I don't mean to sit here and talk crap about other blogs and I have no intention of causing a spitting contest with anyone who goes to Stampede Blue, the Colts blog (hopefully they don't bother to come here... if they do, I will apologize in advance for bringing them), but visiting that site really made me more impressed with this one.
While I'm not a fan of any NFL team, I love watching the NFL and I follow Texas players, so I was reading Music City Miracles to get updates on VY. In one particular fanpost at this site, a Colts fan showed up and started trolling (http://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2008/8/10/591100/discussing-areas-of-streng). I was a bit surprised, since for some reason I always thought of Colts fans as classy, and then I found out he's one of the main contributers at Stampede Blue. I checked out the site, assuming that he's probably just ticking off Titans fans for fun (he obviously knows football) and that his usual content is different, but I found that his method of arguing there is no different in a large anti-Vince rant here http://www.stampedeblue.com/2008/8/12/592304/could-we-possibly-see-vinc?login=1218640933. I have absolutely no problem with people criticizing Vince (I happen to think many Titans fans' statistical expectatations of him this year are unreasonable), but apparently he gets high on it and resorts to immature ranting and bad arguing (not the first time, apparently, and I see that some BONers have shown up there too). Judging from the responses of some regulars there, it seems that he has attracted those similar to himself, who tell dissenters to get lost and, dare I say, can't take it nearly as well as they dish it out.
I've read several other SBN blogs here, and I've commented on good ones like Rock M Nation and I was even welcome to discuss the Brett Favre fiasco at Acme Packing Company. However, even if I wasn't a Horns fan, I would say Burnt Orange Nation is the best SBN blog I've been to. That's a credit to the editors here who foster an atmosphere of good discourse, even when things get heated. Heck, we even welcome Aggie fans here to entertain us (yes, Beergut, you may frustrate us, but you are ultimately welcome here). Stampede Blue seems to be a stereotypical blog where fans live in their own closed world and react angrily upon those who intrude.
It's not so much that I care what goes on at other blogs (I probably won't visit Stampede Blue much again), but I just wanted to take the opportunity to compliment PB and Co. I'm glad I found this blog, and we shouldn't take for granted a fan blog that cultivates civil discourse and light-hearted jabs about football and doesn't reduce itself to the spitting contests and flaming that many blogs tend to fall into.