Today's featured comment comes from Almost Believin', who took offense to my end of the conversation about Sarah Palin being invited to drop the ceremonial first puck by the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night at the Wachovia Center:
Almost Believin's take: Sorry Mr. Schmuck, but you lost me with your comments in response to the Palin on Ice comments. In my opinion, your comments were out of line for a sportswriter. I might come back and read your stuff in the future, but I probably will not.
Pete's reply: Are you really that sensitive? I was told that the blogosphere was like the Wild West, where anything is fair game (within reason). Frankly, though I appreciate your participation, if you don't have the stomach for somebody disagreeing with you, I'm not going to shed any tears at your departure. I like a lively conversation and I'm not going to censor myself because some fans aren't tough enough to handle it. I'm tough enough to take criticism every day in this blog -- and I post all of it unless it libels someone else or includes words I'm not allowed to publish -- so I expect no less for from you. If you can't stand the heat, go ahead and get out of the kitchen.
Bonus Schmuck explanation: I'm a little surprised at the response to the Palin item, which was viewed by a lot of people as some kind of endorsement. In the item, I clearly questioned the contention by the Flyers owner that it was not a political event, and I cited the Philly.com poll that said 60-plus percent of the respondents disapproved of it. I didn't make a single, positive editorial comment about Palin. The only thing I can think of in the comments section that might have offended this poster was my criticism of another poster for calling Palin a derisive name. I would have done the same if he had directed that kind of verbal abuse to any of the candidates. I agree with some of the posters that it would be inappropriate of me to spend time on the blog trying to impose my political beliefs on anybody, and I will not do that. In that realm, I even bore myself.