When someone on multiple occasions says my take on the coaching last season was hyperbole...I'm basically being called out on my position. It wasn't an exaggeration. As for me mentioning my "credentials" I'm giving a basis for what I'm forming my opinion against - personal playing experience as well as lots of time spent around coaches and having done some coaching myself. I sat court side at every Marquette game while at MU, coached at ONeill and Deanes camps, sat 1 seat down from Mike Dunleavy and Chris Ford for 41 home Bucks games per year for 3 years while at MU...so I've seen and been a little closer to the action than many have...and when I said worst coaching performance I'd seen in 30 years I meant it.
No it doesn't take having played the game at a high level or been exposed to it at a high level frequently to allow someone to make a good point on the game - yet my exposure to the game is what it is and has been. Generally when people seek the opinions of a person in any field, they value those slightly more of someone who had a high degree of experience in the field. I've said before I'd never weigh in with any kind of passion or authority on something like band, an instrument, or sport such as wrestling which I have no experience in - and I'd put a little more credibility in with someone who has participated extensively in those endeavors of I were engaged in a discussion on such a field/sport/skill.
Let your experience speak for itself. Experts in the field don't need to tell everyone they are experts in the field. They simply speak and because they have so much experience, their points are better and more accurate than the novices. Those who try to hammer (I liked MU82's description) others with experience usually just end up hurting their own cause.
Again, you make really good points Ners. But the extra stuff you though in there really turns others off.