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Open Letter to Daily Norseman

Dear Daily Norseman,

 

This letter is in response to your recent postings at your website.  The rhetoric and postings at your site have set back the legitimacy of the entire sbnation network of sites.  In a month where sbnation has gotten more positive publicity then any time before your actions have been childish and without merit.  This week sbnation was proud to have Ben Jones of Black Shoe Diaries appear on MSNBC, ESPN, and ESPN radio in the wake of the saga of Penn State, and the Daily Norseman decided to follow that up with outlandish claims. 

Many of these sites have taken on their own personality, much of which is the personality of the authors and contributing writers.  I personally have thought that this network is a great place to interact with fans of my team when I am displaced from the home of the fan base.  The growth of these sites is both exciting for the readers and the authors as it gives them a new opportunity. 

I must say I do not see the same opportunities coming for the writers at Daily Norseman. Your outlandish claims that a restaurateur tried to commit attempted murder based on a twitter statement made by a player is both inappropriate and irresponsible.  Your open letter to ESPN although with merit is short sighted and uneducated.  In case you haven’t watched MNF football in the last three weeks you will realize that the opening has been exclusive to the home team.  In case you haven’t watched MNF in the last three years you would notice the Gruden falls all over the winning team in every airing.  I agree with that fact that it may be time for the WWL to look into a new broadcasting combo but this is of no direct result of some love affair that they may have with the Packers.  This is simply the norm. 

As an author and “keeper” of an sbnation site your obligation to your community and the sbnation community as a whole is much greater than that of the general contributing public.  Your calls of warning that anyone from APC would be banned based on commenting on your post is immature.  I understand that every community has its own bad apples, people who are “trolling” or directly trying to incite at a rival community.  However, for you as a writer at a sbnation to openly call out those who have a differing opinion of you and foster a community of intolerance should not be accepted.  You have a responsibility to promote discussion, maintain the status quo, and not incite other members of your community.  I contend that your actions in the last 24 hours have been no better than those of the few bad apples that you have so publicly complained about. 

I have read a number of your articles and always enjoyed reading articles at your site and those of other NFL teams.  I am a football junky and love to get the fans perspective.  However, I really think you should reconsider some of your outlandish claims and actions.

 

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