I didn't say that. In fact I went out of my way not to say that. I said if you stop buying season tickets because they got ride of one player you aren't a diehard fan. The last part is the key part. I have freely admitted that there might very well be more reason that people gave up tickets than just letting Peyton go yet as foolish as it would be for to assume that everyone who gave up tickets did it it for that reason it would be equally as foolish to think that no one gave up tickets for that reason.
Not really, though.
You said a die hard fan sticks with the team "no matter what." Setting aside people who can't afford to anymore, that indicates that anyone
who stops buying season tickets because they don't like the direction of the franchise isn't a die hard fan.
He didn't say they did anything wrong. He just said it was them who walked away from the Colts not that the Colts walked away from them. Again I don't think he was trying to say anyone did anything wrong. I think he was just stating what happened not casting judgement right or wrong.
Again, it's kind of hard to hide his intent:
And I don’t buy the idea the Colts have abandoned their fans. If anything, the fans abandoned the Colts. I’m talking about the fair-weather fans who bailed the minute Peyton Manning walked out the door. The Colts have given them more than a decade of excellence, but the minute the team fell, a lot of fans scattered, a good 13 percent of season ticket holders.
To me, judgment is pretty clearly being cast. And he's made his opinion on this clear more than once.
I disagree with that again I never said all fans who stopped buying tickets weren't diehard fans and neither did Kravitz. I have said and Kravitz said in the blog the ones who stopped buying them because of one player being let go were not diehard fans. I have admitted again that there are other reasons fans may have given up tickets but I don't think that everyone gave up their tickets because they just couldn't afford them anymore after last season. I think there were other reason's as well that caused fans to give up tickets such as Peyton not being here anymore or not wanting to spend money on a losing football team. Frankly that's up to the people that is well with in their right to do so. I am just saying if that is the reason they choose not to attend games anymore then they aren't diehard fans by the very definition of the words diehard fans they are people who stand by their team when things look bleak. If you are giving up tickets because you don't want to see them lose anymore or because the super star QB then you aren't a die hard fan. There is nothing wrong with not being one either. I am also in no way saying those people are wrong for doing that.
I've read Kravitz's words again and again, and it's pretty clear what he's saying: If you're among the 13% of season ticket holders who didn't renew, you abandoned the Colts. You "scattered" after a decade of excellence. He makes no distinction regarding the myriad of reasons a fan might stop buying tickets, and lumps them all in as disgruntled Manning defectors.
Now I've also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with not being one. Frankly I think we are way over too sensitive to people saying someone isn't a die hard fan on here. For whatever reason on here people seem to have defined there are only two types of fans diehard fans and bandwagon fans and if you aren't one you must be the other and that simply isn't the case. You can be a fan of something without fitting into one of those two groups. ... Not being a die hard fan doesn't equal being a bandwagon fan automatically.
I'm not sensitive about it, but I think people would do well to recognize that labeling someone as not a die hard fan has a negative connotation to it. You may not think so, but plenty of others do. It's kind of like how calling someone ignorant isn't necessarily an insult, just a statement of fact, but most people are insulted when called ignorant.
I think Kravitz views it as also unfair for the people who label the Colts as the ones who abandoned the fans as well when they never told anyone they couldn't be fans of the team. It was probably poor word choice by Kravitz which is why I said I can understand how it would bristle some feathers. With that said I also think the Colts showed some horrible PR on this front and it shows they are going to have to get used to being more gentle with fans than they have been in the past. Anyone can do PR for a 12-4 team that is competing for a Super Bowl every year. The hard job is to do PR for a team who is rebuilding.
This is a straw man. Maybe not yours, maybe Kravitz's, but I don't hear a lot of fans claiming that the team abandoned them.
Maybe we'll hear that if games get blacked out, but as of right now, it's not something that's even in play.
I agree with you 100% on that point. They let Fox 59 tell the story rather than them controlling it. Of course the TV station grabbed the biggest headline that was going to get the most attention and frankly Fox 59 did a horrible job telling the whole story. With that said had the Colts made the effort to tell the story from the get go they wouldn't need to be back pedaling now.
Yup. Maybe they planned to make a statement later, but they should have been out ahead of this.
I don't think Kravitz would disagree with you on that point. With that said he didn't say all fans abandoned the team he was making it clear to say the ones who did so because of the lose of one player were abandoning the team and frankly he's right they were. "And I don’t buy the idea the Colts have abandoned their fans. If anything, the fans abandoned the Colts. I’m talking about the fair-weather fans who bailed the minute Peyton Manning walked out the door." That last sentence he said in there is the key part of it. He makes it known he's not talking about all the fans he's talking about the group that did it because Peyton isn't here anymore.
He lumps them all in together. More on this below...
People may not like it but if you stopped being a fan of the Colts becuase Peyton Manning isn't here anymore I don't know what else to say than yes you bailed on the team. No one likes hearing that but it's the truth. It also doesn't mean those who did are bad people either. People have to do what they have to do and that's fine. There is nothing wrong with being a Peyton Manning fan. Someone can be the most die hard Peyton Manning fan in the world and there is nothing wrong with that however it also means that if they stopped cheering for the Colts because he's not here they aren't diehard Colts fans either. Again nothing wrong with that. I happen to like the Giants because Eli is there when Eli is gone I may or may not like the Giants. I think i will still like them but I doubt I will follow them as close. I would take no offense to anyone telling me I am not a diehard Giants fan because they are right I am not.
With that said clearly not every Colts fan did that and infact most did not and Kravitz is rather senstive over the rest of the blog to those who did not going as far as to say he understands why they would be mad and pretty much rakes the Colts over the coals for doing a horriable job handling this on a PR front which is why I thought it was such a good blog by him. He did a good job of getting most of the story out there and why what the Colts was doing was right but how they told people what they were doing was wrong. The little line towards there end there isn't a major part of the blog it just struck me as being true. A lot of fans who stopped being Colts fans because Peyton is gone said the team walked away from them that's not true like Kravitz said in that situation if anyone walked from anyone because of Peyton being gone it was the fans. The Colts didn't tell those fans they couldn't buy season tickets anymore just because they liked Peyton Manning. That's what he was trying to say, they made the choice not to be Colts fans anymore. Again I don't think Kravitz was trying to cast blame or say anyone was right or wrong for what they did with that statement either I think he was just trying to say what happened. I also think in a way he was trying to stick up for those of us who have stuck with the team even threw all the changes over the rest of blog by pretty much saying hey the Colts should have done a better job of telling those of you who stuck with the team why they are doing this and I can understand why you are mad about how they did tell you.
Here's the problem with what Kravitz is doing:
He's long had an issue with the Colts, mostly with Bill Polian. I wrote about this before last season started, the relationship between the local media and bloggers and the front office, which I've always found strange (you have a winning team, but local media spent more time the past two years complaining about the management and their lack of access than they did talking about the historic run the team was in the middle of).
On this particular issue, he actually gets it: The Colts are doing the right thing by not lowering the blackout threshold, and he has an opportunity to help the fanbase understand it. But he still doesn't quite "get it." Instead of embracing that opportunity to be and ambassador for the Colts and tell the franchise's story, he spits on the people who didn't renew season tickets. These people are already upset because the team was terrible last season, Manning is gone, half of his supporting cast is gone, Irsay didn't handle the lead-up to the Manning decision the best way he could have, and now, the local fans are being threatened with blackouts. They feel like they've been stabbed in the back. Instead of assuaging them and addressing their concerns, he grabs the knife and twists it. You're the reason this is happening in the first place, and all because you're mad that Manning is gone.
And to the bolded, people who haven't renewed, for whatever reason, have NOT necessarily decided not to be fans anymore. I would venture to say that the majority of them are still fans, but don't like what the team is doing, and are voting with their dollars. It's all they have, aside from showing up and booing. Would that be better? Thirteen percent of season ticket holders are disgruntled fans -- but fans nonetheless. Don't challenge their fandom, especially not with regard to this issue. It's counterproductive, and it's insulting.
This blog post by Kravitz is just further proof that he doesn't get it. He had a chance to bridge the gap between the team and the fans, endearing himself to both. Instead, he poured fuel on the fire.