Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Living Well Is the Sweetest Revenge
(Vote For Me For the 2007 Bloggies!)

OK, so this is sort of shameless, but from NCAA Tournament pools through career, ah, transitions through comments-comments-comments, I have always been able to count on you all for enthusiastic participation. And that's why I'm putting this out there:

The 2007 Bloggies. The 7th Annual Weblog Awards. And I'm looking for your support, which means your active participation, which means your nominations of this blog for "Best Sports Blog." (Yes, whether it deserves it or not.) So check out the link and let's see if we can put together a grassroots effort that will have some kind of impact. Consider it a challenge!

In all honesty, I see it as much as an award for all of you who participate -- from taking the time to read to taking even more time to comment and become part of the action yourself -- than for me. It's for all of us.

So if I pimp this nomination thing over the next 7 days with reminders, etc, don't get too annoyed. It's for a good cause, right? Click here to check out the process and get into it!

And, again, apologies for the shamelessness.

29 comments:

Jo Fer said...

Well, I've never!!!

I don't know what kind of sports floosy you think I am but....

But after much consideration, your as good as gold under the "best GLBT blog"

You're welcome

Isiah Thomas said...

Fuck you shanoff.

Dan Mega said...

Shameless! About as shameless as my vote for you! LMAO.

Hope you win.

ChrTh said...

No offense, Dan, but you've regressed since the DQ. A vote would just encourage you.

Sheldiz said...

i'd vote for you. it gives me something to do during the work day, and i can't argue with that.

and i do thoroughly enjoy the exchange of comments.

Gmen23 said...

I have to agree with chrth Dan...You're losing me lately...Not sure what it is exactly, but it's just not the same as the DQ

rafael said...

Meh. It's not just Dan, but the commenters too.
I think every convo and topic has always been switched to arguing CFB. It's put a taint on it all. Maybe after the bowls, things will be better.
heh

pembrokers said...

Dan - I agree with others. Not sure if it was the editors at ESPN that really contributed to a great product, but what you are giving us here is not DQ quality. I absolutely HAD TO read the DQ every day. Loved it. If I was traveling I would go back and read the archives later in the week. Here if I miss a day it is NBD.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

I think all of the people who have posted negative comments are forgetting one major point: Dan is out on his own here.

There's no WWL to promote him (as evidenced by the 95+% decline in "Daily Quickie Readers" participation in the Bowl Mania group....), but at the same time, he's still doing what he does best: Putting out Instant History ideas (flavored with the expected Favre-hating, Florida-worshipping, Coach K-demeaning, Epstein-adoring position he's always taken) with an emphasis on hotbutton topics.

Have ideas to make the place better? Post them. But seriously, stop taking shots. A lot of you still miss the MQ chat format. Tough shit. Things change. Let's make this spot better in 2007.... and that starts with constructive criticism, not bullshit complaints.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

P.S. I won't be voting in the "bloggies" thing. That's about as gay as gay gets. I've been reading KSK for the past couple of weeks, mostly because people keep touting it, and the best thing I can say is that it's almost written in English. There's a reason that those guys don't have real jobs. Journalists are expected to be able to speak the fucking language.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Quite frankly, you aren't going to be able to compete until you build up a big staff of blog-nerds. Hire chrth and cmfost and start posting pictures of Song Girls' asses. (No offense, chrth and cmfost - you guys just seem to spend an inordinate amount of time posting. I wish I had your jobs.)

Go balls to the wall. Get a staff. Hire a dozen sports nerds and go crazy. Get off of blogspot and get your own provider. Sell advertising. Pimp Florida in a pro-Florida area. And obviously, ban comments from fags like Isiah Thomas, who consider "Fuck you shanoff" to be a legitimate comment.

Just do me a favor: Don't turn into a Simmons. But at the same time, give me his address so I can send a hitter over to his place and raise the overall IQ of the world by 3-4 points.

ChrTh said...

@ma4tt:

Maybe I should've been clearer: I think Dan's gotten lazier (for lack of a better word). While I don't expect him to watch every event he comments on, at least in the DQ there was evidence he was at least reading the articles/reviewing the box scores. Some of his comments read like a person that scanned the headlines on ESPN.com and SI.com and watched Sportscenter while shaving.

It's also time for the instant history shtick to die. A lot of backlash has started happening (not just from Simmons), and it points to a very simple trend: people are getting involved in sports reporting/blogging who know (care?) absolutely nothing about the history of sports -- and don't even take the time to go check. Instead, we're subjected to numerous pop-culture riffs (I think deep down inside Simmons regrets this) and humor over substance. Granted, Dan has eased off on instant history, but it still pops up.

To put it a different way: the e-Ticket article on Miami-Penn State is the best thing that has happened on ESPN.com in a long time. And it wouldn't surprise me if half the people 'reporting' on sports today were even aware of it.

ChrTh said...

@ma4tt:

Trust me, you don't want my job. My frequent posting is tolerated simply because the hell I must live when I'm not on the Internet.

(Plus I only post on a few forum sites across the Web, so I spend more time on individual ones)

Anonymous said...

Dan,

One of my favorite parts about the DQ that seems to be missing in the new blog were all the non-article items, like the "Who's Got Momentum?" list and the Top 5. Everyone loves a good Top 5.

And yes, there's a little too much CFB. Also, if it's not too much trouble, please learn to upload images.

ChrTh said...

Ok, Buzzmaster just totally owned in the Sugar Bowl chat:

Andy (Columbus, Ohio)
I noticed, much to my distaste, the commentators often talk a great deal during the game. I understand this is their job, but they successfully talked their way through two and a half plays as well as a penalty which, because of the commentators, went unheard. I am in the opinion that when they speak, they should be speaking about the football game or maybe giving updates on a seperate game. Their talking drove me to the point that I had to turn the game off just to find some reprieve.

BUZZMASTER
Yes, you clearly favor brevity of verbage.


I don't think I've ever laughed that loud in a chat before.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Shanoff. Can we just take a collection for Shanoff? Do you want us to mass-mail the ESPN ombudsman instead of this silliness? Because I can't think of 2 other blogs to nominate.

BottleRocket said...

Why wouldn't you (Dan) imitate what you were doing on ESPN since its the reason that everyone followed you to your own blog. Also, there needs to be more updates throughout the day as news happens to create more dialogue. If this is going to be a full time job, then it should look like there's some effort going into it. The lack of posts is probably why everything turns toward college football. Why not include more links as well to news related stuff a la Buster Olney's blog. The better blogs are turning into a one stop shop where people can have links fed to them so we dont have to do the searching. And, yes, a facelift of the site wouldn't hurt. Either way, enjoying the blog and I give you credit for going out on your own and saying FU to the big boys. Well done.

Jo Fer said...

This blog is like stopping by the water cooler...then the annoying guy from accounting (who's way too much a fan of his wife's team) comes by, drops generic, sometimes inaccurate, sensationalist, yet strongly opinionated comments about the current sports topics of the day.... and then takes off down the hall with his high water pants flapping in the breeze. I'll always read first thing in the morning because it wraps up a lot of the previous/current days activity, and makes me feel like I know more about sports than him. It's then fun to sit around and criticize him with the other knowledgable sports people and start other debates.

Whether intentional or not, Interesting dynamic.

FutureLegendVinceYoung said...

With the 1st pick in the 2007 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select...JaMarcus Russell, Quarterback, LSU.

Jason said...

there's no way in hell i'd vote for you...it just encourages the way you've been writing since the DQ went up...and when you consider the fact that you don't respond to anyone about anything when it comes to comments, it's obvious you know as much about blogging as dj gallo.

start communicating with us and stop with the retarded sensationalism and I'll gladly vote for you next year. Until then, learn to run a blog.

Mikepcfl said...

So much negativity. Anyway Dan, you will get my vote. I've had a few Guninnesses, so I would vote for anyone now. :-)

rafael said...

I can't even bother to vote in espn.com polls. I don't want to move my mouse cursor over to the far right.

I'd vote to nominate you, despite my reservations. lol For fuck's sake, some people on here are acting with the same self-righteousness as the dumbasses who vote in the baseball HOF.

Still, you need to host this site yourself or something. It just looks too generic on blogger.

CMFost said...

@m4att

The only reason I can post so often is I have a job where I am on the phone 90% and that give me time to type and put out ideas.

I do agree that Dan needs to add some people that can help do posts during the day when a big story breaks.

I like the ideas that was put out about bring back the top 5 lists and I have been puching bringing back studs and duds from the previous day.

rafael said...

i think dan's upset. he's not posting yet today. hehe

dawg gone round the world said...

I like the idea of bringing back top 5s. whose got Mo, studs and duds. some of those things were what I liked best about the DQ

Cycledan said...

I went on the site to vote. I had to vote for 3 sites. This is the only blogger site I ever go to so I didn't vote since I don't know two other sports blogs.

To all the critics out there, realize that when you are paid to write a daily column for ESPN, that is your job and there are people around to support you in such things as proof reading, fact checking, formatting the page, drawing cartoons, etc.

I assume Dan is spending most of his day looking for a job and doing this blog just to keep up on things and keep his name in circulation.

Kevin said...

I really like the idea of Dan responding to some of the comments. If I remember correctly, he used to respond to some of the comments a few months ago, but I think he may have stopped because other commenters were pretending to be him.

Sometimes it feels like Dan is the group discussion leader who throws out some topics and lets everyone else discuss them. I'd like more dialogue from him. (This is not a criticism, just an observation/suggestion).

adam said...

WOW! All the haters out there on big Dan. I voted and I don't care who knows it!

Ma4tt, Great posts! I was enjoying each one of your 20 posts on here. Calling out Cmfost and chrth was classic! Thanks for the laughs...

Sean (Pittsburgh) said...

I agree with most that the old quickie faves are missing (top 5, mo and no-mo, etc.) As mentioned, those are what I look forward to! And, I also notice that Dan hasn't replied or acknowledged much of our comments and suggestions.

Bring back the old style quickie!