It's National Signing Day, which means soon we no longer will have to suffer through the emotional ups-and-downs of a bunch of immature, self-important people seeking attention .
And then there are the recruits.
The Hater can't stand college football recruiting because of the special class of clowns who love it too much. They exist in a sad, dark little corner of the sports world, still mad because they got picked last on the playground.
This is a place where grown men (The Hater hopes women are smarter than that) creepily obsess over the decisions made by high school kids. It's a world populated by the kind of charmers who expect those kids to fulfill their fantasies by proxy, and who react with extreme butthurt when they don't.
These adults praise kids who choose to play for their school and thus allow them some vicarious pleasure and a much-needed boost in self-esteem. When those kids choose to play elsewhere, these same adults react with the kind of irrational rage The Hater once thought was unique to people who watch too much political coverage on cable "news."
Like with politics, sports has built an industry around these types. Check the recruiting message boards filled with fans obsessing over the decision-making process of teenagers. Fans stalk recruits on Facebook and Twitter. ESPN televises their games. Recruiting gurus (and, yes, newspaper reporters) constantly ask recruits about their decision so they can provide red meat for the geeks.
Quick quiz. You are a loser in life if:
You regularly visit message boards or go on Twitter to find out the latest report on which recruits are visiting which schools and if they had “good" visits.
Have ever said that “sources” told you a commit is flipping to your school.
Worry about your own star rating on a message board.
And if you take to social media to lash out at the kids who spurn your school, spitting mad because they “lied” and “betrayed” the old alma mater (assuming you even went to school there), then you need your butt kicked.
All of this nonsense is perpetuated by millionaire coaches who demand long-term commitments for scholarships that amount to one-year deals (while the coach waits to bolt for a better job offer). These coaches will use duplicity if necessary in their quest to get those commits, hold them to those pledges for as long as they don't get a better player, and simultaneously try to steal commits from other coaches.
The Hater isn't trying to say the kids are victims. The recruits are getting a good opportunity (though don't get The Hater started on the NCAA's sham amateurism, a front for low-cost labor). Some recruits love the hype and perpetuate it, but what the hell do you expect from teentyeagers?
They don't yet have the experience to understand that attention from a bunch of socially-stunted fools doesn't count for much. If The Hater were a coveted recruit, he would troll those tools every chance he got.
If you are one of those people who is way too into recruiting The Hater suggests you put down your phone, step away from the computer, turn off Twitter and go out and try to make some friends today.
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