Big Soccer. A big soccer website and forum, yes. But what else is going on in the little nest egg of hate?
I don't get this site at all. Let me be the first to say that Bill Archer, Dan Loney and Aaron Stollar, the triumvirate of American exceptionalism with regard to MLS, are capable writers. They're certainly knowledgeable about MLS, although they often rely on a sort of hyperventilating, alliterative prose to stand in for coherency from time to time. (I'm not including Fake Sigi with this group, first because he doesn't have a blog page there, and second, because while he's ideologically in step with much of what the above writers have to say, he at least resorts to pithy refutation based on fact, and has sort of toned down the self-consciously clever ad hominem stuff recently).
Chances are, if you're a big time blogger and you write about MLS, and you think there is a lot of room to improve the league, expect a forceful rebuttal from any one of the above. No, not forceful, juvenile. Noxiously, self-congratulatingly so. So much so that any actual argument gets lost amidst all the cathartic, self-serving snark. For the most part, their approach isolates them from any meaningful engagement with writers with opposing views, in contrast to someone like Fake Sig who has engaged with several writers of opposing views, some more civilly than others..
Witness Aaron Stollar's post (via Fake Sigi) on Kartik Krishnaiyer taking up a communications position with the new NASL. Kartik has a lot to say about the USSF, a lot of it based on based on hearsay, much of it based on a particular opinion on the way US soccer has been managed. Like all opinionated soccer writing, there's a lot to take issue with.
Yet Stollar's piece doesn't provide an any substantive reason why Kartik shouldn't be working for NASL. The post is headlined with a crudely doctored "For Dummies" style cover, and the high school newspaper op-ed-style doesn't stop there. Witness the total lack of self-awareness in the writing here: "Let's see, he hated MLS Soccer News Topics with the passion of 1,000 suns, primarily because they bailed on his home of South Florida and Florida in general. His views on the US Soccer FederationLet's see, he hated MLS Soccer News Topics with the passion of 1,000 suns, primarily because they bailed on his home of South Florida and Florida in general. His views on the US Soccer Federation Soccer News Topics more resemble those on a 9-11 Truther message board than of those of a responsible writer. more resemble those on a 9-11 Truther message board than of those of a responsible writer."
"The passion of a 1,ooo suns"? The chiding of Krishnaiyer for not being a "responsible writer" in light of most of the rest of stuff here is pretty funny. Soccer News Topi" f df A taste:
"As an aside, how many different websites did Kartik maintain, write for and show up on? He had like 74 different gigs, didn't he? He was like herpes in that way." Oh, the hilarity. Wait, what does Kartik think about MLS exactly?
"If you think hiring a meathead like Kartik will help your league gain mainstream media attention in any way, you're delusional." Yeah, what an asshole! So, really, what is it you disagree about again?
"Let me make it clear that I am not saying that Kartik shouldn't have written what he wrote. It's America, obviously he can write what he wants to all legal extents. But, it doesn't mean I can't call him a moron for writing what he wrote. Censorship is wrong, but abject idiocy is nearly as bad." Yeah, you give credit to the fact he's allowed to blog, but really, fuck him. So what did he write again, exactly?
This is kind of the general tone for pretty much the entire site, and the comments section unabashedly praises the post, except for one or two dissents which are followed ravenously by one apologist or another.
Basically, Fake Sigi, it's time to write an epic post defending your association with the tone—not the opinions, the tone—of Big Soccer. These are grown up writers, presumably. Why are they not able to defend their position like grown-ups?