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April 27, 2004
FOOTBALL: Football Blogs

Ricky West's buddy the Failed M.C. is looking for Atlanta Falcons blogs. There is indeed a great dearth of football blogging out there (either that or I don't know where to look); even Football Outsiders seems a bit thin on its list of football blogs, especially team-specific ones.

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King Kaufman did a piece in Salon back in September about the relative dearth of football v. baseball blogs. I think the sabermetric revolution has something to do with it - though they may both be symptoms, in that baseball has a longer tradition of going outside traditional media sources than football does.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at April 27, 2004 2:15 PM

King Kaufman did a piece in Salon back in September about the relative dearth of football v. baseball blogs. I think the sabermetric revolution has something to do with it - though they may both be symptoms, in that baseball has a longer tradition of going outside traditional media sources than football does.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at April 27, 2004 2:17 PM

As a weekly sport, Football doesn't seem as conducive to blogging as baseball's daily grind. You can only comment about last week's game so much. Baseball's rapidly changing environment/standings/stats makes it better suited for daily commentary.

Posted by: Drew at April 27, 2004 2:26 PM

There is indeed a great dearth of football blogging out there (either that or I don't know where to look).

Just admit it baseball fans are more erudite. :-)

Posted by: LargeBill at April 27, 2004 2:29 PM

Another cause is that many baseball fans grow up idolizing baseball writers almost as much baseball players. As bloggers we are emulating these guys. I'm a huge football fan, but I can't think of a single "great" football writer off the top of my head.

Posted by: Richard at April 27, 2004 9:10 PM

Will McDonough's the only guy I can think of as really a notable football writer.

Posted by: The Crank at April 27, 2004 9:44 PM

Which reminds me.....I can't wait to watch ZERO Monday night games with the league's most exciting player (Vick) but three games that'll have the camera on Bill Parcell's & his gut on the Cowboys sidelines.

*Note: I like the 'boys, so no flames, please. I just happen to agree with El Rushbo in that Parcells, while one of the greatest coaches of all time, gets praised by the press as if he were the top 75 coaches of all time all in one. And no, I don't even dislike Parcells. Just calling a spade a spade. Mike Vick is exciting to watch. Quincy Carter (UGA) isn't.

Posted by: Ricky at April 28, 2004 6:13 AM

One more note on football blogs...perhaps there aren't that many because after Tuesday evenings, the discussions for the rest of the week would pretty much be dominated by "so and so is questionable for Sunday's game", eh? All the 'real' talk/blogging would take place the day before, of & after the games. Not always, but mostly.

Of course, a good name for a blog that discusses the potential availability of a player could be called the "Pedro Martinez shrine" and be open beginning every August. :) [that's a rim-shot for all the Red Sox fans......I love Pedro, but he's quite the fragile one. At least he makes it until August, which is more than J.D. Drew can usually attest to doing]

Posted by: Ricky at April 28, 2004 3:34 PM

Thanks for the help, Crank!

I don't think that the weekly thing would be a problem though. The nice thing about football is that it's incredibly complex. So you really can talk about one game all week. And I'm not just saying that because I'm physically unable to agree with ricky about anything. ; )

I would do my own full on Falcons blog, but I don't think I'm obsessive enough to do it justice. Hopefully the exploding blogosphere will bring some new folks into the fold by August.

Posted by: emcee fleshy at April 28, 2004 4:47 PM
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