Patience... It's what's for dinner
- Jul 7, 2005
I actually think it’s the opposite of tone deaf. He has done his homework, he knows our dysfunction. Ultimately, I agree, the long term more effective route is to drown out the negative with positivity. But I’m a big believer that as a leader you have to serve notice to bad culture. Especially in a role where he will never have the opportunity to personally interact with an overwhelming majority of the fanbase. By addressing it, he actually enlists, emboldens the positive fans as the model and as a source of accountability for the more negative fans.
that said, it is tone deaf in that it was a dismissal of the reasons fans are negative.....do not get me wrong, he is not wrong in his message, or that there are fans that do just need to stfu....
but, he, plowman, white, boyd...could do themselves a favor by just giving some acknowledgement to fans.....for one simple reason....we're the ones that have been thru this whole ordeal, for the last 15 years. why not just say "i know we have passionate fans, and we realize for them, there's not been a lot to be positive about for a while. i want the fans to know, that's why we're here, and what we're trying to accomplish. to give them something to be proud of. so give us a chance, we're going to work, and in the mean time as we start a new day here, let's be positive about the outlook going forward"
it's not that hard. but no one has ever come close to doing that.....and it wouldn't satisfy all, but the majority would at least feel like they were included again, and there wasn't a "us v them" chasm....that many think exist.
past that, i don't have any problem with him addressing negativity....we do need to have a positive outlook. it is a new day....