Shut out! The final nominations for the 2007 Bloggies came out... and this blog did NOT make it to the final 5 in "Best Sports Blog," despite your best efforts to rack up the volume of nominations (which you did... I saw a list of 30 semifinalists, based on volume of nominations, and I was right in there... which means that the official judges checked out the blog and... rejected it... ah well.)
The five finalists are, in no particular order: The Sports Frog, ArseBlog, Deadspin, Kissing Suzy Kolber and Up in Alaska. (All worthy finalists, but apparently the value of volume of user comments per post was discounted heavily. I thought that would help this blog stand out -- along with the usual commentary blather.)
I encourage you to vote, but mostly, I wanted to offer my huge and sincere thanks to everyone for going through the effort to nominate the blog. To be honest, that was a way bigger honor than any actual award. It meant a ton to me. (Meanwhile: Next year!)
Oh, do you want me to handicap the race, too? Like salt in the wound, my friends...
It's interesting: KSK won the 2006 Weblog Awards for Best Sports Blog (which is different than the Bloggies...sort of like the Golden Globes versus the Oscars) in what many observers felt was a huge upset over Deadspin. Like "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan" huge.
The Bloggies are a little more mainstream. Because of that, I expect Deadspin to win this one, beating out KSK. (When Deadspin is considered "mainstream" and others are "fringe," you know the sports blog world has moved along.)
Then we'd be left with a 1-1 tie on the awards circuit and desperate for a thrilling rubber match. I may have to get involved in (hmm...set up?) that one-on-one showdown. We'll see. With its batallion of crazed (and growing) readership, KSK could pull off the shocking "double." And I don't mean a Smoot-style double. (But THAT would earn them my vote. Especially if they can include some video.)