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| June 3, 2012






Why Hatfields & McCoys broke ratings records: 4 theories,

Our pal Greyhawk proposed a hypothesis to explain the phenomenon on FB.

“Hypothesis: The History Channel’s “Hatfields and McCoys” was a hit because deep down inside, Americans secretly wish they could go all Hatfield and McCoy on each other. (You know I’m right – and this is wrong X4…”

I responded that his premise is biased, and with ” I haven’t watched the thing. Born and raised in WV The Feud is/was part of our mythos here. Toss in “The Battle of Blair Mountain” and couple of other events and then explain why we should bother?”

ETA: The pix is courtesy of Greyhawk and is NOT myself or Jonn.

Category: Geezer Alert!

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  1. Frank says:

    … not go after each other – there has to be limits.

    Just go after the liberals.

  2. Greyhawk says:

    See – Frank’s saying what I meant. And Xero, my family on both sides goes back into the hills of dubya vee aay. Missed being born there myself by a few short weeks. (Still got some mineral rights, though…)

  3. SIGO says:

    The reason the show was a hit is because it is the first time in a long time the History channel has actually shown something about History rather than reality shows or shows about Nostradamus and Aliens.

  4. Lucky says:

    It was a hit, because, deep down, Americans still view themselves as strong, rugged individualists… Also, did anyone else see their commercials for that new Mountain Man reality show? Screw Doomsday Preppers, THAT is gonna be interesting!!

  5. Just Plain Jason says:

    It makes me want to go across the border and burn Lawrence to the grownd…

  6. The Sniper says:

    It might be that the History Channel actually did some history for a change.

  7. DR_BRETT says:

    Very clever — no the photo is not Dorf or Yea NOW — it is an OLD picture of one of you, as I have a duplicate, for proof .
    I also have documents, that your real names are Hatacoy and McField .

  8. The Sniper #7: Cold hard facts can be a blessing AND a curse.

    We all live with myths that shape our realities. Is it always a good thing to dismiss such things that dreams are made of?

    A discussion best left for another time, perhaps, but I have watched the History Channel’s lead in (history) show about The Feud with interest. I didn’t see the need for a dramatization.


  9. Finrod says:

    I think its probably a couple of reasons. The history and a classic part of Americana is one element. An obviously well produced show with a good cast is another, and yea I think deep down, we’d all like to go a feud’n.

  10. LittleRed1 says:

    Didn’t see it, but if they want a long series on feuds, they might go to Texas and look at some of those. There was one that probably started in TN, certainly continued through TX, and ended up with ambushes and shootings in eastern NM. Great scenery and lots of feuding. Heck, a history of the Scottish Borders through Ulster and into the Backcountry could be interesting (see David Hackett Fischer).

  11. Joseph Brown says:

    Great show. I not only watched it, but recorded it too. Ya gotta love a guy called “Skunkhead.” We had a “Jughead” and a “Bonehead” growing up, but no Skunkhead”.

  12. OWB says:

    Does it seem that many of these feuds, no matter what part of this country, go back to the Scots and all that Reever business et al? Just a thought, not well studied.

  13. Just Plain Jason says:

    Well when we got kicked out of Scotland we had to keep fighting someplace…