Our Fanbase & VN

Discussion in 'Vols Football' started by Hoss Diesel, Mar 22, 2012.

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Are the VN forums representative of our fan base?

  1. Yes

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. No

    12 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. Hoss Diesel

    Hoss Diesel New Member

    I was going to post a thread with a different tone, but then I realized I wanted to get some opinion on a sort of precursor question.

    Do you think that the forums on VN are representative of our fanbase? Why or why not?
     
  2. volfanjo

    volfanjo Chieftain

    I think most of the folks that fill the stadium on Saturday are well-meaning and good people who love the Vols. But I'm not sure most can discuss football or hoops at anything more than a cursory level. When I had season tickets and sat around some of the same people from week to week this becomes pretty obvious.

    So I think VN is a pretty accurate portrayal of the fanbase generally. A minority who have nuanced and reasonable arguments and a lot of plain old "fans" whose analysis can't hold up to a lot of scrutiny.

    But I think this is true of most fanbases, by the way.
     
  3. Hoss Diesel

    Hoss Diesel New Member

    What I've noticed more is just how generally simple minded, redneck, & hardcore Christian-conservative they are. I move around the country, and have stopped defending our fan base from being labeled rednecks. Because they are.
     
  4. volfanjo

    volfanjo Chieftain

    I'd say the same thing about Red Sox or Eagles fans, minus the Christianity.
     
  5. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    Or Penn State and Ohio State fans.
     
  6. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    You have also described Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Georgia's fanbase.
     
  7. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Americans, in general, seem less than bright, and more often than not.
     
  8. Indy

    Indy Chieftain

    VN is also a testament to how difficult it is for some people to overcome bias.
     
  9. golfballs03

    golfballs03 New Member

    Not at all. Message boards are only a fraction of the fan base, and those who join and participate are definitely not the same type of "casual fan"
     
  10. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    Not really, there is no accountability as it is an anonymous message board and often times the lowest denominator is protected on volnation. This leads to a more vocal closed minded community and creates a herd mentality.
     
  11. hallowed_hill

    hallowed_hill Active Member

    I agree with this. While our average fan will not be mistaken for a nobel laureate, my experience with 'real' people--even some that aren't that bright--tells me that most of our fanbase is more reasonable than the nonsense over there.
     
  12. tvolsfan

    tvolsfan Chieftain

    Ohio State may have the one fan base with a message board contingent that is more sane and generally smarter than the average fan.
     
  13. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    I've never been on the OSU boards
     
  14. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator


    This board is still in its infancy, but it has the foundation to be built around logical and reasonable debate here.
     
  15. droski

    droski Traffic Criminal

    I'd change that to humans. When i travel i don't notice a lot of bright people outside this country either.
     
  16. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    Better watch your damn tone:cool:
     
  17. volfanjo

    volfanjo Chieftain

    Eagles? I meant to say Cowboys. Better?
     
  18. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    yeah......you just tugged on my heart strings
     
  19. tvolsfan

    tvolsfan Chieftain

    I haven't seen too much, but I'm a member of one which I don't post on too much, and I've browsed some others in the past.

    They're not necessarily brilliant on the boards, but from what I've seen, they aren't as delusional as many of the actual fans. If I had to guess, I would say that a good amount of the Buckeye fans that post on message boards do so because they are unable to have a reasonable discussion with typical fans.
     
  20. tvolsfan

    tvolsfan Chieftain

    I agree, and I hope it stays that way.
     

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