dlf_mikeh wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:20 am
I used to make claims all the time on the forums. I'd put hours upon hours of work into one player and post it up. Some people thanked me for the work and then it would disappear within a day and it'd maybe get 1-2 pages long at best. I even had one write up that got 0 replies. I really hated that. I wanted to generate discussion but instead it felt like wasted effort. I see this happen to other users today and it bothers me.
Meanwhile threads made by another user (name withdrawn
) stayed active for days on end. His takes were not only controversial but he was full of bravado. I was jealous that I was trying to be nice and accurate and this guy was coming off as obnoxious and bold and HIS thread was getting all the attention. I figured that was something I needed to do if I wanted to get the same results.
I tried it out with my CJ Anderson thread, my first bold take which was on an undrafted rookie, and I went in guns blaring. Instant success. The thread lasted for what seemed like several weeks. I found a formula that worked and so I rolled with it.
I kept raising the stakes because I love to gamble and it was getting my threads attention. I didn't feel like anybody was really calling me out either. Maybe a few but the noise was minimal. Then DLF took notice of my posts and bold takes, citing specific good calls I made, along with my mathematical work in my draft pick trade chart (in sig). The fact that my threads kept getting replies and views was a huge bonus. They offered me a position in the staff.
After accepting the position, I was unclear if the bravado facade was good or bad, and if it was something I needed to continue doing anymore. On one hand it helped me get to where I am now, but on the other hand it's annoying. I toned it down some and even went through my forum post history and deleted posts that I no longer wanted to be associated with (all related to ego & attitude) since I now represented someone other than myself. I kept with it to some extent since it helped me get to where I am, but I never really found a sweet spot.
I was getting sick of the 100% claim. I also knew the bubble would burst and didn't care to make it any bigger than it was. If you look at my JT thread, unlike other claims I made in the past, I didn't make any mention of it. The post was strictly JT related, replies included. I find it both odd and humorous that the day I was challenged on my 100% claim was also near the same day that I didn't bring it up.
The other misfortunate thing to happen was that I wrote that rookie piece for the DLF site two weeks ago. I kept the 100% claim in there originally on purpose because of some feedback I received about it (I copy/pasted the header from a 2019 article). When it started to hit the fan in here I went to replace the 100% part with my 2019 article instead, but became a space cadet and after I added the 2019 content links I forgot to delete the sentence before it. I had 4 days to double check that part before it posted and I never did. That's just going to pile on but I deserve it.
So here we are. I'll just weather the storm since I created it. The 100% claim is officially dead (It was always dead since my first post, which was my CJA take. I can't believe I was able to avoid that bad call entirely) but it was a fun ride. There are two sides to every coin, and with the good comes the bad, so I deserve all that comes my way for as long as it does. Huck your tomatoes if you still have em.
I apologize if I rubbed anyone the wrong way with my egotistical persona. I am definitely somewhat ego driven, as I think we all are, but not to the extent I tried to make people believe I was. That was just a shtick. I'm sorry.
I really enjoy your content as well, even if I disagree with some of it. It’s generally very well put together and thought out.
The issue isn’t the content but the attitude like you admitted to. Not only the hyperbolic claims but also the general snark. For instance, I was defended RoJo during his rookie year and you replied to one of my posts 1 year later to try to rub my face in it.
The snark can be fun but if that’s your persona then you need to be prepared to get called out as well.
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