Blog Wars and Booing
I think I like a good Blog War as long as I am not a participating combatant. A blog war, for those who don’t know, is when one blogger pens a post and then another blogger takes umbrage with it. Soon after, comments and subsequent posts are flying around until there is a winner. If that can’t be determined then it’s off to the bench press.
A recent Chicago blog war started when Stormin Norman at NQTC wrote a post called “Why It’s Okay To Boo Milton Bradley But You Were Kind Of A Dick For Booing Jacque Jones“. Then Another Cubs Blog absolutely cut that up like a psycho with a switchblade. NQTC slapped back with “Players Should Not Be Accountable To Fans (And Other Crazy Theories From The Cubs Blogosphere)“. Then Bleacher Nation chimed in with “The Cublogoverse Is BOOOOOOOO“.
So there’s the chronology of it — I think. Anyway, I think it’s perfectly fine to boo players. I do have standards for that though, of course. I usually reserve it for lack of hustle, and most Cardinals. Bad calls are certainly booable. Fans dropping easily catchable foul balls? Extremely booable. I’m compelled to boo them. Pitchers that are afraid to throw strikes? Booable. Refuse to hit the cutoff man? You’re totally getting booed. Quick hook for a starter? Manager gets a bit of boo.
Now the boos should not contain profanity, and any catcalls should be clever. I don’t dig getting personal with boos, unless it’s all in good fun.
Do you boo?