My hate for BruinsNation, and the point of this website

In case you guys did not know, I hate BruinsNation. And as far as anyone else can tell, so do other new UCLA’ers around the blogosphere, such as UCLA Football blog, “Bruin Pride” which is a fine football blog that hopes to be yet another “BruinsNation alternative” as the author puts it. And let’s not forget the UCLA fans that comment on other blogs (like Inside UCLA with Jon Gold) about their hate for that tunnel-visioned, crap-ass excuse for a blog.

Why do I hate that blog, you ask?

Because it isn’t what a blog is supposed to be. Sure, it has all the technical stuff like the ability to post constantly, write text, etc. I’m talking about some of the administrators failing to know what the essence of a blog is.  And what it is, is an opportunity for discussion between the blogger and the reader; for a multitude of perspectives to be considered, instead of the fixed mindset that BN embodies. A blog with the designation that BN has — to blog about UCLA sports and not be some sort of lame-ass collective action website — should discuss UCLA Athletics and not focus on a specific agenda.

Those who have read BruinsNation know: “Chianti Dan.” “Howlers.” “Neubs.” “Dorrelistas.” “#NoMoraDan.” And so on and so forth. For those that have not read BruinsNation? These are all examples of lingo the administrators force on their readers. Think Ben Howland deserves one more chance to prove himself in the form of one more evaluated season? You’re a “Howler” who has no idea what they’re talking about. Rebuttle by saying it’s your opinion and the administrator should accept it? You’re banned or your comment gets deleted while you’re lectured by some idiot who can’t use correct subject-verb agreement (but is somehow running a blog on SB Nation, an otherwise fine collection of sports blogs).

It wouldn’t be such a problem if the website didn’t represent itself as the voice of all UCLA fans. During the search for UCLA’s new head football coach, the admins were making it a point to delete and suppress all comments and posts that were in favor of a candidate the admins did not like. For example, Mike Belotti:

Speaking of “No’s”, another name that is repeatedly being mentioned is Mike Bellotti. We have repeatedly made the case here on BN about acceptable criteria for our next football coach, and Bellotti clearly does not fit. We are not going to waste another 3+ years with a retread coming out of the broadcasting booth who has been out of the game for several years.

Of course, when they mean “we” they are referring to the UCLA fan-base as a whole. A little odd that they want to speak on behalf of myself and other Bruins. Sure, Belotti would have been a shitty hire, but I would think they would want to have a say on that before having that forced down my throat.

And the day Jim L. Mora got hired? More of the tired-ass rhetoric that BN likes to push on its readers, this one from the douchebag behind it all, Nestor:

As for Mora here is his first official “message” to the Bruin community:

“As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem,” said Mora. “Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn’t present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin.”

He talks about “jumping,” yet apparently UCLA is not important enough for him to leave a BS comfy big with the NFL Network. Looks like he is off to a Dorrellian start. Oh, I am sure he is going to serve up BS on Monday about how he has always admired Coach Wooden. Someone should tell him not to pull that kind of gross and predictable cheap PR stunt.

Couple things to notice. First and foremost, his link to the news about Mora leaving NFL Network links to a post written by, you guessed it, Nestor himself. In that, he quotes (and strategically emphasizes) Jon Gold about when Mora would join the team (again, emphasis his):

Mora last coached at the college level in 1984 as a graduate assistant at Washington, where he played defensive back from 1980-83. After a lengthy career as an NFL assistant coach, Mora took over for Atlanta in 2004, guiding the Falcons to an 11-5 record an appearance in the NFC championship game. Mora went 15-17 for the Falcons the following two seasons and was fired and spent one season with the Seahawks in 2009, going 5-11. He has served as an NFL analyst since then and is expected to join the team once he finishes his broadcasting duties.

Keyword, dumbass: “Expected.” Speculation. You know — when there’s no word from the proverbial horse’s mouth?

Of course, we all know Mora asked for a waiver so he can begin recruiting while the incumbent squad and coaching staff prepared for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. And after a pretty crappy recruiting class, Mora now has the tenth-best recruiting class of 2012 according to Scout.com.

And then, there was the possibility that Jim Tressel would be hired by UCLA pre-show-clause order from the NCAA. Boy, did they try hard as hellto convince the rest of the fan-base to get on board with their agenda. They even conducted multiple polls worded as such:

Do you think UCLA should hire a disgraced cheater such as Jim Tressel – facing possible show cause penalty from NCAA – in any capacity to coach or consult the Bruin football program?

The results of that lovely poll? Sixty-five percent “yes,” four percent “NO,” and 15 percent “HELL NO!” (yes, there was a “HELL NO!” option), with over 1700 votes casted. (They asked again in a post isolating Tressel’s NCAA violations. “Yes” received a 73 percent vote with over 1000 votes in.) The admins then proceeded to flood their own comment section with things like, “You are all morally bankrupt” and had told readers to “prostitute themselves” in relation to the Tressel hiring. Classy. (Funny, considering the same assholes thought it was so classless for tight end Joe Fauria to make fun of LSU. And those admins are supposed to represent UCLA as alumni? Fuck them. Someone needs to strip them of their “UCLA Alum” status.)

Which, after 1000 words of whining about that sorry excuse for a “bl_g,” leads me to the existence of this website: To provide just one of many alternatives to BruinsNation. The network effects of that “bl_g” have saturated the UCLA blogosphere, and readers are basically stuck with the shit those guys write on a daily basis. After tonight, I’ve ceased posting comments on that website. It’s time that the UCLA blogosphere takes back its objectivity and openness for diverse opinions, and time for BruinsNation to stop embarrassing our beloved university by disgracing the blue-and-gold and demeaning the values that we, as Bruins, hold.

This blog will not seek to become the dominant, go-to UCLA Bruins blog. Instead, it will join other great fan blogs — such as Bruin Pride — to give readers alternative places to interact.

So with that, we give you the middle finger, BruinsNation.

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14 responses to “My hate for BruinsNation, and the point of this website

  1. Brilliant. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Nestor is a huge douchebag and that’s putting it nicely. I got banned for calling for Neuheisel to be fired before this season started. At that point the mods all hated me for it, but then this season happened and now anyone who defends Rick gets the ban. Bunch of idiots who don’t understand sports.

    And for the record Belotti would have been an excellent choice 🙂

  2. Thank you. Best of luck here. Go BRUINS!

  3. Love it. I got banned from the site for saying positive things about Tyler Honneycutt, because he went to my high school, and when I was made fun of, I made fun back, and got a 1 month ban. Been a BRO ever since.

  4. Thanks for the feedback, you guys. I’m as sick of BruinsNation as you are. Hopefully, the blogosphere doesn’t take their shit anymore.

  5. BN does provide a lot of good commentary on various UCLA issues, and like it or not many bruins do frequent the site. Unfortunately if you disagree with Nestor on anything its goodnight and good luck, you can’t “lecture” him on anything but he has no problem lecturing anyone on anything. Not a fan of that guy AT ALL, the blog was so much better when he was on his hiatus.

    • Problem never was that they aren’t right — Dan Guerrero *does* need to get fired and Ben Howland *should* be on the hot seat.

      I hate what they try to be. I hate that they use the blog as a foundation for collective action instead of SB Nation’s intended purpose — a UCLA blog with news and analysis. Instead, every post that they write has to do with the same thing, over and over again, so as to “stay on message” and make sure everyone conforms to that ideal. People were getting banned left and right a year or two ago calling for Rick neuheisel’s firing. But just recently, I got banned for giving Rick a chance when we beat ASU.

      They think they represent the entire UCLA fan-base, and they talk a lot of garbage about how apathetic Bruins are. We’re not apathetic — I think many of us are just sick of having to deal with their idiocy. The childish “Chianti Dan” attacks. The stupid labels the admins use for people who think a certain way (i.e. “howlers” or “neubs” or “dorrellistas). A blog is about giving commentary and embracing it. They only give, but refuse to embrace unless it furthers their agenda. If it does not, they ignore it and/or (most likely) delete/suppress it. It’s fucking stupid.

  6. It’s the perfect site if you’re a:
    a Bruin (not enough to just be a life-long Bruin FAN, though);
    a lawyer;
    a liberal;
    a 49ers fan (probably enough just to be a FAN of the Niners in this case, though, without having played or worked for them);
    a person who likes to discuss esoteric “meta-points”;
    a person who knows BruinsNation “isn’t a message board, it’s a BLOG (you f’ing idiot!!”).

    The site would be infinitely better without Nestor and a very few other “front-pagers.”

    They have a lot of great info, a lot of great posters. Too bad there are a couple of arrogant a-holes who ruin the place.

    $100 says they’ll read this article and commentary and blow it off as “you’re just jealous of us.” Nestor = Mike Garrett.

    • Want to know what’s hilarious? They wrote what I believe is a reactionary blog post to my original blog post. I’m writing up a “response to a response” blog post. I’ve been banned and that blog post has received nearly 700 hits, which is crazy considering I only posted it on Reddit. Other Bruins got a hold of it, posted it on Bruin Report Online at Scout.com and there was even a fanpost on *their* site entitled “Food for Thought.” (odds are, though, it got taken down.)

      There is no question that they know what’s going on at UCLA. About 75% of the stuff they say is on-point. It’s the 25% radical shit they say, and the rhetoric they’re trying to push on others, and the superiority complex that many of those “front-pagers” have.

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  8. I just found this blog by googling, “I hate BruinsNation.” Now I see that unfortunately that you moved to another blog. I really hope you keep this up and provide quality content so that SBNation eventually shuts down that other place.

  9. I can’t remember the last time I went to bruins nation.com. Too negative.

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