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Let's take a moment...

The crew of writers here at Turf Show Times is amazing. Each with a singular writing voice, they do their very best to inform and entertain the reader - without being paid. This site publishes something like a quarter million words or more each month, and the myriad of thoughts and opinions this staff comes up with isn't just impressive, it's close to breath taking.

As a member of the staff, the recent fan post rating the writers troubled me. If someone has a favored writer, it's great to hear. No one is above criticism, and we take the good with the bad. We touch on every aspect of the Rams and the NFL, so we - as writers - know we'll anger some at times. This is a universally held constant, and if you don't believe me take a look in the comment threads at NFL.com, CBS Sports, Yahoo Sports, ect...

Some people cross the line though. They make it personal, and attack a writer. This happened in the fan post I mentioned, and I've deleted it for this very reason. If you have a problem with what a staff member has written, let us know in the comment threads. If something is offensive to you, send Ryan, 3k, or I an e-mail, and detail why you find it so. If we concur, we'll contact the writer and discuss it.

Let me be clear - Brandon Bate is an excellent writer, and he's my very good friend. You all know me enough by now to realize I wouldn't stand for someone attacking ANYONE here at TST, let alone a friend of mine.

We as writers here, all wonder what you think about our work. It's human nature to be curious how others view what we do each and every day. I write a piece once a year about the TST staff, and I openly give you my thoughts on their strengths. We know we can do better, and strive to do so with each passing day. We trade e-mails among us, asking for help to improve the quality of work here at TST. Ryan has built a remarkable staff, and to my mind it's the best in the entire SBNation site network. We give you the broadest scope of writing - from breaking news and statistics, to in-depth analysis of individual players, with even the occasional Fiction piece thrown into the mix. We Tweet to you, we Facebook you... Did I mention the staff does this all for free? Hmm...

I have no problem with anyone having a favored writer here at TST. If the post in question had left off the drivel and simply put up a poll with names on it, his fan post wouldn't be in the interwebs scrap heap. But I draw the line at someone writing an entire fan post to mask their desire to attack an individual writer. It's just not going to happen here at TST...

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