Y'know, maybe this is just me, and if it is, feel free to ignore me entirely, but I find that people on the forums have gotten a lot more mean-spirited and spiteful over the years. I'm not targeting anyone in particular, I'm just talking about the general atmosphere, and the overall demeanor in the topics on these forums. I'm not holier-than-thou, I've gotten into a few altercations myself, but nonetheless, I felt the need to bring the issue upfront.
Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying I don't want to see any sort of trash-talking whatsoever: football is a sport, and at the core of all sports is rivalry and competition. The clashes are as much between the teams as they are between the fans, and having a team that you can feel is yours to defend and support is a great feeling. But there's a real difference between talking trash in the spirit of enjoying the game, and talking trash for the sole reason of creating antagonism.
Laughing at the attendance figures of other teams, mocking teams when star players get injured, attacking the CFL and its staff in general: is any of this necessary? Sports should be a social celebration of life, so why in the world would you be happy if less people participate in it? Low attendance figures just hurt the CFL as a whole. Unless you actually enjoy seeing people get hurt (in which case, I would say to get help!), why continually bash players that are prone to injury? Again, the CFL flourishes when all teams are competitive, and injuries to star players do not help teams stay competitive.
The CFL is in good shape, especially when you compare it to how it used to be, and there's a lot of reasons to be optimistic; new teams, new stadiums, more attention and better ratings in the States, the list goes on. It's not like everything is perfect, of course, and that's why it's good to debate and discuss certain things. But what I've seen haven't been debates or discussions. More and more, what I see are altercations.
So I'll summarize everything I said by asking again: whatever happened to just enjoying football?
We're all on these forums because we love the CFL, ain't that right? Let's try and make it seem like it once in awhile!