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Posts Tagged ‘Stephen A. Smith’

Intentional Link Dump: News For A Slow Day

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It’s kinda slow going as we wait on things like the bowl games to begin, NFL Sunday (did anyone watch last night’s Washington/Chicago game?), weekend college basketball and anything else deemed sports-blog worthy. Here’s a little link love for of some stories that caught my eye as I made my way through the Google Reader. Enjoy:

- It’s Heisman Trophy weekend and Loser with Socks gives us some reasons why Tebow shouldn’t win. They also ask just how effective McFadden would be in Urban Meyer’s system, which is something interesting to ponder as well.

Dwayne Wayne- Well, it’s Christmas time boys and girls and you know what that means: office Christmas parties. The Sports Hernia has a nifty little list of the sports conversations you can expect from your non-sports savvy co-workers.

Why yes, that Dwayne Wayne is a GREAT basketball player… just ask Denise Huxtable.

- Kansas forward Brandon Rush got arrested. Don’t forget to take care of those traffic violations, kids.

- That Dwight Howard is something else.

- SI’s 16-team college playoff is now in it’s Elite 8 stage. Who ya got?

- Barry Bonds, much to everyone’s surprise, pleaded “Not Guilty” to his federal charges. I wonder if he plead guilty to being an ass to his fans?

- An Alex Legion update. Apparently, he wants to come back to the Cats, but Gillispie hasn’t decided if he’ll allow it or not.

Athena Barber- Epic Carnival asks us who has the hottest girlfriend/wife in sports? This is an ongoing competition so make sure you stay tuned. This week’s contestants are Eliza Dushku and reigning champ, Athena Barber.

Again, who ya got?

- And finally, our news of the obvious: Stephen A. Smith has been voted as the worst sports announcer. Color me surprised. The next thing you’ll tell me is water is wet and the sky is blue.

Well kiddies, that should give you plenty of reading fodder while you are waiting for the weekend to arrive. Enjoy the Heisman presentation and whatever other athletics you are engaged in.

An Open Letter to Stephen A. Smith

Dear Mr. A. Smith,

Stephen A.Would you please help yourself to a nice cup of STFU?

In the midst of losing your WHORE-RI-BBLE television show, your weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and providing the type of analysis that makes people yearn for the return of David Aldridge, you have the audacity to target and challenge sports bloggers; indicating we are a “wreckless” [sic] ilk that doesn’t answer to anybody and that our information is “dangerous.”

Your problem revolves around the fact that a great deal of sports bloggers don’t have any credentials to speak of (a debatable point) and therefore, we shouldn’t be allowed to wax poetic about sports or the figures that inhabit them, presumably including the Mouth that Roared. What’s the matter, Stephen? Are you scared of some lowly bloggers?

What kind of threat do we pose, exactly? Could it be that there are some talented writers out there that see the game as well or better than you do and aren’t afraid to speak their minds (without the constrains of a multinational news corporation, admittedly)? Are you jealous of the freedom we have? If so, start your own damn blog and quit trying to break the backs of those that keep you in the media’s eye.

Speaking of credentials, what, exactly, gave you the qualifications to host your own TV talk show? You certainly aren’t any good on television, regardless of what ESPN’s upper management says. Why should you be allowed to try–and fail–at the talk show circuit? How much training in the field of broadcasting do you have… and please don’t say you analyze basketball on TV. WTH does that have to do with hosting a talk show?

Stephen A., you speak of bloggers being harmful to the common viewers. How? Quantify this statement with some examples and not just your unending amount of hot air. How, exactly, does a blogger hurt a reader who CHOOSES to patronize a particular blog? Are we now kidnapping our readers, forcing them to read the half-truths and outright lies posted by every sports blog ever created?

No, it seems that your problem is with the fact that most of the sports blogosphere just doesn’t like you and we aren’t afraid to drag up embarrassing moments to further our agenda of making you look even more foolish than when you yell at the TV for no apparent reason (seriously, does anything the Knicks do surprise you to the point of having to yell at viewers and co-hosts alike).

Stephen A., a word of advice: Before you turn that shotgun at the sports bloggers of the world, you may want to ask yourself why things like your Inquirer column and your ill-fated television show got taken away from you. Perhaps you’ll find your problem is not with us. It’s with yourself.

Take care and best wishes,

Chris Richardson

PS: If you do decide to answer, try to do so without using your Blackberry.