Kevin Pelton, writing for Basketball Prospectus, posted a great article today breaking down the men’s basketball gold medal game from last night. He really nails everything on the head, especially this part:
Those who did not watch this game might take a look at the score and think the United States let down on the verge of completing its pursuit of a gold medal. Alas, most of the night, that was the way NBC broadcasters Mike Breen and Doug Collins presented the game, nitpicking the Americans’ performance. While the criticism wasn’t entirely unwarranted, it missed the point: This is a great Spanish team that won the FIBA World Championships two years ago for a reason, and it rose to the occasion to give the USA a legitimate test for the first time in these Olympics.
Yes, we may have beat them by 37 in pool play, but everyone knew this game would not be easy. Spain is a good team, and most definitely deserves their silver medal. They gave it their all, and aside from the lack of composure (I’m sorry, but FIBA refs need to be a little more stern; you do not get multiple warnings for any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct, on the second offense it should be a technical, no exceptions), they played an incredible game of basketball. I could tell USA wasn’t as sharp as they had been, but even when they were playing the great ball we had seen this Olympics, I was still never certain the game was in the bag.
Kudos to Spain, but more importantly, congratulations Team USA. It’s nice to have the gold again after a dismal eight years.
Merlin Mann posted an intriguing blog post over at 43 Folders the other day, outlining the key points to keep in mind when creating a blog. My personal favorite was the seventh point:
Good blogs make you want to start your own blog. At some point, everyone wants to kill the Buddha and make their own obsessions the focus. This is good. It means you care.
I liked this one because, well, it’s what happened to me. I spent so much time reading blogs (and, in my opinion, good blogs), that I thought to myself, “Hey, why can’t I do that?” And after a few failed attempts and a still failing revision, I’ve been pretty happy with the results.
I’ve always felt the point of a blog was twofold; to bring up topics that the writer is interested in, and to bring up topics that the reader is interested in. If you aren’t getting feedback, there’s no point in it being public. Blogs of those nature should stay as text files in your documents folder. But you also can’t be writing about things you know nothing about; this will only infuriate the readers after they constantly correct you. The happy medium is where it’s at, my friends.
And that brings me back to Merlin’s point. A good blog doesn’t just spur discussion. It causes the reader to want to discuss the topic so in depth that they have to go create their own blog because a simple comment on a post just won’t do. It’s as good goal to strive for, and I hope that someday (however unlikely) I’ll be able to achieve that.
If you’re a blogger, you should definitely take the time to read the rest of Merlin’s post. If 10% of the bad blogs out there took that advice, we’d have a much more interesting Internet.
Yes, I really did see this today:
You thought I was a goner, didn’t you? Yes, it has been close to three months since I last updated, but that certainly doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned my loyal readers. Let your RSS feeds flourish with my grandiose posts!
The first thing you may notice is the dramatically different design. I became tired of the old one, although it did do many things well. I feel this design is much better suited for the style of blog I’m running, that of short posts and lots of links and videos. The old design looked terrible when I didn’t write copious amounts, but this one looks good for posts of any size.
The second thing I’ve just finished working on is fixing all of my tags and categories. When I first started this blog, I completely ignored tags and just used categories, due to my own ignorance. I literally didn’t read the captions to each, and was using categories as tags! Yes, I am an idiot. Now the tags function as tags, and the categories are much more concise. Only want to read posts where I post videos? Then follow this link. Or are you simply into my opinions (bless you!)? Then use this link. My hope is that this will be much more user-friendly.
A lot has happened in my absence, but I’m not going to go on a posting frenzy of what I failed to publish over the past few months. I will instead attempt to get back into the groove of blogging. This blog will never deliver on its promise of a post every day, but what I can’t give you in quantity I hope to make up for in quality.
You can still follow me on Twitter, so keep tabs on me there.
And for those of you who’ve never seen this blog before, here are my old designs: