Originally Posted by eriadoc
Speaking only for myself, hatred is way too strong a word. I don't wish the man any real harm, including being ripped off like he has been. As I said upthread, I feel a little bad for him. What I think has been reflected in this thread by myself and others is a reaction based on a few things:
1.) Vindication: There were a lot of us who didn't want VY taken by the Texans, and it had nothing to do with Mario or Bush. I was hoping for Ferguson, as a few long-timers may remember. Irrespective of anyone else's performance, I did not think VY would be a good NFL QB. And as fans, we were basically told what idiots we were and that we were awful people for not supporting the hometown guy. Then the people calling us idiots showed up to a home game vs. the Tacks wearing VY jerseys. So yeah, this whole ordeal is just one more giant FU to the VY nuthuggers that pissed me off back then. That's not really directed at VY, but he's at the center of it, of course.
2.) A desire to see the man get a dose of humility: There's some envy involved (I'll hit that next), but not nearly as much as you'd think. Most people don't go around complaining about how Matt Schaub just signed a ridiculous extension because of the money. They may be concerned with the health concerns, performance issues, etc., but not too many people complaining that Schaub bought a mansion somewhere, or whatever. Contrast that with VY or any of the other ego-driven failures in big sports. These guys hit the genetic lottery and the football jackpot together. So to see someone not only waste God's gift, but also to be such an egomaniac (see VY quotes I posted upthread), it rubs people the wrong way. Be thankful for the good fortune you've received in life and honor those gifts by going out and trying your hardest. I don't think anyone but the last few deluded souls believe that VY has tried his hardest or taken responsibility for his career yet.
3.) Envy - I throw this in here because it's inevitable that people will be envious of people in a better station of life than themselves. VY made a crapload of money, so yeah, I'm envious. But I'm envious of Bob McNair for having a crapload of money. Name any other ultra-wealthy guy and I'm envious of them, too. I'd like to have allt hat money. But you don't hear me saying bad things about other ultra-wealthy guys, do you?
Truth be told, I really don't care much at all one way or another about VY. As I said upthread, this is all just message board fodder. I haven't talked about VY with a single person in my real life. I haven't cared enough about him to raise the topic with any of my friends that I BS around with, and they haven't cared enough about him to raise it either. I'll come on here and post because I enjoy the banter, but it affects my life not one bit. VY doesn't raise my B.P. one single point, so hatred is way too strong a term, and hell, I'm not even sure animosity isn't too strong.