One of the reasons I am proud to be a member of this internet community here at Rock M Nation is that we are, for the most part, level headed about most matters. We can recognize the flaws that our teams possess, and can be critical in our assessment of those flaws.
We also are fiercely proud of our teams when they do well. And I think it is natural for us to become defensive of our teams when they are doing well, yet we perceive that they are being harangued and knocked down by outsiders. I get that. I really do.
However, I would like to offer up a suggestion that will make things easier for everyone by keeping our mouths and fingers in check, keep our blood pressure low, and make the next 4-6 weeks a completely pleasureable experience.
It will be hard. It will be one of the hardest things I am asking the community to do:
Ignore Doug Gottlieb.
I do not need to introduce you to Mr. Gottlieb's work; I believe most people around here are well acquainted with his body of work past and present, from the credit card incident to the horrendous free throw shooting to his current role for the four letter sports network based in the middle of Connecticut.
He is an easy target, and I guess that his brutal honesty is not something that we, well, "appreciate" as Tiger Fans. But I do think that we should find a new go-to person to mock. In part because by feeding Gottlieb on Twitter, we don't do our program and ourselves any good. It's not like he's going to change his mind about our program or players.
Which is why I call for a moratorium on Gottlieb talk. I don't mean ignore him only when he says bad things about our Tigers.
I mean ignore him completely. Total blackout. Good, bad, or indifferent commentary should be summarily dismissed and not acknowledged by Tiger fans at all.
Whether he agrees or disagrees with charge calls that go our way, or whether he believes that Phil Pressey has become the best point guard in college basketball since Pistol Pete Maravich, just...ignore everything that comes out of his mouth on telecasts, in the studio or on his radio show/appearances.
I think the time can be better spent, no?