In tennis, you're either a Fed-fan or a Fed-hater.

BlueB

Legend
Not at all. I'm Nole's fan, but appreciate Fed's game and achievements. I cheer for him whenever he plays Nadal.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
In Tennis you are either a KFC guy or a Chick-Fil-A....

@MichaelNadal your thoughts....
KFC has more variety with their chicken. I can always go for Original, and then there's the nashville hot tenders, etc :D Chick Fil A's spicy chicken deluxe is every single thing, and their new baked mac is amazing. Can't choose :p Chick fil a is more consistent though, it's always good. KFC is hit and miss.
 
KFC has more variety with their chicken. I can always go for Original, and then there's the nashville hot tenders, etc :D Chick Fil A's spicy chicken deluxe is every single thing, and their new baked mac is amazing. Can't choose :p Chick fil a is more consistent though, it's always good. KFC is hit and miss.
Once the mighty dinosaur; now a mere vessel for gristle-ish delights.
 

alexio

Hall of Fame
KFC has more variety with their chicken. I can always go for Original, and then there's the nashville hot tenders, etc :D Chick Fil A's spicy chicken deluxe is every single thing, and their new baked mac is amazing. Can't choose :p Chick fil a is more consistent though, it's always good. KFC is hit and miss.
pepsi or coca?:D
 

RiverRat

Semi-Pro
I don't find myself rooting for the guy, but he's been the greatest tennis player of his generation to watch. I can't imagine the OP really thinks most tennis players think that way. I'm amazed by the devotion to some and the hatred of other tennis players on here. I don't think those who have this kind of dialectical opposition are true tennis afficianados, more fan boys.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
I don't find myself rooting for the guy, but he's been the greatest tennis player of his generation to watch. I can't imagine the OP really thinks most tennis players think that way. I'm amazed by the devotion to some and the hatred of other tennis players on here. I don't think those who have this kind of dialectical opposition are true tennis afficianados, more fan boys.
It is true: you can like Federer for his all encompassing tennis presence. Hate on the other hand ...

:unsure:
 

Gorecki

G.O.A.T.
KFC has more variety with their chicken. I can always go for Original, and then there's the nashville hot tenders, etc :D Chick Fil A's spicy chicken deluxe is every single thing, and their new baked mac is amazing. Can't choose :p Chick fil a is more consistent though, it's always good. KFC is hit and miss.
can't argue with that... Bojangles FTW... (or maybe my distant memory of it ftw)
 
I don't find myself rooting for the guy, but he's been the greatest tennis player of his generation to watch. I can't imagine the OP really thinks most tennis players think that way. I'm amazed by the devotion to some and the hatred of other tennis players on here. I don't think those who have this kind of dialectical opposition are true tennis afficianados, more fan boys.
Oh, most certainly not the players. Sure, losing to him likely gets old. But they recognize that they are walking with an immortal.

The message is primarily directed to the keyboard warrior crowd. 'Cause we're 'boardin' it up in here, natch. :)
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I don't think those who have this kind of dialectical opposition are true tennis afficianados, more fan boys.
The moment Djokovic retires is when 90% of his fans disappear and never watch another tennis match. This is not an observation tainted with malice, it's simply fact. None of them know anything about tennis history or care one thing about it. There are a number of outstanding Nole fans here, everyone knows who they are and respects their input here. The rest are far more into hating on Fed 24/7 even when he has played only 6 matches this entire year. One would suppose it's envy and jealousy. When Novak passes Fed for weeks at #1, it will be much more about embracing the Fed envy/hatred for most of them, than being happy for their guy. It's a bizarre and sad way of fandom, but it's ubiquitous in that particular fan base.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
The moment Djokovic retires is when 90% of his fans disappear and never watch another tennis match. This is not an observation tainted with malice, it's simply fact. None of them know anything about tennis history or care one thing about it. There are a number of outstanding Nole fans here, everyone knows who they are and respects their input here. The rest are far more into hating on Fed 24/7 even when he has played only 6 matches this entire year. One would suppose it's envy and jealousy. When Novak passes Fed for weeks at #1, it will be much more about embracing the Fed envy/hatred for most of them, than being happy for their guy. It's a bizarre and sad way of fandom, but it's ubiquitous in that particular fan base.
Sure
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
The moment Djokovic retires is when 90% of his fans disappear and never watch another tennis match. This is not an observation tainted with malice, it's simply fact. None of them know anything about tennis history or care one thing about it. There are a number of outstanding Nole fans here, everyone knows who they are and respects their input here. The rest are far more into hating on Fed 24/7 even when he has played only 6 matches this entire year. One would suppose it's envy and jealousy. When Novak passes Fed for weeks at #1, it will be much more about embracing the Fed envy/hatred for most of them, than being happy for their guy. It's a bizarre and sad way of fandom, but it's ubiquitous in that particular fan base.
This is about as much fact as the Russians landing on the moon first.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
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I'm shocked, MN! Gotta be Pepsi forever. :p
I still like Pepsi, I just don't despise Coke anymore :D

can't argue with that... Bojangles FTW... (or maybe my distant memory of it ftw)
I must get some Bojangles when im in the Carolinas this week. My main issue with KFC is their sides, their potatoes are good sure, but their mac, green beans, slaw, etc are abysmal. Bojangles, Popeyes and Chickfila all have great sides.



Bojangles dirty rice :love:
 

RiverRat

Semi-Pro
I can't speak to all of the mutations of fandom in this forum but have noted other iconography here. It's sadly divisive because if one does not share all of their opinions on a specific talent, while even agreeing with the player's overall mastery, they are shouted down as a hater. It squelches discussion.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I still like Pepsi, I just don't despise Coke anymore :D



I must get some Bojangles when im in the Carolinas this week. My main issue with KFC is their sides, their potatoes are good sure, but their mac, green beans, slaw, etc are abysmal. Bojangles, Popeyes and Chickfila all have great sides.



Bojangles dirty rice :love:
I miss Bojangles sooooo much. I wanna go back home to Carolina for Thanksgiving but I can't. :cry:
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
Everyone here knows I am a Fed fan but truthfully I love tennis more than I love him. I've watched for more than 20 years before he came along and assuming I live that long, I will be watching it still for more than 20 years after he retires. I consider it a huge privilege to have found the best sport in the world to watch.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
most important event that everybody was talking about and trying to do back then was to go into outer space.. and russians did it first:D
I believe the USSR's Luna was the first to touch the surface of the moon. Different than a human physically landing on top of the moon.
 
most important event that everybody was talking about and trying to do back then was to go into outer space.. and russians did it first:D
Sputnik ushered in an era of many, many consecutive defeats for USSR at the hands of the United States of America.

And that tradition carries on even today. On tennis message boards.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
Anybody that's as popular as Federer is always going to catch some hate. I knew several people in the 1980s that got sick of Wayne Gretzky. The excuses that were made to discredit him were ridiculous. Likewise, I saw that for Michael Jordan as well. It goes with the territory of being that popular.

Guys like Federer, Jordan, and Gretzky had their fair share of haters. That'll happen when you are the most popular. It comes with the territory.
 

Tiki-Taka

Rookie
Rarely heard people speak negatively about him (not counting toxic comment sections and forums). His game is easy on the eye, and he seems like a nice guy off the court as well. Plenty of praise and compliments to give to Federer. But there are players I prefer over him.
 
Anybody that's as popular as Federer is always going to catch some hate. I knew several people in the 1980s that got sick of Wayne Gretzky. The excuses that were made to discredit him were ridiculous. Likewise, I saw that for Michael Jordan as well. It goes with the territory of being that popular.

Guys like Federer, Jordan, and Gretzky had their fair share of haters. That'll happen when you are the most popular. It comes with the territory.
My read on it is that it's even more binary in individual sport, though.

The older school may be more resentful in a traditional sense. Obliteration of records, etc.

But the newer school embraced more of what I would characterize as "pure salt." Fandom born of brine.
 
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