Archive for October, 2008

31
Oct
08

Blog In-Depth: World Series, Game 5 suspension, Bud Selig… what did bloggers think?

Buzz Manager™ analyzed online discussion surrounding reaction to the World Series, in particular the suspension of Game 5. Overall, most felt that Bud Selig made the correct decision by suspending the game and playing it in full. However, most felt that Selig should have let everyone, including fans, know beforehand that should weather become an issue the game would still be played in its entirety regardless of the inning in which it was suspended, and then suspended the game earlier.

The Buzz ranked 7 out of 10, a topic of a high level of interest among sports bloggers.

–     Bloggers in the Positive category enjoyed watching good baseball. They said that although the match-up wasn’t between two of MLB’s marquee teams, it was still entertaining. There was no overtly positive commentary regarding the handling of suspending Game 5.

–     Bloggers in the Negative category criticized Bud Selig’s handling of the weather issues. Although bloggers were happy the World Series wasn’t decided by a game being called due to weather, they felt that Selig should have suspended the game much earlier given the conditions. Instead, it appeared to them that he purposefully waited until the Rays had tied the game to call for a weather delay. One blogger characterized the series itself as a ‘disaster’, reflected by low television ratings and low interest in the two teams playing, outside of their own fan bases. Another felt that the World Series has lost the ‘overall luster’ it once had.

–     Bloggers in the Neutral category felt that Bud Selig was in a very difficult position and that deciding when and how to suspend the game was a tough decision. 

Though I’d have loved to watch a seven game series, and there’s no sense in diminishing Tampa’s historic achievement, it’s very hard to argue the Phillies aren’t deserving.” – Can’t Stop the Bleeding

I think the ultimate sentiment is that the World Series has just lost the overall luster that it once had. “- Awful Announcing

When This World Series Ended, Did Anyone Notice? It’s not just the two teams involved. Although, let’s be honest, nobody outside Philadelphia cares about the Phillies (we’re pretty sure Phillies fans don’t give a damn about that) and, despite the underdog appeal, literally nobody this side of Dick Vitale is really invested in the Rays (that’ll soon change, we hope). We feel like it’s all kind of a shame. We’re big, big baseball fans. And irregardless of the fact that the Cubs or Padres (there you go, boys) are rarely if ever in the Series, this should be baseball’s ultimate showcase. … But in a lot of ways, this year’s Fall Classic was a disaster. The television ratings have been pretty awful. We all know that and knew it would be like that going in. We even found ourselves flipping around or watching weird weekday college football games instead of focusing in on the World Series. “- Rumors and Rants

29
Oct
08

Bud Selig’s handling of the World Series, Greg Oden injury top the blogs

Over the past 24 hours, the World Series continued its hold on the top spot in the Top 5 Topics as bloggers debated MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s handling of the weather delays. Portland Trail Blazers C Greg Oden’s foot injury just minutes into his NBA debut last night garnered a lot of attention from bloggers, many disappointed that his true ‘debut’ will be even further delayed. The video of Danyelle Sargent’s interview with 49ers coach Mike Singletary continued to be highly discussed following Sargent’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show attempting to explain the incident. Although some feel the gaffe regarding Bill Walsh is inexcusable, others feel sorry for Sargent because the clip never appeared on the air so her mistake never should have been public. Along with Oden’s injury, the start of the NBA season was a popular topic. Rounding out the Top 5, bloggers posted a video clip from last night’s Marshall vs. Houston football game in which Houston WR Patrick Edwards suffered a compound leg fracture after colliding with a band equipment cart sitting a few yards past the end zone line. Bloggers expressed condolences and get-well wishes for Edwards, while questioning why the cart was so close to the field.
28
Oct
08

World Series still on top, but Mike Singletary becoming a blog sensation

Over the past 24 hours, the World Series continued to be the most popular topic among sports blogs, though many wondered how Monday’s Game 5 rain delay would affect the remainder of the series. San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary’s post-game press conference also continued to generate discussion as well as a video clip of a pre-game interview with Singletary by Fox’s Danyelle Sargent in which she asked about whether he talked with Bill Walsh after getting the 49ers job, apparently unaware that Walsh is deceased. The gaffe never made it to air, but the clip was picked up from the network’s ‘open feed’ by WNBC-TV show “Mike’d Up”, then made its way to the internet. Monday Night Football was also highly discussed, with many surprised that the Titans continue to be undefeated. The behavior of Phillies fans sparked blog discussion following an article from the St. Peterburg Times that condemned their hostile treatment of Rays fans. Rounding out the Top 5 was news that Washington head football coach Ty Willingham will step down at the end of the season after going winless so far this season.

27
Oct
08

Phillies take a 3-1 series lead, stay at the top of blog discussion

Over the weekend, the World Series was the most popular topic, with bloggers discussing the Phillies taking a 3-1 lead over the Rays and the series relatively low TV ratings thus far. College football was also highly discussed, in particular Penn State’s close win over Ohio State, Georgia’s win over LSU, Texas’ close win over Oklahoma State, Florida’s big win over Kentucky, and Texas Tech scoring 63 points in its win over Kansas. Former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas sparked blog discussion after reports that he was taken to the hospital for a sleeping pill overdose. Thomas later stated that it was actually his daughter that was taken to the hospital, a statement disputed by NY police. The NFL was a popular topic following the Giants’ close win over the Steelers, 49ers coach Mike Singletary’s ‘intense’ post-game press conference, and reports that several NFL players have tested positive for substances classified as water pills. Rounding out the Top 5 was talk of fans in Boston being injured after a check into the glass caused it to shatter during the Bruins game vs. the Maple Leafs.
27
Oct
08

PGA McGladrey Team Championship Update

The Stonebridge Ranch Country Club of McKinney, Texas, representing the Northern Texas PGA Section won the PGA McGladrey Team Championship with a 3-stroke victory.The team was made up of PGA professional Joseph Menton and amateurs Eric Kelly, Jim Freed and Mickey Freed.

This is an eclectic group of guys. Amongst the team there is a former pastor, an air

Stonebridge Ranch Country Club Team at the PGA McGladrey Team Championship

Stonebridge Ranch Country Club Team at the PGA McGladrey Team Championship

craft mechanic and an insurance agent.

It must of been so special for this team from Texas to succeed in the qualifying rounds, make it to magnificent Pinehurst and win the PGA McGladrey Team Chamionship.

RSM McGladrey’s sponsorship and architecture of this event has allowed these amateur golfers to be forever known as national champions.

24
Oct
08

Blog In-Depth: David Beckham on loan to AC Milan from MLS L.A. Galaxy

Buzz Manager™ analyzed online discussion surrounding L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham playing for AC Milan on loan during the MLS off-season.

The Buzz ranked 3 out of 10, a topic of low level of interest among sports bloggers.

–     Bloggers in the Positive category thought it was a good move by Beckham. The benefits for Beckham and AC Milan were discussed more highly than any benefits for MLS. Some thought that Beckham playing in Italy in the off-season would be beneficial for MLS in that Beckham would be maintaining a high profile in soccer and could continue to increase buzz when he returns to L.A. for the MLS season.

Bloggers in the Negative category wondered why MLS would risk losing Beckham, arguably its most valuable asset, to Milan permanently given how much MLS has invested in him. Some also pointed out that it reflects poorly on the L.A. Galaxy that some perceived the team to be out of the loop of any negotiations.

–     Bloggers in the Neutral category understood Beckham’s desire to stay fit and compete at a high level during the off-season to try to secure his spot on the England team. However, they were unsure if this move would accomplish that or how it would affect his relationship with the Galaxy.

That’s the first thing that makes this rumour intriguing: why would the Galaxy, and MLS, risk what may become a permanent move to Milan if Beckham thrives there? Why would they release their most valuable asset, even for something as limited as a loan deal? Sports Caddy

23
Oct
08

Phillies take Game 1, while drama follows Brett Favre

Over the past 24 hours, the Phillies’ Game 1 win over the Rays in the World Series dominated blog conversation. ESPN covering the ‘Brett Favre talked about the Packers to the Detroit Lions’ story for the first time yesterday, following Favre’s press conference, continued to raise the suspicions of bloggers that ESPN purposefully avoided the story because it was first broken by Fox’s Jay Glazer. Making a first appearance in the Top 5, Cal football player R.J. Garrett and former Cal player Gary Doxy have been charged in connection with a robbery last month of two Cal crew team members. Bloggers were amused because Garrett and Doxy intended to rob a crew team member that reportedly made racial slurs at a party a few days earlier, but ended up targeting and robbing the wrong people. Although they are highly-ranked and undefeated, it’s the Texas Tech football team’s kicking woes that are garnering attention from bloggers after news that Matt Williams, a Tech student that won a promotional place-kicking contest at a game, has been added to the team and may take the field against Kansas this weekend. Rounding out the Top 5 was news that Texas QB and Heisman contender Colt McCoy said he will return for his senior season next year.



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