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Date Posted: 12:35:33 11/19/17 Sun
A thrilling, competitive football season is over and now we turn our attention to hoops.
Most of the regular posters on this board are probably older than the millennial generation. On behalf of the senior generation, let me offer this unsolicited advice to some of our younger members, possibly including mrjames.
Based upon your comments over the years and especially your most recent posts in this thread, I think I've got a pretty read on your personal history. How much of the following description is on target?
You were the smartest kid in your elementary school, your middle school and your high school. You graduated from high school literally not knowing what it felt like NOT to be the smartest kid in the classroom.
But you were skinny and not particularly blessed with hand-eye coordination, so you were not a member of the stereotypical "in crowd" in high school. You did not have a date for your high school prom and may not have attended at all.
At your elite college, you found your niche in an activity like writing about the sports you personally did not play for the school newspaper. The school basketball team was not very good so your writing, while good, did not get that much attention.
But two things have happened in the last decade which have changed the arc of your life. One is that your college basketball team unexpectedly became very good, so that it recaptured your attention and interest. Second, the internet and social media arrived on the scene, allowing you to reach a worldwide audience which, like most fan bases, is insatiable in its appetite for information and statistical analysis.
Socially, your life did not change that much. You were never a big hit with the ladies and you married the first woman who let you get to second base with her.
But all of a sudden, because of your reach to a rabid worldwide sports fan base, you feel like a new man. You've never had this kind of audience for your writing and your analysis. For the first time in your life, you feel like a big deal. A really big deal. You walk taller than you ever have in your life.
How accurate was I in this description? Did I get the details right?
Here's the unsolicited advice from the senior generation to the younger generation: Don't be an entitled, arrogant jerk. Don't assume that because a person does not follow you on twitter, they are not smart or uninformed.
You may have been the smartest kid in class your entire life, but a lot of the members of this message board were as well. And a lot of them were great athletes as well. Many of them have had very accomplished professional careers. A lot of that success came from having good social skills more than pure analytical skill.
Long term in life, having a good mind for numbers and rigorous thinking will take you far, but being a snarky jerk will always hold you back from your full potential.
In thirty years, you'll thank me for this advice.
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