Bonds: 747, just as we get word that the BALCO investigation could be winding down soon...
I'm really ticked about this NCAA baseball/Louisville blogger thing, so I'm going to go off for a minute. If you aren't interested, feel free to scroll down past this...
NCAA vs. Bloggers: I cannot stress this enough – the NCAA couldn't have been MORE wrong for ejecting a reporter from a college newspaper who was blogging about a baseball super-regional from the press box.
There are lots of angles, but tis is the part I am going to focus on: It showed a complete tone-deafness to the realities of sports-media production and consumption.
To not realize that live-blogging has become THE most effective and most efficient form of reporting and analysis of sports events exposes the NCAA's ignorance.
I love the fact that the reporter could have been at home, live-blogging the game on TV, without incident. But because he chose to – y'know, actually get off his ass and report from the game, too – he gets punished for it.
The reality of the newspaper sports reporter is this: You better be able to file your game coverage for the actual newspaper edition... AND the newspaper's online edition... AND live-blog, when necessary.
Particularly during the day, when fans are at work and looking for the freshest content, live-blogging is a great way to build an audience and credibility. And it's a huge value to the consumers, too.
Meanwhile, for the NCAA, why would you try to tamp down on something that is promoting your product? So: It's OK for reporters to cover the game in the newspaper the next day, but not OK for the game to be covered online in real time? Apparently.
What twisted logic, particularly for a sport (college baseball) that can use all the media traction it can get. It's not like it's March Madness. Do they really think that fans reading this reporter's live-blog are going to NOT tune in to the game because of it?
If anything, the reporter is appealing to fans who are already inclined to enjoy and follow college baseball. This type of coverage enhances their interest... ultimately, that's GREAT for the NCAA, not a threat.
(The real threat is having the universe of sports bloggers rally around this cause, ripping the NBA in the process. Hmm: I wonder if the mainstream media would have picked this up as their cause, too, if it has been an indie sports-blogger and not a traditional newspaper reporter who happened to be blogging.)
The NCAA needs to do a 180 on this policy now, if only because it makes the most sense for their business.
Eric McErlain has a must-read on this topic.
John Daly saga takes wild turn: His wife Sherrie claims that he assaulted HER, then scratched HIMSELF to try to cover it up, claiming that she attacked him with a steak knife. Yes, it just got weirder...
NBA Finals: Game 3 tonight, the first-ever NBA Finals game for the city of
The Finals were over before they even began. And, while a win tonight would only put the Spurs up 3-0 (and not clinch the series outright), it would effectively end the Finals.
Here's the question: Without the Sopranos finale to use as an excuse, will the NBA get anyone (outside of
MLB Stud: Raul Ibanez, who had 2 2-run HR, and the Mariners won their fourth game in a row (8/9).
MLB: Harold Reynolds is reinventing himself as an online presence, with a new deal to blog and do online-video for MLB.com. I get the sense he would rather be on TV, but if it helps, Harold, I think you're making the right move by going online-only. Tons more upside.
NFL: McNabb practices, ahead of schedule. That just means that the fans' impatience with him will be a few weeks ahead of schedule, too.
More NBA: Kudos the Magic for offering a refund to any fan who bought season tickets off the Billy Donovan signing... Kobe Bryant has the No. 1-selling jersey in the NBA. Really?... the Pistons won't fire Flip Saunders. Why?...
This J.R. Smith story just got a lot worse: The passenger riding with Smith died. This could get much more complicated for him.
WNBA: Remember when Chamique Holdsclaw was going to be the WNBA's Michael Jordan? Never happened. She retired, MJ-like potential left unfulfilled.
Hot Blogger Bracket, Round 2! Don't forget to vote. I'm in a tight battle with Signal to Noise. (Meanwhile, check out the drama in the NL West Region, where top-seeded Will Leitch of Deadspin is being hammered by Matt Jones of KentuckySportsBlog.)
Navel-Gazing: I have always wondered what it would be like to be interviewed by James Lipton. Courtesy of Flyers Fieldhouse, I had the experience... and enjoyed it just as I thought I would! (Commenters might recognize the name of the person who authored the post.)