Last week, I wrote an article about how the Browns don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Someone on Twitter wanted to post a response to my article and asked me if I “minded.” Obviously, I said I didn’t. In fact, I still don’t. But, the article that was posted on November 27 (linked at the end) ended up being an attack job on me. I wanted to bring it up not as a way to continue any kind of Internet flame war, but just to try and talk about the community of Browns fans, commentators and analysts. One of the most frustrating parts of rooting for bad teams is how the civility in debate seems to disappear among fans and commentators of the team. I find it disheartening, to say the least.
Rather than talk about the ideas and criticisms I’ve expressed about the Browns, the article used my name eleven times and ultimately insulted my intelligence. The author proclaimed that “not only is Lyndall wrong, but he looks out of his depth when it comes to the game of football.” Nice to know now that when I was asked whether I minded a rebuttal of my article I was green-lighting a personal attack on me. To think that all this acrimony is due to a difference of opinion over a bad NFL football team makes it all the more ponderous. It’s one thing to disagree, but to attack me personally seems like a really bad way to go about things. Not to mention the fact that there were inaccuracies and mischaracterizations all over the post.
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