I wrote a column Monday about soccer. I wrote that I appreciated the conditioning and skill that are required, wrote how mid-July is ideal for an unconventional sport to emerge, wrote how I tried to like soccer -- going to games, reading books about teams in Italy and England -- but failed. Also wrote how soccer fans often want others to love their sport the way they do.
I knew I'd get slammed by readers, and I have. So you're not all on vacation.
Some emailers were civil, recommending a soccer book I hadn't read, and in rare cases agreeing with me.
But most responses went like this: Nobody cares about your opinion.
I spent several hours Tuesday and Wednesday morning responding to readers who took time to tell me they didn't care about my opinion.
Gratifying, at least to me, is that when I responded, some of the angriest readers became courteous. They didn't expect a response.
I respond to every reader (eventually) unless -- they say the same thing in every email, strangely invoke dead people or post on a message board my response.
About opinions: I like to read opinions that support mine as well as those that don't. There are political columnists with which I always disagree, yet I read them. I don't need movie critics or sports columnists to like what I like.
Who lives in a world in which everybody agrees with everybody?