Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Most baseball boards I read seem to have a good mix of people from all age groups -- young, middle-aged, old, and RFS62.
You and RedsFaithful make some very good points. I can remember several times during a baseball game-thread a poster would say something like, "The pitcher really set up his splitter well with that fastball on an 0-1 count," or "His release point seems to be a little late and that accounts for his wildness. He needs to make an adjustment," or things to that effect. I have never once during a football game-thread seen somebody say, "That swim move the DE made was perfectly timed and allowed him to get to the QB," or "The LBer hit the A-gap like he was shot out of a cannon." I think the depth of knowledge each sport's fans have are miles apart (at least on the internet) which makes it easier for a board like RZ or SOSH to exist, but much harder for their football equivalents to come about.
As for the noise reaction, yeah, that's why I can't even read the game-threads at those other football boards. Post after post on how a player (or coach, or a certain owner) sucks - even if it's true - isn't what helps to make a discussion board great. In fact, it only brings it down. There may not be as much activity on Bengals threads here as there are on the other boards, but I get much more out of reading RZ posts than I do the others', whether I agree with it or not.