Message boards. They are the worst thing that has ever happened to college football programs.
That is not up for debate. This is not an opinion piece, it is a un-deniable fact.
People in general are just nasty, dirty little anti-establishment creatures, I guess. There is something inside of us as a people that relish throwing stones at others.
So I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that when the internet comes along, people use it in nefarious ways.
If you have followed MakeItRainSports from the beginning you will know that we have never cared much for the anonymous trolling nature of message boards.
Today’s message boards are a written version of the bathroom/barroom conversations that have very little basis in fact and users try to build up their own ego by gathering attention rather than pass along factual information; because let’s face it, reality sucks sometimes.
Because message boards are a written record for anyone to peruse, it tends to hold more weight than a whispered joke in the back of a bar. The written word and ideas, no matter how ridiculous, can set off a “feeding-frenzy” and mob mentality rules.
The biggest problem for athletic directors at big colleges today is managing this anonymous, frustrating, sometimes hilarious, mob of people that really could care less about being fair or truthful, but just hate your program because of the color you wear or the town you are based in.
Of course not all message boards are equal, some are even more ridiculous than others. So the natural thing is to rank them right?
My criteria is the perceived distance from reality of the message board posters. Let me know how you rate these sites or others you have seen
5. Auburn – Inside The Auburn Tigers (Scout)
Auburn pre-Cam Newton was one of the more friendly and enjoyable fan bases in the SEC. You had to feel sorry for Auburn fans and the punishment they have had to endure over the years with all the national titles in Tuscaloosa.
But with the success of Newton, some Auburn fans have taken the nuclear option in dealing with other teams and have adopted a self-appointed crown.
Since Cam they have only had one season with more than 8 wins, including one season with only three. Has that corrected their hubris? Of course not, which is why ITAT is on the list.
4. LSU – Tiger Droppings .com
While, LSU has been a dominate program over the last 10 years or so, the fans are never satisfied. After a disappointing 8 win season (with a cancelled opener with McNeese State) fans took to leaving the stadium early and calling for the firing of Les Miles to a point that it would have happened if Jimbo Fisher wanted the job.
Tigerdroppings is the epitomy of crazy-football-fan-think. The only reason they are not higher on my list is that Les Miles does actually win 10-11 games a year.
3. Tennessee – Volnation .com
The worst thing that ever happened to Tennessee was Peyton Manning and Tee Martin. Tennessee fans have never gotten over the high of winning that national championship. They are like Alabama before Nick Saban, living off accomplishments of the past and doing so in an annoying fashion.
For some of the best “lowlights” of VolNation we turn to our friends at Reddit – Dumbest of VolNation
2. Arkansas – Hogville .net
Arkansas fans are interesting to me because I have never seen them as fully an SEC team or a SWC team. They have always been on the fence. At different times they have had huge rivalries with SWC/Big 12 teams and SEC teams.
Arkansas’ biggest problem as a fan base is they have no real in-state rival so they feel like they should be a powerhouse but they just aren’t that good and the fans are not willing to accept that.
This bunch of message board posters are ruthless however and have dug into the cell phone records of head coaches and their possible lovers. Deadspin agrees, Arkansas fans are insane.
1. Mississippi State – EliteDawgs .com
These geniuses think they are experts on Ole Miss more than their own team. This group is so bad at “message board-ing” they got kicked off an already crazy message board at SixPackSpeak because they were too crazy (if that’s possible).
So now, left to their own devices and with no real moderators they have developed conspiracy theories that would make Ancient Alien Theorists’ turn their heads.
Current topics being discussed are the secret Ole Miss recruiting booster network that has a recruiting cash budget of upwards of $2 million dollars in cash to pass to recruits. And of course they think the NCAA is close to shutting Ole Miss down….
Un-Honorable Mentions: All teams have “those type of fans” that seem to have lost touch with reality and don’t care who knows. The following fan boards fit into the typical irrational love for their team.
Alabama – Bamaonline.com
Ole Miss – OM Spirit.com
Florida – Gatorcountry.com
Georgia – Dawgrant.com
Editors Note: The worst boards posted above are public boards and while there are no doubt some worse private boards we will at least give them credit for trying to hide their crazy.