Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
Isn't too bad, but realistically it is really hard to find football discussion at the same level as baseball on the internet.
I think the other part of the reasons that football discussion boards are so awful is because the "reaction" noise is so much worse.
In a 16 game season, a 2 game losing streak seems like the end of the world, and most boards find their fans ready to either jump into traffic after losses. Talk turns to firing the head coach or GM at the first sign of trouble and benching players after a bad quarter. Announcers and Analysts feed into this -- a good victory in Week 1 turns the talk towards "They're going to win it all", a bad loss in Week 2 and suddenly the talk shifts to "Will this coaching staff survive the season?"
With baseball, it's much easier to take a macro view. You'll see a player suck for 10 games running and refer to it as a "slump" that will be played through. You can evaluate things month to month instead of game-to-game.
Plus, I think the demographics work against football. Most baseball boards I read seem to have a good mix of people from all age groups -- young, middle-aged, old, and RFS62. That tends to keep discussion on a fairly even keel. That doesn't exist as much on NFL boards I've visited, which it seems skew much younger.
Just my thoughts, at any rate.