Really? I can absolutely guarantee that no one is harder on Curtis Grant than Curtis Grant. Our fan site mumblings are no more than background noise to all these players and coaches who know FAR better than the 95% of us who have not competed at anywhere near this level. The reason we watch very young men play a game is to get caught up in the drama of it all, and the speculation of who is, or is going to be great, is, or may have underperformed to our expectations. And I haven't even commented on our slavish devotion to an educational institution and it's identity as a sports powerhouse???
Curtis Grant, and so many others like him CHOOSE to compete in this very environment because it challenges them as people to be their very best, knowing that once you're out there there is absolutely no where to hide if you fail or fail to live up to your own (and others expectations). We watch, comment, etc... because we get to succeed and fail vicariously through their efforts. It's great fun to make it all about us, but it's really all about them and their skills, stories and lives. Of course, if weren't so attractive to the masses, we'd all do something else on Saturday and Sunday, and these guys wouldn't be out there to start with.
So we cheer, speculate, ridicule, get heartbroken, swell with pride and a thousand other emotions all because of a completely vicarious experience that we have NO real part in. And you are pissed because a guy wrote an article saying a guy hasn't lived up to our expectations??? Go mow your yard.