Plenty of Red Sox fans hate Roger Clemens after he went to the Yankees.
Same with Johnny Damon.
"Find an example of a superstar leaving his original team that was brought with even NEAR as close hatred and vitriol."
And I'm saying that was media driven. Hell, high profile members of the media were castigating James. Guys like Charles Barkley were adding fuel to the fire big time.
Neither ARod or Shaq announced their departures on a suspense-filled prime time extravaganza. The media took it and ran with it. There is no parallel.
You are entitled to your opinion, of course, but I can't believe that you don't think the TV show made a big difference in the attitudes of both fans AND media.
Further nobody interviewed me or anyone like me. Our opinions didn't fit their story lines. Moderating voices coming out of Cleveland were not allowed to dampen the enthusiasm being generated to express disapproval/hate.
In sum, fans from Boston and especially PHiladelphia have a bad rep, but even that is media-driven. I still think fans are basically the same everywhere.
This whole situation makes me chuckle. Ohio State has been a win at all cost program since Tressel has been around. I've always thought the guy was slimey. Only because I thought that damn sweater vest was a cover up for something. My gut feelings have turned out to be right. Rigging raffles for blue chip recruits, setting up no work "jobs" for players, introducing players to dirty boosters, and trying to cover up this tattoo fiasco have gotten him what he deserves. No job. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. This was Tressels second chance. He was doing this crap at Youngstown and couldve started over anew at tOSU, but chose to do the same crap.
They should strip all the wins from the record books that had any of these players on the teams. Ohio State will move on. Probably hire Urban Meyer and win more titles, but I wouldn't mind if they went the way of Michigan and struggled for a decade first.
I feel for ya Gold. I know your love for tOSU. The fans are the ones that have been screwed over by this. Jim Tressel caused it all and probably got paid a couple million dollars to leave.
The Red Sox organization was actually correct in cutting loose Damon and Clemens as they were on the downside of their career. Unfortunately for the Sox, Clemens juiced like a mo fo and became lights out for a few years.
I do feel bad for ya still Gold. It's tOSU fans that are taking it in the arse. And it's Jim Tressel standing right behind you with a wad of hundies in his mouth.