Guest Post: What’s All the Buzz?

A few weeks ago we challenged readers to a friendly game of Torch Run. Those who beat our ridiculously good score were offered porn links, a free subscription to the site or a guest post.

And our boy Gonzo took us up on the free post! Gonzo, who has a Phillies tattoo, is best known for hitting a bases-clearing double in his first at-bat of the Little League World Series tournament and for participating in the 2006 World Series of Darts. He claims to resemble Chris Elliott, Dr. Greene from ER, Jerry Seinfeld and, our favorite, former Giants pitcher Kirk Reuter.

Gonzo weighs in on the Buzz Bissinger fiasco from the perspective of a blog and MSM reader. Play nice…

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“The future in the hands of guys like you is really, really gonna dumb us down to a degree that I don’t know we can recover from.”- Buzz Bissinger talking about Deadspin’s WIll Leitch on Costas NOW.

I have to admit, he may be right.

I hope you aren’t getting all riled up, because I would hate for someone to form an opinion about me without hearing the entire story. The same way you may have formed an opinion of Matt Leinart after a scandalous picture of him holding a beer bong on Deadspin before hearing THAT entire story (This one’s a quickie. He’s 24 years old and has millions of dollars. Would he be better off posing for the Wall Street Journal holding a stock ticker?).

How many times have you Googled Deadspin or The Big Picture in order to get last night’s scores? None. I save that for ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports. How many times have you gone to similar blogs to get a firm, solid, true sports opinion on why Carmona wasn’t pulled in the eighth inning? The answer is none. I save that for Joe Sportswriter who has been in the press box for 162 games per year for the last 24 years. I will gladly read his column top to bottom. How many times have you gone to a blog that is purely satire to grasp the essence of the walk-off homer, three point buzzer beater, or the breakaway goal in overtime? I’m sorry to say, the answer is none.

BUT, how many times have you clicked the link to your favorite blog to see pictures of David Beckham staring at a cheerleader’s ass? LeBron James wearing a Yankees cap at an Indians game? Photos of Erin Andrews looking saucy while reporting that snoozer of a Big Ten game? To see who advanced in the “Who Would You Do?” Bracket? (How the hell did Cavs Amanda lose anyway?)

The answer: EVERY SINGLE DAY.

The future of sports media is NOT in the hands of Will Leitch, AJ Daulerio or anyone going by the name of Balls Deep. The future of sports media is NOT in the hands of Rstiles or Gmoney posting their crude, yet clever opinions on the hotness of the cheerleader of the week.

If the future of sports media is in the hands of bloggers, then you have to admit, Buzz may be right.

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4 Responses

  1. You take that back, Gonzo!!! Not to go all Charles Barkley, but I am not a role model/the future.

    You make valid points though. Once people realize that there is a MAJOR difference between blogs and MSM, then we can all calm down and realize that both entities are a necessity and add to the interest of sport.

  2. Thanks for the props there Gonzo!!!!

    I could care less what Buzz said…I figure he is entitled to his opinion…

    I do my blog because I like to write and interview people…at least that journalism degree I have is worth something…

    Like I have said before, to me, Deadspin is quickly becoming MSM…heck, a Joe Average Blogger like myself can’t even get an email answered by the Mighty Leitch…then I go and get a 30 minute phone interview with someone like Christine Brennan or Jerry Izenberg…

    So who knows…I do my blog because I enjoy it…

  3. Glad you liked the post. I know you two guys are the heart and soul of the comments section here at TBP.

    Gmoney said it best, there is a MAJOR difference between (Satirical) blogs and MSM. There are blogs I peruse that basically sum up games without using so called toilet humor (Which cannot be grouped in with Deadspin, et al).

  4. good points. i agree that blogs and MSM don’t need to be mutually exclusive. I too read them for entirely different purposes. Why the MSM writers seem to think blogs will take away their jobs or ruin sports journalism is beyond me. it’s not blogs that are to be the downfall of newspapers, it’s the online version of the very same newspapers that will be their downfall.

    and buzz is such a hypocrite for calling out deadspin and other blogs for being profane and taking potshots at athletes, when he spent the entire segment on Costas doing just that to Leitch.

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