Friday, February 24, 2006

Blog Writing

One of the nice things about the explosion of sports related blogs (and damn Michigan fans can represent in the blog-o-sphere), is the explosion of sports related content on the internet. And a lot of it is unique and original and opens your eyes far more than reading the same AP wire story in 24 different places.

However, not all blog content is created equal. Anybody with a computer and an internet connection can publish pretty much anything they want. That's not good. But, there are some shining stars that I have noticed.

MGoBlog is easily the standard bearer for Michigan blogs. Not only does Brian crank out new stuff day after day and dig up links to everything under the sun, he can actually write. He does a very good job of making you feel the emotion behind what he writes. Here's a snippet from his recent Tommy Amaker rant...
What's followed in the last two years has been a epidemic of smiting from above that makes Angry Michigan-Safety-Hating God look like a rank amateur. Michigan fans spent most of last year watching Daniel Horton and Lester Abram watch two walk-ons watch Dion Harris attempt to get a shot, any shot. This year it's Abram and Harris watching Horton. Throw in some extended absences from Brent Petway (both years), Graham Brown (last year), Jerrett Smith (this year), Courtney Sims (about every other game, mentally), and Chris Hunter (both years, including the latest blow: a partially torn MCL that will probably end his career) and you have a nigh-insurmountable pile of bodies worthy of Pol Pot. Game, set, match to Angry Michigan-Basketball-Hating God.
And he's got his own set of blogging ethics for crying out loud. Well done!

Another fine recent addition to the world of Michigan blogs is Johnny at Ronald Bellamy's Underacheiving All Stars. He can flat out write and I have no idea what his career aspirations are, but I hope that putting words on paper (or on the net) is there somewhere.
I don’t imagine Michigan cares what I think of their chances in this game, just like I don’t think they should have to worry about kids from Connecticut trying to listen to the game on the radio. Because if somehow they manage to win this – beneath the noise and the radio transmissions we can’t quite hear – the heart will be beating, and that is all that will matter.
Somebody get this kid a column somewhere! I'm serious. I can't even do it justice. Many of his entries are wonderfully written.

On a somewhat related note, the comedy stylings at Every Day Should Be Saturday are simply phenomenal. Here's a slice of their recent note about the UGA offensive lineman found passed out on the shitter in a bar...
Depends on the verve and aggression of the ass pickle Smith was trying to steer in, we argue. We know that farmers have suffocated due to the fumes of pig shit in an enclosed space; why wouldn’t a burly offensive lineman struggling with a 32 gauge cheek-ripper forged from chicken wings and stuffed crust pizza in a poorly ventilated space be in danger, as well? We think the police acted responsibly here, since a turd of that magnitude could have easily killed a man.
They seriously have me rolling at least once a week with their quantity and quality of work.

And then there is the other side of blogging. I think anybody that nominates themself as the "most important college football blog" is just proclaiming their own idiocy, but hey that's just me. And there is always the chance of good blogs dropping by the wayside for long periods of time. Hello, anybody home?

All in all, I think this explosion in sports related blogs is a very good thing. You just have to figure out how to navigate the vast realm to get what you are looking for. And no, this blog doesn't harbor much of anything other than some ramblings and a place to put up little statistical queries of mine. But that's all it has ever been for anyway. Besides, I'm pretty damn good at linking to quality content!


Blogger Johnny said...

Hey thanks a lot Robert, I really appreciate all that. It's a lot easier writing when I know writers/fans of your caliber are going to be reading. Keep up the good work, you definitely have a good thing going here as well.

Sun Feb 26, 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Thanks, man.

Johnny... could your profile picture be any more depressing? This is a rhetorical question.

Mon Feb 27, 05:25:00 PM  

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