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    Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of Opposing Views

    Hi there! Today we're going to discuss what many consider to be the #1 issue plaguing the denizens of this here football forum.

    The dreaded OPPOSING VIEWPOINT. [Cue dramatic music]

    While most of us may more or less agree on various things such as who ranks as the best QB currently playing, of all time, which team dominated the 2000s, etc, it may come as a shock to you to learn that these are opinions not facts. It may be even more shocking to learn that these opinions are not shared universally. No, in fact some have the gall to actually hold opinions which are contrary to those we consider as based on obvious truth.

    Please, feel free to pause reading this thread for some time while you adjust to this information. If you feel a period of light headedness or a loss of motor function please engage in a period of rest such as taking a nap or a walk to clear your head. Just please, ensure you are escorted in case the impact of this knowledge causes you to pass out.

    Ok, now that you've recovered we'll move on.

    The enormity of our realization that our opinions are not universal should have sunk in, to some degree, by now so we can move on to the purpose of this program - Learning to Deal.

    We deal with opposing views via these simple methods that we'll discuss in greater detail below:
    • 1 - Evaluate the opinion and its basis.
    • 2 - Discuss the issue like adults.
    • 3 - Evaluate our own opinions.
    • 4 - ******* ignore other opinions if it drives you so ******* crazy you mouthbreathing cretins, Jesus Christ.

    1 - Evaluate the opinion and its basis.
    This is the most important step as it will typically filter out a tremendous percentage of the opposing opinions you will need to deal with and thus reduce stress.

    Consider the possibility that a large portion of what is said in media and typed on the internet is done so not to actually establish a cogent line of argument but instead to elicit a response on the part of the audience.

    So when someone says something as apalling as 'Tom Brady is the 2nd best QB in the league behind Cam Newton' consider what the person making this statement has to gain by making it. If they are, say, a goddamn columnist whose ******* job is to make you morons read his stupid **** and to get your dumb friends to read his stupid **** too, so stop playing into his ******* hands dip****s! This board is trolled so goddamn easily and regularly it's ******* ridiculous. HEY I DO NOT GIVE A **** WHAT BORGES OR SOME OTHER HAS BEEN HAS TO SAY ABOUT OUR TEAM. Guess what I could give even less of a **** about? What some other ******* AFC East's team board has to say about anything. I GET IT YOU DISAGREE I DO NOT CARE WHAT SOME RANDOM INTERNET DOUCHE SAYS OR THINKS.

    So I'm sure you'll see that this is an effective first step in reducing the amount of stress the opinions of others may cause you, by simply learning to filter a lot of it. Try it and you'll agree, after a time, that your quality of life is drastically improved!



    2 - Discuss the issue like adults.

    This is a difficult step for some to take. Especially you peabrained nitwits who can't have a ******* civil conversation to save your life but instead type **** out like you're screaming at the top of your lungs.

    But I digress.

    3 - Evaluate our own opinions.

    It's possibily the most difficult step, but it is important to keep an open mind regarding the possibility that your opinions may be less factually-based than others.

    So listen up retards maybe Aaron Rodgers is the better QB to build a team around right now, there's the whole age factor. I love me some goddamn Tom Brady but he doesn't defy the ******* laws of the universe or the aging process in humans. So maybe if we were building a team right now and dropped our goddamn biases maybe we'd think that Rodgers is the best choice to build a team around, I don't ******* know I'm not some goddamn oracle but Jesus Christ if you can't question your own opinions then you're just a pigheaded moron who has no place on the planet.

    Congratulations! Your progress through the program is nearly complete.

    4 - ******* ignore other opinions if it drives you so ******* crazy you mouthbreathing cretins, Jesus Christ

    OMG SHUT UP ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING EVERY GODDAMN DAY ON THIS FORUM IT IS THIS SAME ****: LOOK AT WHAT THIS WRITER SAID ABOUT THE PATS. LOOK AT WHAT GANG GREEN IS SAYING, LOOK AT WHAT THIS DUMB PLAYER WHO RAPED A CHICK AND SUFFERED A HEAD INJURY THAT LEFT HIM RETARDED IS SAYING ABOUT THE PATS. TAKE A ******* WALK AND GET SOME GODDAMN PERSPECTIVE AND FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO THAN TO POST ABOUT IT JESUS TITTY****ING CHRIST.

    There you have it! You've completed this course. Please enter in your Name and Address below and a certified certificate of completion will be rushed to your door!*

    *while supplies last
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    too long; didn't read.
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    I will literally fist fight anyone who doesn't read all of this and comment.
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    I would not pay to see that. But if it were on youtube, I just might view it.
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    Oh, the ironing.
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    You can just read the summary to get the gist.
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    This thread would be salient if there were a type of I.Q based entrance exam to post on forums.

    However, there aren't...so it isn't.

    :D
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    You lost me at "Other People's Opinions"
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    Well the important thing is you've found a very condescending way to tell me I'm intolerant.

    Of course I shouldn't even say that, because I didn't read past the first paragraph either. I'm sure it was lovely though ;)
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    Re: Other People's Opinions and You: A guide to surviving the trauma of opposing View

    I didn't read all of this, just scanned it. Too much name calling and bad language that I didn't feel like subjecting myself to. Whatever good/valid points you might have made have been undermined by the fact that you've called your fellow Pats Fans worse names than I've seen even Jets Fans labeled here. And the quantity/level of bad language is making me wonder if somebody from GangGreen hacked your account and posted this thread.

    Not the best way to handle this, bro... by a long shot.

    edit: on a positive note, I've always loved the dancing Wilforks...
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    On a serious note I still need to know why what PussyLord69 over @ Gang Green says is so important to everyone here.

    Don't get me wrong, PussyLord69 is a poet and artsful statesman, but still...
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    Major props for wit and cleverness on this rather dour board!
    Bless you.

    -- FRITZ
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    How dare you challenge me to reevaluate my views on things?? It would mean taking a chance that things I have thought for years are wrong. This is a risk I will not take.
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    Could I have the abridged version of this plz??? (just make sure to get rid of the OPPOSING views part:):rocker::)
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    I was gonna respond to the OP, but I figured he was on a roll, so I just stepped outta the way. :D

    Nice post, however. Beats hell outta having to listen to that d@mned homestarrunner dude that my daughter likes. :cool:
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    Wow, such tolerance, deference and down right moral turpitude. You make me sick. Rapelessburger S#CKS! and you know it......
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    You're going to have to wait until I'm bored @ work again which, sadly, doesn't happen much these days.
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    This could be post of the year if you were a bit more biased.
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    This article is greatly opinionated. In his opinion you should survive trauma. In my opinion, in the face of opinions I don't agree with I deliver trauma.
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    Time to put the program into action!

    Step 1 - Evaluate the opinion and its basis:

    I have evaluated your opinion as being wrong.

    Step 2- Discuss the issue like adults:

    ur dead @ the next Tailgate.

    Step 3 - Evaluate our own opinions.

    My opinions rule, yours drool.

    Step 4 - ******* ignore other opinions if it drives you so ******* crazy you mouthbreathing cretins, Jesus Christ.

    I hate you.
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    Hey guys, a Jets fan doesn't like something about their rival Patriots, lets discuss it for 6 pages while insulting him and his team the same way!
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    I think there is definitely way too much anger and spitefulness on the part of a number of posters here, usually starting the instant someone disagrees with them.

    Then again, you can switch out 'a number of posters here' with 'the internet'.

    At the end of the day I think you have to accept that a huge number of people are ****heads, and some of them root for the same football team you do.
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    Could someone do a poll on this post to see how many people actually read the whole thing.

    I can't, I only have 42 posts
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    Read it, didn't comprehend much. JETS SUCK!!!
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    Fair or not, one of the reasons why I have yet to donate to this forum is I can't take too much of it. My posting here comes and goes in waves because, invariably, I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of threads about what someone at some other forum says or thinks because it's so irrelevant to the actual meaty football discussion I'd love to get more of.

    Too many times I begin to feel like I'm reading the equivalent of transcripts of WEEI callers and my eyes roll into the back of my head.

    All of the tongue-in-cheek from my other posts in this thread aside, I have to wonder if I'm the only person who gets sick of how annoying it is to see threads about 'What so and so said' push other, more worthy threads to the bottom of the page.

    If it's just me who has a problem with it then I guess I should either shutup and deal or shutup and move on.

    But if there are others who don't like it maybe the mods would consider a stickied megathread for all the posts about how someone on the internet insulted our football team.
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    You do have a point. It does get rather annoying when a bunch of people make threads on a story such "so and so said Brady isn't having a great year" or "so and so picked the Pats to lose!" and then it turns into 50 straight posts of "**** him" or "he's an idiot"

    The majority of us are here to talk Patriots football, meaning tactics, players, weakness', match-ups, draft, etc. Something like a "Negative Patriots Press" thread sticky or something would more than likely alleviate that problem instead of flooding the boards with stuff like that if it gets out of hand in the future.
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    I say we cut the crap of criticizing posters based on whether they do or don't donate to the forum. There are lots of good uses for one's money. That's a personal and private decision. Back to satire & football.
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    Why would you expect the posters on this board and the WEEI callers to be dissimilar?


    Why read them? I find a decent percentage of the threads on this board of no interest to me, and it is not at all difficult to determine which ones and skip them.

    I think what you are missing here is that there are some posters who enjoy those threads. Just like there are posters who want to be positive, negative, analytical, starstruck, etc, etc.
    The real point of the forum is for all Patsfans who want to be here to use it to their enjoyment.
    If as you suggest, the mods and Ian decided that there were some topics which some people want to discuss that should be considered unworthy then we are driving away people who simply want to post about their version of fandom. I think that is much worse than asking you to only read the posts that interest you. Do you feel you are better than the people who's version of fandom is to get defensive about what the media posts?
    This is a forum for everyone who wants to join and follow the rules. Those with intelligent, valid points of discussion that are interesting to others will get a lot of attention. Those that are not interesting will get none, and those that are interesting to a specific audience will get attention from that audience. I don't understand what is wrong with that.
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    Shouldn't the minority be allowed to use the forum the way they enjoy?
    The type of thread you are talking about is easily avoidable, if it does not interest you. Its not hard to figure out the topic BEFORE reading 50 straight posts that don't interest you.
    In all seriousness if you want them eliminated why would you read 50 posts deep?
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    Bring it on.
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