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Fear is the Mind-Killer

If you've been reading any major recruiting sites (Scout, 24/7, Rivals, ESPN) you have by no doubt been told that you should be extremely worried about long-time Mississippi State lock Chris Jones, who is supposedly in danger of flipping to a school already loaded at DE that didn't pay him any mind until he was upgraded to a five-star recruit and has nothing significant to offer him.

Why?

Simple, really: all four of the services mentioned above exist to make money off of you, and the reality of the situation is that they make more money off of you if you're scared or exciting, and a LOT more money if you're both.

Why do ads for cars always imply that your four-year-old child won't be run over and killed because of the new and improved safety features in the 2013 model of the plastic death trap? Why do ads for firearms speak as though there is a 100% probability your home will be invaded by people who want to kill your entire family? Same reason.

You have no reason to buy what they're selling you unless they can make you uncertain about something you weren't even thinking about five minutes ago. When someone writes something that makes you scared, question their motives for doing so--and take everything they say with a grain of salt.

What on earth does someone living in Connecticut know about Chris Jones? When was the last time they could even tell the names of the schools in this state apart? Amazing how they turn into "experts" of something they don't care about for 50 weeks of the year all of a sudden.

/rant

FanPosts are just that; posts created by the fans. They are in no way indicative of the opinions of SBN and the authors of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls.

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