Mike White| Monday, May 25, 8:30
Sports message boards are quite popular among college fans. Rivals.com and scout.com have message boards for just about every team in the country and they are wildly popular.
Posters on the boards like to debate their sports team and the boards can sometimes provide worthwhile news. But posters are often out of control, with ridiculous, nasty and downright ignorant comments, ripping everyone from coaches, to players, to fans. Media members are a favorite object of the rips. The ridiculousness occurs on Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia boards. Sometimes the personal comments on people show such a lack of intelligence and class that they're downright laughable.
Why are posters so negative and nasty? Because it's easy. People are so brave to rip others when they don't have to put their names behind their remarks.
But one sports message board recently cost the Wisconsin basketball team a recruit, because the recruit read the nasty messages about him on the board. But don't let me tell the story. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com has a column on it. It's a great read. Here is a link to it