Sunday, September 26, 2010

My buddy Max Hall, revisited.

Nine months ago I commented on Max Hall’s victory speech after BYU beat their arch-rival, the UofU.  Today, 9 months later, I got a couple comments from someone named “Anonymous”.  The first one said:

Anonymous said...

Its a rivalry. I'm sorry that you were offended by your "buddy Max Hall". His comments just make the rivalry all the more competitive. Please, don't bother with your self-righteous perceptions of what he said. They are ridiculous and down right stupid and make you look like a little baby. I wouldn't have thought that he would have gotten to so many people, but I guess his mild comments really stung some people. So what if he doesn't like the U. How many Ute fans say crap about BYU all of the time? And I'm not crying. Just let it be a flippin rivalry and stop your crying!

September 26, 2010 4:11 PM

The second one:

Anonymous said...

haha, dude grow up. You're that hurt by what he said? Time to put some pants on and get out of the past like Uncle Rico.

September 26, 2010 4:12 PM

First of all, if you won’t even use a pseudonym, don’t bother me with your trivial insults.  Second of all, unlike you, I am out of the past.  I wrote that post 3/4 of a year ago, immediately after his comments.  This is the first time I’ve thought about what he said in, like, 8 1/2 months, and if you hadn’t commented, it probably would have been a lot longer.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you out there really have any respect for people who comment anonymously?  How many of you, like me, only bother posting their rants because it’s amusing to make fun of them?


A Paperback Writer said...

I had a basher, who I assume was a woman from the way she expressed herself, for several months. She picked at everything I said --and I slammed her right back, calling her on her cowardice as well.
Finally, I got sick of it and switched so that anonymous comments were not accepted on my blog anymore. Several of my students have set up non-blog accounts with pseudonyms so they can make comments but still protect their identities. And Ms. Basher finally shut the heck up. It's been bliss. Quite frankly, I suggest to you the same course of action: switch to no anonymous comments.

And as for Max Hall -- it took me a second or two to remember who he was, but I still think it was amazing that a star player from a WINNING team (BYU won the game after quite a struggle, as I recall) would whine like a baby on TV. Gloating, even, would've been better than his ridiculous little remarks about those big, bad U fans. Last spring when our academic team lost to the other school who cheated, our 12-year-old players had enough sense to keep remarks about the other team out of public hearing. Surely a man of Hall's age could behave as well as a 7th grader.

A Paperback Writer said...

OH, and my longest record for getting comments is 3 years and running. I wrote a scathing review of the 3rd Twilight book when it first came out 3 summers ago -- and I was still getting comments on it a couple of months ago.

Anonymous said...

I must agree with all that you said. First off, if you can't admit who you are in a rant as such, then keep it to yourself.
Next, ah Max Hall, who is that again?
Third, to the second response, I quote "Time to put some pants on and get out of the past like Uncle Rico", interesting words for somebody who is ranting about a blog from NINE MONTHS IN THE PAST!.
So no, I hold no respect for somebody who can't post and let people know who they are, and very little respect for somebody who is bitching about really really old news.

Mustang Sally said...

I haven't had the *pleasure* yet of an anon. commenter, but from what I've seen around the internet it sure does seem that people are most likely to use the anon. handle when they are practicing extreme asshattery.

That being acknowledged I have to say that my respect is more based on what they have to say than what name they choose to use ... or not.

And oh yeah, if someone paints a target on their ass that way, I'm GOING to use it, you can count on that LOL

Uncle Rico's Van Rental said...

I hate it when Uncle Rico is used as a whipping boy. Still, did you know that you can rent Uncle Rico's van from Napoleon Dynamite? If you're going to go all the way and make an outrageous statement, why not do it in style?

Carmi said...

I've had a couple of anonymous, abusive commenters. In one case, I traced it back to a vice-principal who was using school equipment to post his vitriol. After I had a lovely conversation with the school district's IT director - followed up with a lovely e-mail to the idiot's work account - the idiocy stopped.

The other one happened before Blogger allowed comment moderation, so I ended up turning comments off entirely for a few months until the doofus blew his wad and disappeared.

It takes no courage at all to sling nastiness from behind the rock of anonymity. I'm certain none of these cowards would have the courage to say what they say if they had to identify themselves in the process. There's a reason letters to the editor in newspapers have been signed since time immemorial. I wish the same kind of thing would stick in an online context as well.