We all can learn something by really looking at the recent hater assault on Teddy. So no matter how pissed my wife gets, I'm taking the time on a holiday Sunday to explain it.
Usually the amount of hate a pick seller receives is in line with his fame. Teddy is a famous handicapper. National TV, radio and print. So, haters with 84 followers on Twitter feel a great passion to try to take him down.
We know exactly who many of these haters are - individuals notorious for misrepresentations and vile personal attacks on social media. Our techs could stop them from posting in our forum with a click of a button. But we don't do that - they are free to post here as long as they follow the rules.
Why allow people who have it out for the Pros to post in a Pro's thread? Shoot, the Pros sure as me that question enough! LOL. It's because Pregame learns from legit criticism. Criticism that's not utter BS helps us find the areas that still need improvements. Plus it proves to the world that nothing is hidden - that every part of Pregame is open to public discussion - even the opinion of known liars.
That's why the haters can't win. Heck, they can't even get anyone but each other to pay attention to their bullshit. You have to wonder about the amount of denial it takes not to hate themselves over the hundreds of hours of their lives lost trying to spread lies on the internet about handicappers. LMFAO. It's not like they're dumb, so they know they could have done something productive with that time.
The haters failure to convince any reasonable person drives them even crazier. Each day they see Pregame gaining more and more followers, which makes them feel even more insignificant. So they get desperate and break the forum rules. It's easy to lie on Twitter. No so much when accusations require proof. This time they posted an unverified W/L record and saying it’s Teddy’s.
There’s a very good reason unverified records are not allowed.
Transparency at Pregame is total. Every pick. Every Pro. Forever. Free for all to see.
This total transparency gives customers total access to the info they need to compile any and all records they want to help them decide which Pros to follow. And when it comes to promotions, the rules are simple. Pros are allowed to promote the truth. Promoting the truth in an appealing way is a core of capitalism.
When a hater promotes a Pro's record, you can be sure it will be cherry picked to be the opposite of appealing. Cherry picked to be an accusation. Many would say it wouldn’t make business sense for Pregame to allow that no matter what. But picks selling pre-Pregame had a shady history. We know we have to earn trust. Prove that Pregame is different. Even if it means allowing negativity in our on community to a degree no one ever has in this industry. To a degree few businesses in any industry allow.
But allowing lies to hurt our Pros doesn’t help anyone.
Most attempts to post unverified record accusations provide zero proof. Nothing more than numbers that make a Pro look bad.
On occasion a game list is provided along with the unverified record accusation. But like with most things, the devil is in the details. The difference between a losing bettor and the 55% winners goal of professional bettors is only 3 games out of 100. So imagine how easy it would be for a hater to manipulate a list of games by fudging the grading line of 1 out of 33 of them. 1 out of 33 games manipulated from a winner to a loser makes a winning pro bettor look like a loser. Hater mission accomplished. Or maybe manipulate just one line, and then add just one extra losing game while removing just one winning game. There's a lot of ways to lie and make a record look bad.
If we allowed these kind of unverified posts, the only way to prevent the manipulation would be for the Pro to manually audit every game and every line of every record accusation. There is no automated way to determine if a game-by-game list of games is accurate. The audit would have to be manual.
When one Pro is up against a dozen haters, his time which should be spent handicapping winners would be at the hater’s mercy.
This gaggle of haters could anonymously post a bad record accusation every day. Or even multiple per day. Once an account has been proven wrong enough, a hater could just start a fresh one. The Pro, protecting his one name, would be forced to spend hours auditing and correcting the accusations (time that should be spent handicapping winners) or if he didn't, he would have to accept the lies being promoted about him.
And even if he spends those hours to correct the lies, we all know accusations get the headlines, and corrections don’t get near the same interest. That’s why accusations are on the front page and corrections are buried in the middle of the newspaper.
Pregame always chooses more transparency when reasonable. But there’s no way that’s fair to the Pros to allow unverified record accusations to be promoted in our forums. That’s why it’s against the rules.
Oh, speaking of hater desperation, one last topic of the recent attacks. Teddy has been monitored for years by The Sports Monitor - the most respected independent monitor there is. That is a plain fact. So what do the desperate haters do? They attack the most respected independent W/L pick monitor. LMFAO.