The Legions Of The Miserable
After watching the great oval race at Kentucky on Saturday night, I spent Sunday afternoon at the training camp of the Tennessee Titans. I was amazed at the comments from all of the armchair quarterbacks standing around me. No matter how crisp the offense looked – and they looked good on Sunday – there were those around me that had to find something to complain about on every play. It sort of reminded me of some of the comments I read Sunday morning about the race at Kentucky. No matter how great and exciting it was, there was no shortage of those that had to tell us how sorry it was and how stupid anyone was that actually said they liked it.
There is a term I use for these types, although it is not original to me. I call them the legions of the miserable. These are those that cannot be happy unless they are complaining. You know the type. The world of sports is full of them and IndyCar racing is no exception. While at Titans practice, there was no end to those that criticized coach Jeff Fisher (the Titans had the best record in the NFL last year), the owner, the General Manager and just about every player on the field.
The same rhetoric was oozing through the internet Sunday morning. It was as if the worst thing that could happen to these people was for there to be an exciting race in the IndyCar Series. They came out of the woodwork to make sure they corrected any myth that was propagating out there about that being a good race on Saturday night. The legions had been out there all along, but they were silent as the more rational voices were complaining about the bad racing all summer. But now that an exciting race took place – with nobody hitting the wall to boot – well, they just had to come out and spill their vile.
Probably the worst thing about the legions of the miserable is the pseudo-intellectual tone they utilize in telling us how inferior the racing in the IndyCar Series is. They use highbrow vocabularies with words that don’t even apply in the way they are using them, but it makes them sound so superior.
I am fortunate that this site doesn’t draw that many of the legions. Perhaps they don’t know about it or hopefully don’t care about it. There have been a couple of them to stop by and leave random inflammatory comments, but I’ve expected that. They say their piece and move on, doing no damage. I appreciate opposing viewpoints and enjoy a healthy debate. It’s the best way to hear all sides. Occasionally (but not often), my point of view can be swayed.
There is really only one reader that seems to read this site every day, yet always have to comment on what a lame article I just wrote. If it’s really that bad, why waste your time reading it? I consider life too precious to purposely engage in things I don’t like. I prefer to spend what time I have left on this earth embracing things that I enjoy. I certainly don’t take it personally, but I have to wonder what joy this person really gets out of life. Overall however, the readers of this site give very intelligent and insightful comments.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the readers of The Indianapolis Star. I like to read the comment sections after Curt Cavin’s articles just to get a read on what other fans are thinking. I have to ration myself and proceed with caution, because the legions of the miserable are constantly out in full force over there.
To read the comments at The Star, you would think that no driver ever drove a good race, no reporter ever wrote a good article, no racing body ever knew what in the world they were doing and that the whole racing world was on the certain verge of collapse. I can’t even tell what these people are for, but there is no question who they are against – anything that is written about.
I really enjoy listening to the weekly show that Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee host on 1070 The Fan. All of the callers that call in seem educated, respectful and above all else…rational. Why do these people not post comments on-line? It would certainly help balance the atmosphere.
Now, am I saying that we should all be singing happy praises about anything that the IRL does? Absolutely not. On the contrary, in the three months I have been writing on this site, I have taken the league to task about multiple subjects including the league’s leadership void, the ESPN television coverage, the restrictive rules package and just yesterday, the 2010 schedule. But I try to use reason, facts and logic and try to keep my emotions in check. I also don’t take an opposing viewpoint as a personal attack on my manhood as some of the readers of The Star seem to do. Most importantly, along with every article that criticizes a move by the IRL, I have probably written another one praising something they have done. The legions won’t do that.
Usually I have a very unscientific poll question at the end of each article. Most of the readers seem to like it and it gives a good indication what fans think on different issues. Sometimes I will include a choice that is so absurd; I cannot imagine anyone actually thinking that way. Yet, when I check it each night – I can always count on at least one member of the legion to check the bizarre response.
On Sunday morning, practically every blog written out there was extremely complimentary on Saturday night’s race. Yet so many of them were followed by comments filled with venom about the race. I had to wonder if they were even talking about the same race. What really amazed me was that according to the comments, they had watched the whole thing. Once again – why would anyone subject themselves to an evening watching something that they hated? Is it that fun to think you’re showing everyone how intellectually superior you are because you find this type of racing so repugnant. I’ve got news for the legions, they’re not superior – they are the stupid ones for wasting two hours of a Saturday night watching something they hate. I really don’t like NBA basketball, but I’m not going to torture myself by watching an entire game just to go to an NBA website and tell all the fans how dumb they are.
Will this rant of mine do any good? No. The legions of the miserable are out there in every facet of life. They follow and ridicule all the sports and sports figures that we follow. They are those wretched people at work that offer no solutions to any problem but always quickly point out what the problem is. They’ll never go away, nor will they ever have the initiative to start a site like this to host their viewpoints. They would rather just infest other websites with their clutter. But what we can do is ignore them and not recognize them. That’s probably what I should have done and not written an entire article on the legions of the miserable.