Just my opinion jay cee. Optimism is fine. I think we all get optimistic at times. For example on Julius Jones being an upgrade over Hambone. I've not seen anyone get all up in the air about that. Does he have his doubters? Sure.
The problem lies in some people being optimists, some being cynics and the desire of each side to shut the other side up. In my opinion, that is a bad thing. Neither side is ever going to one up the other side. Neither side is likely to change the other side's mind about anything. Yet that is exactly what many are trying to do.
I am a good debater. jterrell is a good debater. We are on opposite sides on some issues. One in particular that drives this forum. I have not seen anyone change sides or change opinions because of anything JT or I have ever said. I've never received a PM saying, "Hos, I was a big fan of Q until you showed me the light." Nor do I expect to.
It's just never going to happen jay cee. People change their minds on issues when they are ready. Not when you beat them senseless with your opinions.
Therein lies the problem at least partially.
The other part of the problem is that too many people take offense to the fact that they can't make someone else see their logic or side of the coin. I mean they get flat out angry about it. The anger has led to more and more insults being mixed in with actual football debates.
I submit unto you that both sides display this, therefore anger is not pessimism because the "optimists" are just as angry.
There are a good number of people who have cynacism as an ally. I am one of those people. Where does it come from? I suppose it exists because every dream and good wish I have ever had has not come true. Fantasyland is a Disney creation. It's fun for some people. Staying grounded is just as much fun for others.
I think it is fine to be optimistic. In many ways even the harshest cynics on this forum are optimistic. I don't think anyone on this forum who is a Cowboys fan thinks we are going backwards. Isn't that optimism on a certain level?
The differing opinions shouldn't get in the way of healthy debate. The problem is, too many people do not want healthy debate. They want to state their opinion, call it fact, and have people believe in it like the ideas are prophecy. That is true on both sides of the fence. No one side of any issue is totally right while the other is totally wrong. That just doesn't exist on any issue, and especially on football.
I am pretty sure that quite a few of the pro Quincy crowd dislike me immensely because I am outspoken on him. I am fine with that. I bet many would find it curious that some of his staunchest articulate supporters are my favorite people to read on this forum. It's called love of the debate. Some people do actually enjoy it and enjoy each other because of it.
I for one, like your optimism. Especilly the last paragraph.