Excellent post, I wholeheartedly agree.Passionate fans are one thing. But often, I cannot follow and understand discussions because of the exaggerated bashing, which leads to major logical contradictions. This is especially true when it comes to big 3 discussions. E.g. If "the other two bug 3" apart from your own favourite are garbage all the time, your own man becomes less of a man.
Overdoing trash talking and creating a bit of a toxic environment is sometimes part of sports. But There is a fine red line between adding excitement through passion and reaching a point of toxic negativity that drags the whole sport down. Clickbait, insults and trolling lead to clicks and polarization but it's not necessarily the positive excitement that sports bring. It's just teen angst amplified by social media.