I discovered AA a few months back during football season. I liked the material, generally liked comments being made before, during, and after games. I've seen a few ugly comments (not unexpected during frustrating times), but overall I liked what was going on at AA.
However, after following along during b-ball season and specifically after watching the beloved Gators come up short in the Final 4, I read through the game thread and saw some ugly things and I saw them in bulk.
1. "They didn't even try", they didn't want it, came out flat, they choked….
Are you kidding me?!?! They came out guns blazing with drives in the lane, offensive rebounds, and great defense. I bet you wouldn't say any of those things to Billy Donovan. To Scottie. To Will. To Casey. To Kasey. Saying/posting any of these things automatically disqualifies you from being an honest Gator fan. It's unacceptable and embarressing since other fan bases come and read the comment boards. If you really cared, you'd be hurting for the guys. It's their burden that's going to be heaviest, coming back to Gainesville, being dissappointed. However, the true fans can lift some of this burden from their shoulders because these guys mean a lot to them.
2. People saying no one remembers second place, won't remember these guys down the road...
Excuse me, but Greg Stolt, Eddie Shannon, Kenyon Weaks, Major Parker, Brent Wright, Donnell Harvey, Bonell Colas, Christian Dreyer, Matt Walsh, David Lee, Noah, Hordord, Brewer, Dan Werner, Roberson, Orien Green, Alex Tyus, Maureese Speights, Teddy Dupay, Jason Williams, Adrian Moss, Chris Richard, Ladarius Halton, Justin Hamilton, James White, etc. - they all mean a lot to me and to a lot of people I know. They were, are, and will be part of the Gator basketball program as they all contributed something or anything. "Championship or bust "is a terrible attitude, not because striving to be the best is bad, but because it's not what it's all about. It's about seeing guys come together, play hard, get better through their season (or career), and represent the University well.
I'm not even going to go through our team this year, player by player and describe the great progress made by every one of them. They were great and still are great in the minds of most.
I know things are said in the heat of battle that people regret. That doesn't excuse a lot of what I and others read. It's piss poor attitude from "fans." These ugly comments aren't coming out of the blue from some "troll" or whatever term. They came from regulars to the site.
I know I haven't posted a lot of comments while I've been following the site. I usually sit back and read comments while games, injuries, plays, and whatever else unfold. My "cred" may be questioned. But someone had to say/post something to defend this Gator team and represent how most real Gator fans feel.