Yes, I know there has been quite a bit of discussion lately with regards to what many posters believe is an over-abundance of Dorrell "bashing" in the moderator's posts. (To be clear I will refer to "bashing" as any word or statement which reflects Dorrell in a negative light). The poster who diaried this viewpoint rather coherently and articulately voiced his opinion that the moderators are incessantly discussing and cross-referencing Dorrell in a negative manner to the point that it has become unpleasurable. As if a "wrong" had been done to him, the first time poster called out the moderators in order to (in his own words) "reconcile", and affect change in the moderator's tone for the future.
I have a couple of problems with this diary. First, and foremost, I disagree with the notion that Dorrell "bashing" is over-abundant and excessive. Apparently, according to the poll that was constructed, I am in the minority.
Or am I?
For those who voted along the lines of "overly-excessive", I have one question for you: Do you think Dorrell is the right man for the job? Anyone who thinks "yes", you can stop reading now and put your head back in the sand where it belongs. You are simply blind. I will never reach you.
For those who think "No", then obviously you are not blind, but simply, in my opinion, just compassionate. There is nothing wrong with that. It is an inate feeling within all of us, to varying degrees (unless you commit double-murder in Brentwood, but I digress). You loathe suffering. You hate to see someone beat down, over and over again, even if they had it coming. You generally avoid uncomfortable situations. You see a little good in everybody. You generally root for the underdog.
But, Bruin faithful, there is very little pleasant , and certainly nothing comfortable with the state of Bruin football right now. It is very disconcerting, and it is an issue which deserves its appropriate attention. It is an issue that needs to be revisited often. Like a recently incised abscess, it requires painful and unpleasant packing and dressing on a daily basis. Ignore it, and it can fester back into a life-threatening infection.
In my opinion, Dorrell gets his due criticism. He gets paid quite handsomely to receive this critique. You may have noticed that the worst basketball coach in modern basketball history, our own Steve Lavin, recently placed his house up for sale in Newport Beach to the handsome sum of $4 million. Yep. The most reviled and very heavily-criticized basketball coach is livin' large, and, believe me, KD and his family will be livin' large for a long, long time.
Part of the reason that these coaches get paid so handsomely is that their performance is heavily, heavily scrutinized and critiqued. They are in the limelight. And they accept that. It's a tough job. Not for everybody. So don't feel sorry for KD, he has earned every bit of what he gets. And believe me, what he gets here is tame compared to what they'd do to him in South Bend. Or Tuscaloosa. Or Gainesville. Or Austin. Or South Central LA.
And if you think that a coaching change will simply happen based simply upon performance and merit, think again. DG will have a very, very difficult decision to make if the Bruins go 8-4 or 7-5, and the reasons for this have been covered extensively. The louder the voice of displeasure, the better chance DG makes the right choice.
Finally, I agree that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and should feel free to discuss them openly amongst Bruins. However, I can only begin to fathom the time and effort that goes into maintaining this site, all the precise cross-referencing and the broad scope of analysis. The committment, day in and day out. Everyone can attest to that. And I know the moderators are not unemployed, computer-geeks living with their parents. They are busy students or professionals, many of them with families. So when a first-time poster comes in and tries to affect change, no matter what reconciliatory or friendly tone is used (and even if the majority agrees with him), I think it is just simply poor form, free speech or not. Just sayin'
Anyways, thanks for allowing me to express my opinions in a open and candid manner. Go Bruins.