Christian wrote:Welcome to the forum. Might I suggest for the next time to try and read through a few pages in a thread before replying. Asking for "the fanboys to give it a rest" makes no sense. The only person that could qualify as a fanboy would be me, all the others have either left or been banned. The majority of the discussion lately can be summarized by
a) more or less neutral fans expressing their hope to see Andy return to his previous level, in order to have another rival for Froome
b) the discussion on whether or not this is plausible to happen
c) certain posters continuously expressing their disdain for Andy (seeing that you are new to the forum, I won't bother you with a history lesson, but long story short there used to be a pro- and an anti-Andy thread and this "discussion thread" now includes both)
So again, besides me there are no fanboys that could go away, and I ain't goin nowhere so get comfortable
Again, welcome to the forum
I've read this forum since its inception. That's the funny thing about the internet. Something like 97-98% of readers never post.
Part of the problem here is on me. I simply wasn't clear enough. Rather than devoting bandwidth and newsprint to riders who are relevant, we get these stories on Andy, as you see yet again today on this site if you go to the homepage. That is driven by the fact that these outlets perceive there are people, quite correctly, that find this soap opera interesting. I do not. Foloowing Frank Vandenbroucke years after he was winning anything was interesting, I suppose, in a morbid, train wreck sort of way. There's nothing like that here, just an also-ran who hasn't done anything in years who sits anonymously in the peloton when he doesn't tangle with gravity. When he was "at the top," I found him to be an annoying whiner, along with his brother. More than a bit precious. Some of you undoubtedly disliked Armstrong. You wished him and his fanboys to go away because he and his followers bled into stories that really didn't involve him and were distractions. That's how I feel when I read a thread or a news story about an upcoming race and find discussion of this character. Did you also scold those folks who wished Lance and the fanboys to just go away?:)