Maybe some are, maybe some aren't. Things started to get wound up again of late due to some comments Berger made and yesterday the question was asked what would people expect of Schumacher if he has a car that can keep up with the front runners. Invariably it's gonna get folks wound up. It's also been mentioned that perhaps it was better for Schumacher to lay back in qualifying, and to that I disagreed. I mean serously, why would saving a set of tyres be any advantage if he's starting well back? It's that sort of reasoning that implies a desperate grasping of straws in order to justify not only non-performance, but a car that wasn't up to snuff. The front runners are going to be nigh untouchable anyhow so why wouldn't he want to start a race as close to the front as possible? One poster was accused of being lazy, something having to do with topic search, and told the only finger lifted for him would be the middle finger. That's childish stuff. Hell, I get name called and accused of being a troll. Sure there are people who make inane comments, but there are those that feel just as passionately against Schumacher as those that do, all for their own reasons for better or worse. Then there's the last resort, his stats are thrown out there. Ok, fine we get it. Yes his stats are superb and I doubt very much that they will be equalled, let alone surpassed, but how many times do we have to hear it? Just as how many times do we have to hear about the Hill and Villeneuve incidents? There are those that think some of his on track antics will tarnish an unquestionably phenomenal career, I've said as much. I've also said that he's not in my top 5 list of all time great F1 drivers, but that's just MHO and nothing more. I've also said that given the car, he's more than capable of winning again and that 2012 will be a make or break season for him, but we'll see. Anyhow, let's hope that 2012 is an exciting year not dominated by one team.
Sometimes all it takes is one person to drag the thread downhill. All I saw were people discussing Berger's comments when someone barged in with the 'trashing' nonsense, others joining in for a cheap bash and soon enough we were in Jerez '97,Monaco '06 territory. Which have absolutely nothing to do with Berger's comments or Schumacher's performance in 2011..
As for your assessment of Schumacher the driver, to be honest for every critic that cannot see beyond his\her dislike of the man there are probably a hundred neutrals and observers that would put their bias aside and rank him as one of the greatest of all time, right at the very top, so it utterly doesn't matter IMHO.
Not much to be said about the stats thing, I don't see what's wrong with (gently ;)) reminding the detractors of Michael's tremendous success or that he was and still is immensely talented. Considering the rest see it fit for some reason to keep bringing '97 up, for example.
I think the thing that gets to many on the other side of the fence is the length of his tenure at the top. If Jim Clark or Ayrton Senna had somehow managed to win seven titles and 91 grands prix I bet they would have been the ones getting bashed, instead of MS. There's even been people that have admitted the antagonism would not have been as extreme had Schumacher 'only' won four or five titles.
Nevertheless, such petty stuff has never mattered in the long run, and will survive only as long as the minority among the generation that followed his career do. You'd only rarely see Fangio getting 'bashed' or his stats being held against his reputation as a legend for only ever wining in the best cars, jumping ship mid-season or using his teammate's cars to win (even though this was a common practice at the time, I believe).