As for Matteau, I've felt from the beginning that he was here to troll. I get that he engaged in intelligent discussion with some of the posters, but he was clearly here to get a rise out of everyone. He was only here to big up the Rags on a Devils board, which is silly and rather annoying. It'd be one thing if he was gracious after losing, instead he disappears. I can't even imagine the "I told ya so" crap he'd be posting now.
I don't think of Matteau as a pure troll, but agree that he liked stirring the pot. And I agree 100% that he would've been intolerably brutal had his team won the series. If he had just poked in here to say "Nice series, sucks that we lost, see ya later", I would've been fine with him.
The problem with Manta isn't that he defended his opinion on Kovalchuk, it's that he shouted it in virtually every thread about the Devils. We all knew his opinion on Kovy but he kept shoving it in our faces when it wasn't even relevant to the discussion, which is a lot different than just defending it.
I like Manta too...but whether he wanted to come off this way or not, along with beating his feelings about Kovy into the ground in one too many threads, almost to the point of becoming a characature (sp?), it was beginning to seem like he wanted to see the Devils and Kovy fail just to prove his point. Quite a few posters were not on board with the Kovy signing, and I was one of them, but Manta was becoming shrill about it. And I think that wasn't the "real" Manta...he was an excellent poster in the football threads, and I have had several pleasant conversations with him, both public and private, as well as some great debates. I would love to see him contribute again. Manta can have some extreme observations at times, but the board is better with him than without him.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 28 May 2012 - 07:15 PM.