool about it. We've all been corrected, and none of us knows it all. There's nothing wrong with being incorrect or uninformed- isn't that part of why we're here? To talk sports, learn about sports, and get other viewpoints?
Apologies for the rant, but it's frustrating when facts are ignored or misrepresented.