Heismanpundit fires the first shot of the college football revolution. Then CFR rogers up in response. Evidently, blogs are gonna change the way we watch and talk about college football from the top to the bottom.
In the college football revolution, are the little red books copies of Rammer Jammer? Warren St. John wishes it were so...
If that's true, then good-there are a shitload of sloppy-ass announcers and pundits out there, and most visitors to a standard team message board can find some good, quality analysis in a few minutes, mixed in with all the incest accusations and pinup sigs common on SEC sites. (We especially love the people with clever names like "BigGator" or "CocksSukCok42." Our rule is never introduce yourself as something you wouldn't want screamed out in the heat of passionate lovemaking, and "Vol4Eva" just doesn't have the requisite amount of dignity for that. And if it does, it's official: you have a problem. Go start a blog. A cry of "Orson," though, we think we could live with...)
At the least, blogging encourages a level of personal involvement in your fandom, which we applaud. However, we're not exactly sure what HP means by "taking down" the powers that be-we're not signing up to kneecap Herbstreit anytime soon no matter how much you pay us, especially since we know for a fact he can take a pretty good hit and remain on his feet. We'd climb in the ring with Corso, but only for charity, since we'd want to savor the beatdown without the taint of filthy lucre contaminating the sweet moment.
We'd beat him for cash, but only in the name of charity. He'd have to put on some pants first, too.
What blogging could accomplish is an exposure and celebration of the good and bad in college football coverage. We'll be writing a longer piece on who get it done and who doesn't later this week, but for the moment we'll say this: there are a lot of people out there doing quality work, and we shouldn't neglect them. (We have a particular weakness for beat writers, since they're often the most experienced and iconoclastic in their views and opinions. ) We should mention them as much as we slag those coasting on cliches-and there are plenty out there.
Blogs: a glorified haters' club? We hope not, but if it is, we get to be Silky Johnson.
So, what kind of an impact will blogs make overall on the way commentators and pundits view the game, though? We'll play Edmund Burke to HP's Robespierre and stay skeptical: little, we suspect, until someone breaks a conventional-style news report in the college football blogosphere. If and when that happens, great-but until then, we'll still be dwarfed by the big boys, their mainsites, and internet seekers looking for online poker, Longaberger chairs, Tiajuana steroids, and
naked photos of Rosario Dawson. (Yes, we found them already. Thanks for the links anyway.)