I'm not naive. I don't expect everyone to like me, and I think i'd feel a bit out of palce if that was the case.
I came to IS three seasons (hence my monsterous post count) ago, back when there were no Piston fans there. Why would I, one of the biggest Pistons fans on earth, join a Pacers board? Because at the time, I felt that I needed a different perpective. As a journalist, that's always the first thing you look for. I also thought that the ABA perspective of the old-timers was a nice bonus. Not to mention when the Pistons were in the lottery every year, I always rooted for the Pacers, because, well, at least they weren't the knicks (sorry Rim). Over time I think I've come to respect a lot of you guys, which is why I decided to stay on board.
Due to the lack of accountability by moderators, many of us left the board in 2003 and started what we know today as PD, or PacersDigest. The reason for the founding of the board, was that it would be a fan-friendly place, where the rules would be the same, and everyone would be held accountable, even the mods. For the last two seasons, I think the original cast of PD has more than proven that leaving IS was the right thing, especially seeing what IS has degenerated to. We've gone through so many different versions of PD than I can count, but in the end, we always made it work. I actually met UB last year in Conseco, which I thought was cool. (Pistons were up 15 at halftime, I'm guessing he was the only one with the courage to say hi to me )
Now as for the present day. I don't profess to know what pacers fans are going through, but also don't pretend to realize what I'm going through. The City of Detroit has had a bad rep to begin with. We've gone without incident for 20 years, and yet we're still the butt of every crime joke on earth. POST-riot, we've officially become the posterboys for voilent fans. I know hundreds of Piston fans, personally. None of them have ever said anythign out of line, or tossed anything at a player. But we get branded under the same iron. The Pacers will win a championship sometime in the near future. Half their roster isnt even peaking yet. 8 months from now, the Pacers will have recovered from their mess, while the city of detroit will have been scarred for another 20 years, if not more. So please do not tell em we got off easy.
As for my conduct on this board (and this is aimed at you, able) I'm not the kind of person who thinks he is above the rules. Just point me to the line and I'll stay behind it. I think I've done a good job of that over the last 2 years at PD. my lastest occurance happened when I was being thrown in with the actions of a few houligans, and I took offense, and decided to fight fire with fire, which is not something i condone. I did it so people here would start to get a taste of what I have to go through on this board. I don't try to offend you abel, and if I did, I'll try not to do it again. Understand that I'm not going to censor myself if what I'm saying is within the rules, and I truly believe what I'm saying. I don't want to deliberately **** you off, I don't want to agitate ANYBODY. Its just not fun to be told people can rip on you, and youre not allowed to fight back, ok?
Come over to my pistons board, and you'll get fair treatment. We have our share of Pacer trolls too, but the ones that try to be civil, we treat fairly.