For those who didn’t follow my Twitter account on Thursday, I had quite the battle over content that was stolen from here. It took enough of my time for me to not even write an NBA Finals post later that evening, but you don’t need me to tell you Skip Bayless is a know-nothing and LeBron James is the best player in the game. After the jump, here’s a quick recap of what happened.
That’s right, I’m back after nearly 2 months off of this site. I needed a break, covering March Madness took a lot out of me, and as a result it left my annual Battle of the Losers in a cliff hanger. I’ll probably get around to finishing that post soon and then just backdate it so it doesn’t look too ugly. I’ve been writing in short on Twitter so you still could capture my not-so-proud moments when Manchester City won the Premier League and the Vancouver Canucks were ousted in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Euro 2012 and the 2012 London Summer Olympics are practically back-to-back and I’m ready to churn out post after post after live-blog after live-blog over the next couple of months. There’s a commentators page (a popular staple of this blog for years) for Euro 2012 which you can view for the entirety of the tournament and an Olympics one will follow soon after.
I haven’t even looked at the stats page in forever but I’ll assume it will take a while to get this bad boy back to normal traffic.
In the mean time, be on the lookout for new posts over the next several days. Oh, and I’m going to write about non-sports more often, so be sure to get your pitchforks prepared.
Wow. Half-a-decade worth of my inane ramblings, inaccurate predictions, and live-blogs. And the best part is, people actually read it! I’ve put a lot of time into this and I’m glad to still be around when so many blogs have fizzled or disappeared. Blogging in general has sure grown up over the last few years, hasn’t it? I remember when the media repeatedly pushed the “these guys are just losers in their PJs in their mother’s basement” agenda, now we’re able to get media credentials at the Super Bowl. Doesn’t it feel good to adapt?
This isn’t some sappy sentimental post as I really can’t think of writing goop like that. Just an acknowledgement of the 5th year of Stupid Sideline Reporters and a thank you to everyone who has viewed, contributed, or posted on this site. Let’s keep this thing going for a 6th year! Hell, maybe one of my favorite teams will actually win a championship so I don’t write like I’m pissed off year-round!
I gotta tell ya, the football withdrawal sets in pretty quickly once the first week of February is done with. There’s a reason why February is the shortest month in the calendar, it’s because it gets boring pretty quickly for sports fans. College basketball’s regular season reaches its ending, but that doesn’t really grab people’s attention as much as the awesomeness and excitement of conference tournaments leading up to the actual Big Dance. Conference basketball tourneys determine automatic bids and cause people to actually be interested in watching North Texas and UC Santa Barbara. Something that cannot be said for college football bowl games, to be honest.
February is arguably the worst sports month of the year because as of 2002 it means the conclusion of the NFL season, and the NHL + NBA are in the middle of their very long seasons. The Barclays Premier League does not really heat up in the title race or relegation fight until March and April. In fact, the season is only a little over halfway done. Even if you’re a baseball fan, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training but there’s not a single exhibition game played until March. Basically, there’s no drama or entertainment to be had in the major sports, and it’s not a Winter Olympic year. The weather across the country tends to be cold, rainy, snowy, or just plain cloudy. At least when it’s July it’s the summer time and you really shouldn’t be watching any type of sports if the weather is picture-esque.
Long story short, March is incredibly fun for the average sports fan between NFL free agency and March Madness basketball, and I look forward to covering both. Some of your favorite (at least through site traffic numbers) posts and features will return, including:
- How accurate is Joe Lunardi? ESPN’s expert in their totally made-up profession of “bracketology” will once again be “graded” for accuracy, but not with some ridiculous “hey he got the field of 68 right!” metric when you know that over half of the qualifying teams have auto-bids.
- March Madness Simulated! Once the bracket is confirmed I will simulate the entire tournament before the opening Thursday and see if it matches up with the actual results (Spoiler: It never does).
- Battle of the Losers 2012. Another simulation game where I take the losers of the round of 64 and pick the best team to not win a tournament game.
- Live-Blogs. Lots of them. MARCH MADNESS PEOPLE!
- NFL Free Agency. Well honestly it was hard to do this last March with the lockout in place, but nonetheless it means the start of transactions, signings, shock trades, all before the April draft.
March can’t come soon enough. Give me some NHL playoff chases, NCAA College Basketball Tournaments, the start of Toronto FC’s 6th consecutive season of no playoffs, and NFL Free Agency over February golf and NASCAR any day.
I’m trying out Twitter (@SSReporters). It’s not what you think, though. I don’t like using social networking to tell the world what I’m having for dinner. The purpose of this Twitter trial is two things:
1.) Link to my latest blog posts. With enough followers my site traffic will DOUBLE, no TRIPLE from 1 to 3 page views per day.
2.) Discuss sports in under 140 characters instead of jotting it down on QuickPress and posting it here.
I refuse to publicly “tweet” about private life, political issues, celebrity gossip, etc. so the two things I’ve mentioned is pretty much what you get.
The recent tweets are on the sidebar along with the option to follow me. Consider it “Stupid Sideline Reporters Plus” and a new edition to the blog.
I’ve written 4 tweets so far and the question needs to be asked – How do people get obsessed with Twitter? I wonder if it becomes more obsessive when you post via texting (already another obsession gripping most of the world) on your iPhone, Android, SmartPhone, whatever.
For those who use WordPress, you have to admit the dashboard changes are subtle yet oh so helpful. Don’t ever use Blogger. Ever.