The " Wink and Nod Club " is composed of many frequent posters on this board who tow a certain line and show particular deference to Herve, the creator of this basketball board. This Club is a lot like The Republican Party. They have deities, dogmas and myths. Intolerance of outsiders is the norm. You automatically beome a member by having made any post to the general readership by including in the text a note to Herve. Hey, Herve what da ya think? Hey Herve, I agree with you. Hey Herve, his post "sucks". You get the point.
The deities are obvious. Herve is the supreme being. To be a charter member and in good standing, you must never disagree with Herve. You must think that he is the purveyor of all accurate knowledge about GW basketball. Despite the fact that he thought that Luke Hancock ( at GMU) was not much of a player and that Bryan Bynes could never contribute to a GW game. Herve rules supreme. Mea Culppas about past assessments not withstanding. His recent post that he would bet a significant amount declaring GW would finish over 500 pct. next year might leave many to line up and take this bet. I would. Other deities include Mike Hall and more recently Patricio Garino. You speak ill of Mike and the posters of the "Wink and Nod Club" wiill go for your jugular. I still remember reading Dolphin Michaels 20,000 word, seven page, detailed analysis on how good Garino was going to be. Exaggeration of point accepted. After, Patricio experienced an eight turnover game, the posts roared with silence. I do enjoy DM's posts, he has a good heart and cares about the program.
The "Wink and Nod Club" clearly includes Free Quebec, Ziik, MV and any poster who uses a "state" as a prefix to his posting name. Does Ziik really need to tell us that FQ knows basketball? Are we allowed to determine this ourselves? Does FQ need to tell us that GW will be better next year because GW lost so many close games this year. I always thought that losing teams lose close games. With time, and rosters and competition being diffrent next year, why should we not believe that the same results might not occur.
Secondly, this Club has dogma. Beware to any who criticize the GW program, the coaching staff or the direction of the program. Free thinkers, thoughtful posters and new posters are frequently not welcome. The "Wink and Nod Club" in my opinion is composed of followers and not leaders. Most, probably do not travel , read novels or are fluent in a foriegn language. Authors and inventors are not among this cadre. How can they be? They sit by there computers to instantly respond to posters not in the Club. A contrary post is never left unanswered.
Definitely, not mebers of the "Wink and Nod Club" are Poog, Thinker, Longing for Oscar, Monument and BM. LFO once commented that at a university gathering ML was bland and not very charismatic. Wow, the emperor wears no clothes. How can one not appreciate BM. He is the Jack Webb of this board. Just the facts "mame": just the facts. More should be like him.
Finally, the "Wink and Nod Club" perpetrates a myth. That is, by posting frequently and aggressively. offering their similar opinons, they represent the best of all loyal GW fans. By consulting my thesaurus, there was no better response than Hogwash! ( I wanted to keep this G rated ). Some avid fans never read this board. Some financial contributors could care less. When Dom Perno organized the GW Golf Outing over a ten year period to raise money for the basketball program, he commented that these board posters and presumable loyalists rarely supported this event. Playing golf was not the point.
The "Wink and Nod Club" is an optimistic group. They are not bad people. They provide some with a diversion and entertainment. They do provide basketball information. They sometimes say erroneous things as any of us can do. My biggest beef with the Club members is their intolerance shown to new posters and those that have differing opinons. Young posters, new posters, and disagreeing posters are uniformly lectured or dimissed as irrelevant. They are chastised as being too young , too new or too uninformed to have any pertinent knowledge about the program. You know nothing John Snow. Egret could not have said it better.
I am guessing that at about this time, the members of The "Wink and Nod Club" are about ready to respond. They are diaphoretic, pupils narrowed, palpitations evident, fingers are on their key board. I am ready. Let me have it boys.
Hey Herve, how did I do ?