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NEILYNG is one of REDREPORTER's greatest posters. In a posting career that extends back to the mid-90's as an AOL Reds Message board devotee, this principled and unpredictable maverick has pursued an often winding course across the Reds message board landscape.

He’s been a cult hero, a thread-topping leader, and all things in-between, remaining true to his own restless muse all the while. He's been banned and comeback more powerfully as ever. At various times, NEILYNG has delved into other message board areas.

His most significant post yet, posted at REDSZONE, singlehandedly took on Jim Bowden's legacy and took it apart flaw-by-flaw. A week later this post appeared in a John Fay column in the Enquirer — and one week after that Jim Bowden's reign of terror ended with his firing as GM of the Reds.

Several of his more popular posts - for example, The Eat a Peach series - contain some of his most passionate pleas for Reds fans to wake up and see the big picture beyond the same-old pablum that comes from the altar of the OPS, OBP, Runs Created, Sabr-Church. It is typical of NEILYNG that he followed his most polished and well researched posts, about why Bowden took the Cincinnati franchise back 10 years, with one of his most raw and unpopular, support of Dan O'Brien's moves to rebuild the mess he inherited. While he’s avoided sticking to one topic for very long, the unifying factors throughout NEILYNG’s peripatetic posting journey have been his unmistakable love for the Reds, his raw and expressive writing style, and his consummate Reds knowledge (both past and present).

NEILYNG’s posting career took flight in 1992 with the Reds Message Board area on AOL. He outlasted the many minions who tried to keep him from telling what was on his mind. The fact is that NEILYNG's themes from those early years quietly presaged a major direction that the Reds orgnaization would later see the need to take in the late 90's and in the 21rst century. In the 15 years since those first posts, NEILYNG has posted tirelessly, in any number of Reds areas (including the Enquirer, the Post, REDSZONE, Redleg Nation. the Reds Listserv and more). In addition to his prolific posting output under the name NEILYNG, he maintains at least two additional identities at all times in all of these sites to this day.

More lasting has been NEILYNG’s association with RedReporter. The mellower, more quiet side of NEILYNG surfaces under other names, notably BShakey (2003) and its sequel, Castellini (2005-2006). Some of these identities have also surfaced in other Reds posting areas/blogs.

The one entity that NEILYNG has come back to again and again, however, is RedReporter. He still posts there even to this day under different names. NEILYNG has termed his association with RedReporter “the essence of my Reds posting life. This is the core, the smoldering thing I come back to over and over again….If I had never done anything else, the RedReporter stuff would just stand on its own.”

Over the years, NEILYNG has made his mark as an incorrigible poster with a distinctive, unvarnished writing style. This will at times alienate some people. His long, passion-filled posts are his trademark — yet have caused times when he has been banned from Reds sites. NEILYNG simply dismisses this as par for the course, "If you really are going to go beyond a discussion like 'Adam Dunn is so cool' — then not everyone is going to agree with what you are saying. That has never ever been my aim and I think that is absolutely fine. Differences should not only be allowed, they should be encouraged. Some see these differences as something that should be banned. When I think about what is apparent with these people who have such a problem with me, I receive this affirmation rush that just tells me I'm really on the right track. I will never choose to post stuff that keeps me in the middle of the road, and if that gets me banned, so what. It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that I have never really gone anywhere. These bans don't mean anything, I don't stop posting.” He went on to say, “These people who have a problem with me are about as deep as a bird-bath. They can't control discussion on the Internet. They can't be so controlling as to keep me or anyone else from pointing out that Adam Dunn is not a wonderfully great player. God knows his performance speaks for itself. They can try — but that just shows how stupid they are to even try."

  • So all you critics sit alone. You're no better than me, from what you've shown. With your stomach pump, and your hook-an-ladder dreams. We should get together for some schemes. "One the Beach" Neil Young (1973)

During his checkered tenure at REDSZONE, during which NEILYNG was again banned by the site for allegedly inciting others, he wrote numerous posts that are among the best ever written. NEILYNG released post after post describing the then current state of the team. These posts were buoyant, and factual and ended up appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer just prior to Jim Bowden's dismissal. These posts mocked Jim Bowden and pointed out the awful time that he presided over the baseball operations as GM. Ironically, though he had been banned by REDSZONE, several of these posts are archived to this day as "must read" posts.

Throughout his self-described “bumpy ride of posting about the Reds,” NEILYNG has consistently demonstrated the unbridled passion of a fan who understands that self-renewal is the only way to avoid burning out. For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant posters of the Cincinnati Reds blogging era.

Posting in any message board are means competing with one's own past — taking the necessary risks, upping the ante — and becomes increasingly more difficult and problematic.

Some seek refuge in endlessly repeating themselves, others freeze up and get paranoid, others settle in to "secure" little clubs or "communities". This is why so often, the area that could be substantial and even significant, plays to the lowest common denominator — those handful of people who are tucked into the "safety" of being in the little club. Few are allowed into their "club" like a small town that does not flourish or grow — and then the population wonders why more folks wouldn't want to live there.

NEILYNG has chosen to do none of these. How he pulls off this neat creative trick year after year after year and whether or not it's indeed "better to burn out than to fade away", are indeed central themes in NEILYNG's posting life.

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