I've been a member of fannation.com for a year now, watching and reading. I've started being more active, writing some blog posts. This week I started my very first throwdown and my was it an experience. To sum it up I would say it was intense, fun, and interesting.
To anyone who wants to view the throwdown (it's finished now and I lost) it's at: http://www.fannation.com/throwdowns/show/357100-soccerfootball-will-eventually-become-as-popular-as-any-other-american-sport-in-the-united-states?category_id=7
I wrote the TD in response to a blog post I read here on fannation. I don't want to get back into the debate of the actual throwdown, I just want to talk about the experience.
1,200 characters seems like a lot until you have a bunch of things you want to say. Then they seem to disappear quickly.
I spent a lot of time preparing my first argument, as I knew it was crucial to the debate. I posted the TD and went back to what I was doing on the computer. I got an email a couple minutes later from a friend who basicall told me I needed to get on there and put in an argument quick. There were already a lot of people there making comments. Somehow my initial argument got lost, so I quickly wrote up a 2nd version. It was all the same points, but wasn't put as well. Has that ever happened to anyone else? Where you wrote a TD argument but got it got lost when you submitted the throwdown? I assume it was my fault. I took a way long time writing and editing the argument. Just wondering if it was a bigger problem.
So I got my first argument out with already 2 pages of comments on the anticipated TD. The whole experience was pretty intense at that point. There was obviously an audience for it and the TD was accepted almost instantly after I posted my argument. Comments kept coming. I was getting nervous at the arguments to come.
A group of pro soccer fans and a group of anti soccer fans kind of battled it out on the comment board. I enjoyed some of the points that were made there, but I was mostly disappointed in the rude and spiteful comments. I tried very much so in my TD to keep it on the arguments and not stoop to hasty generalizations, but that's sadly where arguments were going.
It was experience I must say. There were a lot of people watching, making comments, and voting and that was really fun to know my comments and opinions were being but out there like that. It was cool to know there were people out there that agreed with me and otheres that felt differently.
Ultimately I lost, but I did get more votes or closer than I thought it would. The votes werepretty close most of the time and for something so controversial I didn't think I would actually win. I was hoping though with my arguments I could show otherwise. Which I think my arguments still won. I really never heard any argument or point that would indicate otherwise. Mostly a lot of ranting.
I still had a lot of fun and look forward to participating in TD's for the future.