I woke up on Thursday morning and logged in to my sportsline account, ready to post my latest edition of "Things to Do" for the Giants upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals. My Profile page opened, and an unfamiliar look caught my eye... the silver shield of an "All-Star" rating had replaced my red and gold "Superstar" emblem. I knew immediately what had happened, and truth be told I hadn't even bothered to check the "warning" page until I sat down to type this article 10 minutes ago. One warning; denied a challenge - for the following reason:
Sexually offensive. The thread is all about terms for masturbating. This guy goes on to list a full page of his favorites. He and CBS should be embarrarssed for having this on the internet.
Out of fairness to the complainant, I won't mention their screen name. It doesn't really matter anyway; I can't deny the accusation because it happens to be true, albeit exaggerated. I also can't (and won't) defend myself, because I contributed a comment to an already existing thread about the exact subject mentioned. If this is how sportsline moderators feel it's best to keep folks in check - by knocking their reputation points down and affecting their status - I'll play by the rules... it's not all that hard to do. I certainly don't need to talk about anything offensive or charged on these boards; I wouldn't have requested to become the Giants team blogger if that were my purpose.
I know that the idea of a reputation grading is a joke to many members of the community, and in the grand scheme of things I wouldn't expect that the relationships I've enjoyed with fellow NFL bloggers and sportsline members to change all that much. It certainly doesn't affet my day to day life. But that doesn't mean that after spending countless hours contributing to my blog and the boards of sportsline that I'm not bothered by being pushed down a few rungs over one comment. Those of you who know me and read my blog are aware of the passion I have for the New York Giants, and the work I put into each article. I don't take this lightly, and I put as much effort as I do into the blog because I want to provide a good read to people. The talent and insight that I see in the blogs of other community members (Jokest, momluvsfootball, sircheeks, JellyDonut, 24alldaylong, Yanks1in99, IgetNoRespect and Rob Toxin - just to name a few shining examples) pushes me to keep up with them. It's not a competition to me, it's just a lot of fun to be part of this group.
Getting back to the warning; what I posted (five euphemisms for a particular act - not a full-page list my favorites, as portrayed) was childish. I took a detour down a sleazy street and fell off the wagon. I know that some may have found it offensive. However, I didn't think it would have been read by someone that was put off by the first 40 comments posted before mine. That's not to suggest my post was in any way appropriate for the world to see, or that I buried it deep in the darkened depths of a thread to get away with something. OK, I made an unnecessary post; one out of 450.
One of the things I look forward to is Shuless Joe's caption contest. Each and every day, a photo is up there that begs for a caption containing a reference to certain sexual acts, preferences or otherwise "offensive" content. The addition of the weekly Avatar contest is a great idea - have you seen the winner that includes the quote "I don't see the resemblance..."? There are Avatars on these boards that offend ME... which is hard to do.
I'm not calling out the moderators, and the last thing I want is to lose the photo caption contest, the weekly avatar contest or any other element that makes this the community that it is. There's a hell of a lot more garbage and racially sensitive material floating around here that they should be concerned with, as opposed to the five euphemisms I posted. I guess I just felt the need to vent.
Maybe I do care about my reputation. And maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.