Originally Posted by GilleSimonAddict
Anyway, like I said. We know that Gilles is worthy and who cares what the haters think. And remember lalaland, we're on the same team here.
Sorry I don't mean to sound confrontational, but I guess when opposite opinion is presented, it's hard to sound mild and welcoming. I do not mean to offend anyone and if I came across as offensive, I apologize.
I argue, and with intensity. But I don't see argument as a confrontation. To me, it's just an exchange of opinions, and I like to argue not because I want to change other's opinion, but to present another perspective (my perspective, if that's different from yours) when looking at the same matter. I believe that if only 1 side of opinion is presented, ppl will tend to take that as truth (and I'm not saying that's how you form your opinion, also, sorry for generalization here, don't know how to say it without generalizing). What JMac said about Gilles, are they all truths? does it matter? cos the viewers who don't know any better will just take his words for it. What do they care anyway. While I can't go on TV to tell them another perspective, I just say it on here. Of course I do realize that I don't know Gilles either, everything I said it's just an observation, but I do think I study the subject in much better depth than JMac has and there should be some truth to it for what I've observed so far. I say my perspective to give ppl something else to think about just in case if they haven't thought about it from that angle already. By the same token, I could totally be too wrapped around at my own little world, only others' opinion serve as a check and balance to my own, so I appreciate yours too.
As for whatever the word pusher means originally, it's all good, but the fact is, the term is interpreted as a derogatory one nowadays, or by majority of ppl. Like a lot of words nowadays, what they mean don't equal to what they are perceived.
Telling you not to call him pusher is probably too strong a tone from me, I apologize. I should have just say I won't call him pusher because I believe that is a derogatory term. I may not like a lot of tennis players and their style out there, but I respect them all the same for getting to where they are at, even the top 500 is not easy to do, it takes commitment and determination. I mean, when I was young, I dream about being an athlete too, and look where I am, stuck in the office
. How many of us has dreams that didn't come true because we didn't try hard enough to carry them out? Calling them anything, pusher, ballbasher, serve bot, mug... to me is disrespectful. I know ppl on here always said it's for fun, don't take it seriously. Well, I'm just old school I guess. As for calling him pusher is just to be truthful, in your case it is. But we know most of the ppl who said the term mean it in a derogatory manner, therefore, it is just not a nice word to say, IMO anyway.
I know we are all fans of Gilles, but we have different opinions. To me, discussion is fun. Sadly, this kind of discussion only happens in the fan forum, cos GM is hardly a civilized place to carry out a rational discussion of any topic. Then again, I should know not everyone is like me. I'm sorry again if I came across as unfriendly. I love to hear what you have to say, I may not agree but I certainly won't hold it against you, and hopefully you don't hold mine against me