I read the headline, and did not read a post. SO HERE IT GOES mob mentality rules on this board, I do not believe it represents the people who "pull the strings" very well. We (posters on this board) are loyal ISU fans and just want better results.
It is what it is.
Sure, there are going to be negative statements made. Let's face it.....there has not been an overwhelming amount of success with some of the programs here at Iowa State in recent years (or ever in some cases)....so there has been a lot to be negative about. Just fact.
On the other hand.......when positive things have happened there is also a lot of positive energy and support on this board.......so it goes both ways. You kind of have to take the good with the bad.
I doubt recruits put too much stock in what is said on message boards. I'm sure most realize that some negative things are going to be said when programs are losing. But aren't most recruits being recruited to a losing program to help turn that around? I mean, are recruits being recruited to a losing program to help it continue to lose? Don't think so.
If everything on here was all positive, and the fans never complained even after losses, I would think that most recruits would find that a little strange.
I bet even UCONN's board had some negative things to say about the Women's basketball team after that first half the other night against Stanford. So what?
Also, if a recruit did a search and could find no Iowa State fan message boards or forums at all......what kind of an impression do you think that would give them of Iowa State?
Like I said, it is what it is.......at least if a recruit looks at Cyclone Fanatic, he or she will see what I think is one of the best, if not the best FREE college fan site on the internet. At the very least he or she will know that ISU fans are passionate. How can that be a bad thing?
Every poster made intelligent comments that are well thought out and based on fact- sure. The reality is message boards are a forum for all fans and even though we all LOVE ISU athletics- there are differing opinions how to get there. The key is being civil and expressing opposing views without attacker opposing posters.
As far as these message boards impacting the opinions of recruits and their families- I'm sure it happens to some degree. But if you think by getting rid of message boards recruits wouldn't be aware of the negatives occuring within a program you are wrong. Opposing coaches would plant the seed.
Overall message boards (Including Fanatic and Cyclone Report) are a great marketing tool for college athletic departments to create a 365 day, 24 hr/day content provider.
My response was to this statement that you made in your earlier post. I stand by my rebuttal.
Just curious. Is English your second language? Not a huge deal either way, just wondering.
Paranoia runs rampant. This board proves that in many ways. Its the exact opposite if ISU would have just won the NCAA tournament, or won the National Title in Football. Feast or Famine. Its a message board, nothing more.
Now if you agree with me there, and I'm challenging you on something we are actually agreeing on, then I apologize, but I took it as an attack that I don't understand the real world because I am defending the fact that negative stuff is posted about recruits all the time and they should choose to ignore it.
Not sure what the English thing has to do with it at all...
I do think negative threads about aforementioned athletes can impact their recruitment. I do not think that it is a huge factor, maybe even barely a factor... My problem is with it being stated in the first place. Both of us, as well as many others, agree that it was ridiculous and unnecessary.
There were a handful of people who supported the OP in that thread. I am simply saying there is no place for people like that here. If you want to be constructive and can provide points why that person isn't a fit for ISU, then fine. Key is, be constructive and educated on the subject or be removed.
So, i'm to understand you asked only about English as a second language because you think I confused what you said, even though I used no improper spelling or grammar. I wonder however, if you would ask the same question to anyone else who did this who didn't have "azn" in their handle, or if you ask the English question to the dozens of posters who can't seem to use the right version of you're and your.
I know in the real world that criticism that is not constructive is unwanted and usually not tollerated.
You're telling me that unfounded criticism is something that doesn't happen in the "real world"?
I think a lot of what I have said has been misinterpreted by you. You seem to rebut to the message as if I was saying something entirely different, almost as if you are embellishing my statement.
It has nothing to do with the spelling or grammar as much as it has to do with how you are interpreting my message. You get the gist of what I am saying but take it a step further than I did. It was extremely frustrating.
I agree with you in that we need to agree to disagree… and to answer your question I did ask your if English was your second language because your handle has “azn” in it. Is it not safe to assume you are from Asia?
We are way off topic.
I just think it's funny that you are bashing the posters who don't constructively criticize... and yet you are the one more or less implying that my English is terrible because I have an Asian background, which is completely irrelevant to the argument at hand. Sorry to break it to you, not all Asians are like Jackie Chan and speak broken English.