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NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 21:  Head coach Tommy West of the Memphis University Tigers calls a play against the Florida Atlantic University Owls in the New Orleans Bowl on December 21, 2007 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2009

One thing I learned during much of my time writing for the Nasty Boys’ Sports Blog was that for every 20 people that like you, there are going to be 15 that hate you.

During the glory days of the blog, people as far as West Virginia were reading columns that we wrote about various topics. In fact, I remember one message board post that called my friend Matt Mowery a journalistic hack.

For a person like me, I can accept most criticism. But when you attack below the belt, then I have to defend myself.

It has been two years since I joined Gamecock Sports Forum, which was a great affiliate of TNB and an enjoyable forum to be a part of because most importantly, we knew the guys who were in charge.

So, in order to get more readers of my blogs, I decided to join my hometown MemphisTigers.org message board and post sports-related columns that I write on the forum.

The first one I posted was about Tommy West, who I’ve been calling to get fired since 2007, and to be honest, most of what was said was justified, but some people that criticized what I said were flat-out childish.

One guy said that I was an Ole Miss fan posing as a Tiger fan, and told me to take my ass down to Oxford and rip their program.

Another said that instead of ripping them, I should support them. Although, in the time that I’ve been in Memphis and the time my mom has been an employee at the University of Memphis, I’ve only gone to approximately 10 football games, most notably the 1996 Tennessee game.

So I’m very naive on Memphis Tiger football.

Although this experience was my baptism by fire to the message board, maybe I will do a better job of posting my thoughts on the SEC football season for tomorrow’s column.

Later days.

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