Who’s your columnist/blogger/Tweeter #10

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  1.   Scott Hartman Says:


    Bill Simmons goes into depth with sabermetrics – a way of using complicated statistics to look at baseball.

    Simmons used to consider himself a baseball purist type, not liking the sabermetrics.

    However, he has seen the value in sabermetrics, as it reinforces what he sees when he watches the game.

    Sabermetrics is made up of a lot of complicated formulas and acronyms, but Simmons does a good job of dumbing them down and linking to other stories that do the same.

    Simmons still uses humor and satire to get his point across about certain players who are not performing up to par, they don’t pass the “eye” test or the sabermetric’s test.

  2.   Ross Wilkers Says:


    In this story, Grant Wahl profiles South African defender Matthew Booth. Booth will be South Africa’s lone white player at the World Cup this summer.

    Booth will be one of the most recognizable faces this summer for obvious reasons. Wahl ties sports and society together in this article with Booth as the centerpiece.

  3.   Brian Glaser Says:


    This week, Gene Wojciechowski wrote about how this weekend’s final round of the Masters should be very memorable.

    He goes on to describe in his unique writing style that the Masters this weekend isn’t about Tiger Woods and all his baggage that he brings with him recently. It’s not about his emotional bounce-back to golf, or how despite not playing for months he still finds himself in contention for the green jacket.

    Instead, Wojciechowski focuses his story around Phil Mickelson, and how his eagle-eagle-birdie on Saturday was nothing short of legendary. It was only the third time in Masters’ history that a player had back-to-back eagles on a hole.

    Wojciechowski argues Mickelson will be the player to beat on Sunday, and I would have to agree.

  4.   Sarah El-Hage Says:


    The last few blog posts by Tim Graham have all stuck to his usual style. His posts are in short paragraphs but pack a lot of information and sometimes his own take on things.

    One thing that I haven’t mentioned his use of linking words in the sentence to its respective page. What I like about this is that I can click on the link after I’ve finished reading the post and then just go back to the blog with a couple of clicks. I get way more information than I would have originally.

  5.   Capricia Alston Says:


    This week, Jack Bell talks about Manchester United’s signing of their first Mexican player ever, Javier Hernández. This is big news because it is the first time ever that the English Premiere League club has received a player from Mexico.

    This week Bell had quotes from two different people, Hernández and the club’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson. I enjoyed this blog more than Bell’s previous ones because he expanded his sources. Previously he has used just one source and spreads the quotes around, but this time he has more sources which makes this blog more credible. It also shows that he put effort in researching this topic.

    This blog is a little shorter than his usual ones, but his paragraphs are not as wordy as usual. He continues his usual structure of a longer paragraph followed by a sentence.

  6.   yasinjama Says:


    This week, Dan Steinberg discusses his story about Alex Ovechkin, his overall strength, and how he’s getting ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Ovechkin weighs in at 233 pounds. That alone makes him one of the 15 heaviest forwards in the NHL. His strength and toughness on the ice makes him one of the NHL’s most feared players.

    Since he’s getting ready for the playoffs, Oveckhin brought in a personal trainer to help his conditioning. That way, Oveckhin level of play will be at its highest peak come playoff time.

  7.   Joe Russo Says:


    This week, Chad Ochocinco was very active on his facebook. At the beginning of the week he appeared on Dancing with the Stars, and spent hours to film for the show. He then set out to hire many individuals for OCNN and released who made the cut.

    Ocho then tweeted about going to Los Angeles with George Lopez to see the Lakers vs. Portland game. He then ranted about the Jets getting Santonio Holmes for only a 5th round pick.

    Throughout the week he had many webcasts to entertain his fans.

  8.   Kimmy Moss Says:

    Note to self: in the future, do not pick Sally Jenkins as a columnist to follow for weekly assignments.

    Jenkins’ latest column was from April 2, which I already commented on, so this week, rather than going in the archives, I just decided to comment on the RW Daily column by Mark Remy, a column that I already read everyday.


    Just to give a little background on what the column is about… Remy defines the column as “news, views, rants, raves, and other bits of running-related nonsense — some of it useful — from the editors.”

    Remy’s column is always based on whatever has impacted his life the most the previous day. Today, his column was titled “Yes, Running Is Fun,” and discussed how he consistently hit perfect times during his 800-meter-repeats workout yesterday.

    What I think Remy did more effectively in his column than anything else was use the PERFECT picture to complement his story. The picture was of a young boy appearing to be having a TON of fun.

    While most columns don’t generally have pictures, I just thought it was nice that because this column is strictly online, it has the luxury of incorporating pictures, videos and links to anything that relates to the article.

    In this case, it certainly enhanced the story.

  9.   Rob Elliott Says:


    This week on LaVar Arrington’s twitter he comments on Tiger Wood’s performance at the Masters.

    This week was also the first taping of “Sportsweek with Arrington and Dukes” which received most of the attention from his tweets this week.

  10.   lijamm Says:

    Wilbon took last week off on PTI and hasnt wrote in his column in some time. Today he applauded Woods and MIckelson at the masters. He booed the Lakers for playing so poorly recently. And spoke on the redskins offseason moves. He did so enthusiacally, and gave his genuine opinion, sometimes harsh, but always fair. Wilbon is always a class act.

  11.   Sarah Kate Traynham Says:


    I will be the first to admit that I think golf is the most boring sport to watch. The only reason I knew that Phil Mickelso won the Masters is because Tiger did not…so the news was hard to avoid. Well, Bob Ryan changed my views about the sport of golf tonight when I read his column about Phil Mickelson’s third green jacket.
    If this opener doesn’t make you want to keep reading, then I don’t know what will; “When Phil brings the A-game, nobody is more spellbinding, more electrifying, more how-did-he-do-that? and more sheer fun to watch play golf, and that includes You Know Who.”
    This whole column was fun to read. It atually made me wish that I had watched the Masters this year. But I didn’t.
    Of course Ryan explains exactly how Mickelson won it, but the language he used to describe the game Mickelson played was inspiring.
    Even though this is the last blog post about my columnist Bob Ryan, I will continue to read his columns and blogs because he always writes a fantastic story.

  12.   Christine Blake Says:


    Dan Shaugnessy wrote an interesting article tonight about the four Boston College captains of hockey and baseball who all live in the same building.

    Unlike many of Shaugnessy’s columns, he did not involve much opinion or sarcasm. Rather it was a nice feature with many quotes.

    The story goes transition quote, transition quote consistently throughout. I enjoyed his use of short paragraphs toward the end.

  13.   Tim Blank Says:


    Jay’s article talked about how the ending with Phil Mickelson winning the Masters and hugging his cancer-fighting wife Amy was the end that ‘we needed’. Even though the headline is about talking about Phil and how his entire tournament was great. It quickly degenerates to criticizing Tiger’s conduct, never mind that this was his first tournament back and changes to behavior on the course take time, not to mention that there is no mention of the fact that a person who took as much time off as Tiger did and had no warm-up tournament beforehand, still finished in the top 5 for the entire tournament and still possesses the will to win that he has always had. So I find this as one of his weakest articles that he has written.

  14.   Andrew Duke Says:


    This week Joe Posnanski wrote about the length of a professional baseball game. He talked about how baseball is the only sport in which people constantly talk about how long the game is. After reading a comment by umpire Joe West about how slow the Yankees and the Red Socks played, Joe desiderata to investigate the claim. Joe came up with supporting statistics syaing, “The Yankees-Red Sox games lasted 20 minutes longer than the next matchup (which involved the Yankees too) and was 40 minutes longer than league average.”

    I like Joe style of writing for several reasons. One he connects with the reader on a personal level, I really feel like he is talking to just me when I read his stories. I also like how he finds his own statistics which prove his statements rather than just relying on someone else stats.

  15.   Paul Egeland Says:

    This week Bill Plaschke wrote about Phil Mickelson winning the Masters and how he was playng for more than the green jacket. Mickelson played with a pink ribbon symbolizing his wifes battle with breast cancer andhow because of that winning the masters meant that much more to him.
    Plaschkes style this week was consistent to what he has done in the past with the exception that his paragraphs were longer than usual. For the past three stories this has been his trend. He is till able however, to keep the audience interested and punctuates his points with quick jab sentences that keep you reading.

  16.   Ryan Harty Says:

    Pietrus’ fourth quarter scoring lifts Magic over Cavaliers
    By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY


    I noticed a few different things about Jeff’s article this week. The beginning of the article made me believe that Magic forward Michael Pietrus was a scrub and bench player. I wasn’t until the fifth paragraph that Pietrus was praised for his work in the NBA finals last year. Coach Mike Brown of the Cavilers was even quoted saying he is a “forgotten” player. I thought that was interesting description of the 6/7th man on the Magic that helped them get to the NBA finals last year.

    I also noticed that All-Star forward LeBron James was not mentioned until almost the end of the article. Every NBA fan knows that if LeBron is not playing, the chances of the Cavilers winning diminish greatly. The coach of the Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy, was quoted after the Cavilers coach Brown and Pietrus. I thought that was interesting too, quoting the opposing team’s coach before your own.

    No quotes from LeBron James even after he has been sitting on the bench for 3-straight games? I thought Jeff knew Lebron!

  17.   Ashleigh Bohlmann Says:


    I read a few articles on his blog and this was the shortest one. Recently I have been working with a blog and I found out for shorter blog entries you only need one quote. The entry should be short, sweet and to the point. You don’t always need novels as entries. The readers will not respond well.

  18.   john maul Says:


    This week Rick Reilly wrote about how Phil Mickelson winning the masters golf tournament was winning it for all the women out here. His wife Amy and his mother Mary have both been battling breast cancer recently. So when Amy showed up at the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National for the first time in 11 months and Mickelson practically fell into her arms, you the viewer wanted to hug somebody yourself. Mickelson hugged and cried, his wife hugged and cried. His coach and his caddy hugged and cried. And 10 minutes later, the caddy was still crying. Reilly also said that no man was more deserving of winning the Masters then Phil

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