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Sports Bloggers Can Be Hypocritical, and Lazy

You don’t have to be a veteran of the blogosphere to know that one of sports bloggers favorite pastimes is ripping on ESPN. Sure, I’ve taken a few shots at the Worldwide Leader over time — their prevalence in the lives of sports enthusiasts makes it hard not to. And I do believe that us blogs serve an excellent role in keeping ESPN accountable considering their relative lack of competition. But here’s one problem I have. Many of the same bloggers and blogs that criticize ESPN are not only lazy, but they’re also hypocritical. Check out the chart below that I made based on some data the creator of Ballhype, Jason, was kind enough to send me:

If you check the count of most linked to sites in the last 90 days, ESPN dwarfs everyone else. It’s not even funny. But you know what that means? It means that despite all the bashing, complaining, and criticism, the site still remains a favorite amongst bloggers.

I first started to notice this trend the more I used Ballhype, which is a must-use site for all sports bloggers. It amazes me how AP stories can hit the wire making them available on almost every single sports site on the web, yet bloggers will choose to link to the ESPN version. It amazes me how AP game recaps can be produced for all the major sports sites, yet bloggers will choose to link to the ESPN version.

For the most part, I will link to ESPN’s website under two circumstances. One, when they have an exclusive story or broke news first. The second is when I’m looking up an old story, because ESPN has incredible online archives and googles really well. The rest of the time, I’ll just go find the local version of the news story or game recap, because they almost always have more information, more details, and more quotes from people involved in the story. Sometimes I admit, I’ll just use the AP version of a story, but then I’ll mix up which major site I’ll pull it from. Sometimes I’ll use ESPN’s version, sometimes SI’s, sometimes Foxsports.com’s, sometimes Sportslines, and sometimes AOL Sports’ version.

So here’s my question to bloggers: if you dislike ESPN so much, then why do you constantly link to their website? Why do you make it your first stop for generic stories? If they have an exclusive, then by all means, link to them. But if it’s the exact same story you can find on any sports site, then why don’t you grab it from a different site for a change?

Well, if your answer is because it’s just easy and you prefer ESPN.com, then don’t complain about their omnipresence. But if you don’t have a good answer, then why don’t you take a cue and start linking out to other sites? Who knows, you might wind up finding a new site you’ve never been to before and enjoy it. This is a free internet for the most part, why limit yourself to one place for sports info on the web? It just makes no sense.

Thanks once again to Jason from Ballhype for providing the data.

UPDATE: Per Jamie in the comments, this is the top 10 most linked to Mainstream sites (True Hoop and Hashmarks are not included in espn.com’s rankings), which leads me to believe that anything from FanHouse was not included in these stats either.

What Not to Use as a Headline

This is apparently an Arizona paper’s headline regarding Northern Arizona University — the Lumberjacks. Nice find by the exceptional gentlemen of 100% Injury Rate.

UPDATE: The supposed Editor in Chief of the paper that produced this headline left a comment at 100% Injury Rate — check it out.

Video Game Proof That OJ Is a Killer

The Hater Nation tips me off to this great video of OJ Simpson who apparently is a character in a football video game. Since I haven’t dominated football video games since Play Action Football on Nintendo back when I was in 1st grade, I don’t have much insight to offer. Luckily for me, Unsilent Majority fills me in:

You might have heard about this new game, All-Pro Football 2K8 (that’s gamer language for “Too Kate” — which I assume is a a tender dedication from the game’s programmer to e-lover). It’s the one that couldn’t get licensing from the NFL so they simply created their own fictional franchises and stocked the rosters with former NFL legends. While the game’s cover features such respectable citizens as John Elway, Jerry Rice, and Barry Sanders

Great, so there’s your background. Now, make sure you watch the clip all the way til the end. You don’t want to miss the final move.

The LA grim reapers with a sickle. Nice.

Other OJ Simpson Madness:

Down Goes the Juice, Down Goes OJ!
You can Buy OJ’s Not-Guilty Suit

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

The 46th annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics were held last week and finally concluded Sunday in Anchorage, providing for a lot of excitement. Now, to fully understand the Eskimo-Indian Olympics, you have to realize they don’t feature your typical games. Here’s a quick description

In an age when made-for-TV extreme sports are all the rage, WEIO brought the world’s original X Games to town — blood spilled in the ear pull, big air in the blanket toss, cringes at the knuckle hop.

Witness a list of the events (also check out the video)

  • Knuckle hop/seal hop
  • Ear tug of war
  • Four man carry
  • Ear weight carry
  • Alaskan high kick
  • One hand reach
  • Arm pull
  • Toe Kick
  • Blanket toss made of walrus skins, this is done in whaling communities

And, lucky for you, I dug up a sample video of last year’s seal hop/knuckle hop. Check it out:

It simply does not get any better than that.

Guess Who’s Rocking the Soul Patch!

I don’t know, something about seeing 58-year-old men sporting the soul patch that just makes me laugh. You know, because I thought it was reserved strictly for 20-year-old surfers who hang out at the beach, not former major league managers currently serving as analysts for Baseball Tonight. But as my buddy Andy points out, Dusty Baker grew up in the 60s, and it is a hippie thing, so on some levels it could work. Whatev, it still cracks me up.

LA Sports Bloggers Rendezvous Recap

LA Sports Bloggers

So Wednesday I arranged this shindig down at Lucky Strike in Hollywood. Several LA-area sports bloggers came through for what ended up being a great time. We chatted it up over many drinks, spending most of the time sharing stories and getting to know each other. I want to thank everyone who showed up for the event for making it such an enjoyable time.

As for the attendees, going by the picture, front row from left to right: HG of You Been Blinded (he got cut off), Brooks from SPORTSbyBROOKS, Miss Gossip of FanHouse, Nate Jones from Jones on the NBA and FanHouse, myself, and the fine gentlemen from Lion in Oil. Back row from left to right: Brett Edwards from The Association and FanHouse, Adam Rose from LAist, The Starter Wife of Ladies…, and Scott Olin Schmidt of Boifromtroy and FanHouse. A surprisingly fit group for a bunch of bloggers huh?

Also thanks to Jason from SPORTSbyBROOKS and Craig Kwasniewski from The Assocation for making it out even though they weren’t in the picture. If you’re a sports blogger in the LA area and didn’t make it out, let me know so you can come out for the next one, since there will definitely be a next one.

Paris Hilton Nipple Slip

I’m not sure this qualifies as a nip slip — it’s more along the lines of a straight up Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. And let me just go on the record and say that I’m not a fan of that bikini style for the looks. But if it keeps producing results like the following, then I might become a bigger fan. Pics from Egotastic! (and yes, since the video came out, I realize these are almost pointless, but nonetheless fun), check it out:

Head over to Egotastic! to check out the NSFW versions. Disclaimer: I typically make a point to ignore all things Paris Hilton, but this is something I can make an exception for.

Previous Nipple Slips on LBS:
Lindsay Lohan Nipple Slip
All Nipple Slips

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