A few quick updates before I begin my latest plea for sanity:
Now, a brief lecture on the comments section here:
First, let me start by saying this probably applies to only a minute percentage of you, so for everyone else, just bear with me.
Throughout this season-long endeavor IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made clear how I value the posts on this site, if only because it helps provide an instant window into what fans and readers are thinking. I still think many of the comments here are rich with insight, whether theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in agreement with what I have to say or not.
My problem, however, is with the increasingly antagonistic tone of some of the other posts, many of which are by the same misguided people. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bad enough when I have to read them myself. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even worse when readers e-mail me or even approach me in person to tell me that as much as they like this blog, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re forced to steer clear of the comments section.
My response: I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t blame you. As IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said all season long, this is just hockey. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care if the Rangers are out of the playoff race altogether or playing for the Stanley Cup in two months, there is no reason that it should ever get as ugly as itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been. I still think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of productive back-and-forth here, and I know many of you understand the spirit of healthy debate. But there are obviously some of you who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get it at all, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re forcing me down a road I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even want to explore.
Although IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had the ability to delete posts all season long, I have been reluctant to do so in part because I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always have the time to sift through every post, but also because I think it sets an unfortunate precedent. But seeing how this site has my name on it and is becoming less of what I want it to be about, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably something I need to start doing. The other option is to look into banning certain people altogether from posting here. I originally thought that was too extreme as well. But again, I have no problem alienating a few if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for the benefit of everyone else.
Anyway, that’s where I ‘m at right now. If any of you want to discuss this further, you can e-mail me here
Either way, I’ll have more later….