>>Teddy's quote attacks criticism as a valid pursuit. By it's
>>invocation in this particular case, you suggest that anybody who
>>gets a gift of a 6-7 figure coaching job in the NFL is somehow
>I suggest nothing of the sort. My point in posting the quotes from
>Teddy (who says it much better than I ever could) is that you can
>criticize all you want, but sitting there on your living room sofa, you
>know about as much about coaching as Switzer does of your chosen
How do you know that? I would agree that Switzer knows a hell of a
lot more about football than I, so did Joe Thomas...
That he knows more about coaching may be another point.
And besides the point, anyway.
>And your (or anyone else's) criticism of him is about as meaningful as
>as if Switzer criticized your job.
This based on the premise that since Bury has the job, knows more
about it, it would also not be meaningful for me to comment
positively on his effort either.
>You think because you watch ESPN and catch a couple games each weekend
>you're suddenly qualified enough to rate Barry or to tell him how to do
certainly do, but it depends on the forum. No, I would not hire me
as a consultant to Jerruh Jones to tell him who to hire for coach
and expect that my opinion, reasonable or no, should be granted any
weight at all.
On this forum, however, or another at my local watering hole - not
only am I eminently qualified to spill opinions willy-nilly, but
Bury's professional livelihood DEPENDS upon it.
Pro athletes and coaches get paid big bucks by fans who ALL have
opinions - few of which are 'qualified' in a coaching sense, but all
supporting and criticising opinions serve the same purpose and
meaning: fan interest, fans buying tickets and other products of
So yes, my criticism of Bury is both meaningful and important on
this and other fan forums - it is the nature of fandom. That it is
supportable or reasonable is yet another argument - which of course
we have had here.
However, a criticism of the very nature of fan criticism, within a
forum existing solely for the exchange of fandom to me seems
meaningless and hypocritical.
The declaration of a forum as having no meaning on that forum, by
ITSELF has no meaning. It is self cancelling, so to speak. GB
Shaw called it a meta-language, silly self serving superfluosity of
So, to say I am WRONG in my criticism of Switzer because my
reasoning, observation, intelligence, whatever is flawed or lacking
is a valid argument here. To say that my criticism is meaningless
because I haven't the peerage with Switzer says that nobody on this
forum is entitled to an opinion INCLUDING you.
bye bye RSFP...