When you look up “opinion” in the dictionary, one of the definitions is “a personal view, attitude or appraisal.”
Well, it seems I’ve been taken to task by a reader for having an opinion and sharing my personal view.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Anyone who shares opinions on a weekly basis is sure to receive negative feedback on occasion.
I think what struck me in this instance was the fact that someone would attack another’s opinion by deeming it “foolish.”
I mean, how was I to know that if my opinion didn’t jibe with someone who has lived all their life with soccer that I wasn’t allowed to share it?
Or, that because it was different, it was foolish.
What exactly makes it foolish?
The fact is, I know I’m not the first person to suggest that shootouts seem an odd way to decide a match, or to suggest sudden death as an option. And I’m pretty sure I wont be the last.
Likewise, I was unaware that people were required to follow a subject for a certain amount of time before they’re allowed to form an opinion on that subject.
I mean, I wrote previously in this space that I’ve watched every World Cup since 1990.
Now, I know that’s only 24 years and seven World Cups, but surely it’s enough time for someone to form their own opinion.
And to top it all off, to be accused of being ignorant in forming my opinion is just flat out incorrect.
I’m not ignorant of the rules of soccer or other sports — I simply have an opinion that differs from that of the governing body. And, apparently, a reader.
One of the things this newspaper prides itself in is the publishing of differing opinions. I think it is one of its strengths.
However, I’ve been most impressed when the differences of opinion are shared without insulting the other person, which didn’t seem to be the case in this instance.
I certainly never insulted FIFA or anyone else who supports using shootouts to break ties, or suggested that others shouldn’t be allowed to be content with the way it is played.
I merely shared my opinion.