It's easy to run your mouth, but a true gentleman lets the smack linger like a well-aged Scotch might on the tip of one's tongue. The trick is to leave the better man, possibly forcing your victim to get so badly burned that he thanks you for the tan.
What follows is a list of dos and don'ts as it pertains to smack talk. Now the list is hardly exhaustive, so we encourage you, as most gentlemen might, to feature your own parameters in the comments section below.
Now we don't demand that you don a monocle or fish out your best tuxedo tails if you are going to trash talk your opponents or fellow fans.
We simply feel there is a fine line, and jumping three rows down to punch someone's face while your children watch is on one side of things.
We will let you guess which.
Now some of you will offer that there are no rules when it comes to trash talking. As you know, a gentleman, like The Dude, abides by a certain relaxed structure.
Here are some very loose guidelines.