Critiquing Sports at B/R

Keith FrazierCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2008

One thing we can all agree on is that we are men and women who have a deep love, passion, and respect for sports. We all love to write and have our say, but perhaps more than any of that, we give our opinion.

It has long been my opinion that there is a big difference between being perverted and being a pervert. I realize that is kind of raw, but that is the kind of person I am. And as such, there is also a difference between having an opinion and being opinionated!

I'm the type of guy who will get the facts and join an argument for the debate, and for the love of what I believe the future holds. A very good part of being an intellectual sports lover with opinion(s) is knowing what is real and what isn't.

I know in the first three Buckeye games, for example, the Buckeyes starting offense will still be defining itself, and will thus be vulnerable. USC, on the other hand, will be a bit suspicious on their offensive line, and therein will lie a possible weakness.

After those games, both teams will know themselves, and have an identity that will set the course for the rest of the season. Although only one of the two teams will get a mark in the W-column, neither will truly lose because they will both still be in the race for the national title.

Notice that I give USC their due respect, even though I am undoubtedly an Ohio State Buckeye fan. For the purpose of this article, I remain pretty neutral although I have a definite opinion of how that game will end.

What I mean to say is that it isn't necessary to smash someone else's idea because you think their story, team love, or passion is weak, unfounded and/or baseless. Who has a right to insult anyone for their ideas reflected in their writings? No matter what history says, or what facts we may have, no one really knows what will happen or how this season will end in any sport that hasn't played out.

In the end, what will be will be, and our current opinions are nothing until they become facts and we collect our bragging rights until next year. So let's be considerate of other people's ideas, and respectful of their opinions. We are all fans, and we all have the same love of sports and modern day gladiators.

Let's speculate, but let them go to battle for us. That way, no matter how weak someone may believe another conference, team, or idea is in the NCAA, NFL, or whatever, we can all have fun and be apart of something good.

Who knows what someone is going through when we come here to let out what we got inside. I am passionate about sports, and everything about them. How about you?

So, come and swing, keep your hands on the keyboard, but keep it clean! Express yourself, and your ideas, or those of others, but not at the expense of another one's humiliation, irritation, or anger.

After all, sport is all about class, respect, and being a good sport!