edit: This poll is a result of an interchange between MD and myself.
Here is a short version of that interchange.
I find your charge that some fans are not honest and your implied assertion that you are honest to be particularly irksome.
First, the charge borders on the banal as there can always be some fans who are not honest.
Second, instead of painting with a broad brush, challenge those individuals who you feel are not honest.
If you are skeptical, I encourage you to go ahead and post a "Who will be a better NFL guard: DeCastro or Looney"?
Pre-draft, this would probably be a 99%-1% vote for DeCastro, and people would be relentlessly slamming the poll as the stupidest thing they have ever seen.
Post draft, my guess would be 60%-40% DeCastro, but there would be a lot of anti-DeCastro sentiment.
The point being that fans desperately want their players to succeed, and this alters their ability to make a fair judgment on a player. It is not an honest way to evaluate talent and future success. It is not criminal, it is human nature. But, it is not accurate.
I am skeptical. I followed your suggestion and created the poll. "Who will be a better NFL guard: DeCastro or Looney"?
[ Edited by buck on May 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM ]