Posts Tagged ‘blog buzz

30
Dec
08

Bloggers keep pace with NFL firings

Over the past 24 hours, the firings of various NFL coaches was the most popular topic among the top sports blogs, in particular the firing of NY Jets coach Eric Mangini. The woes of the Dallas Cowboys continued to be a popular topic, especially from bloggers alarmed by comments from ESPN’s Cris Carter on WR Terrell Owens that if Carter ran the Cowboys he would get rid of T.O. immediately and ‘put a bullet in him’. Various college football bowl games were highly discussed, the Alamo Bowl between Missouri and Northwestern in particular. No. 11 Georgetown’s win over No. 2 Connecticut in men’s college basketball was also a hot topic. Rounding out the top five was bloggers denouncing N.Y. Post columnist Phil Mushnick’s opinion that Fox’s Howie Long jokingly calling fellow analyst Terry Bradshaw a “scumbag” on the air was inappropriate.

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23
Dec
08

NFL news dominates the Top 5

sports-blog-index-logo12Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the past 24 hours, the NFL accounted for all of the top five topics among the top sports blogs. The most popular topic was last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Bears and the Packers, with bloggers discussing the frigid weather conditions and the Bears’ overtime win. Video of Jets DE Shaun Ellis throwing a snowball at some Seattle fans Sunday quickly made the rounds of the blogs. Bloggers cheered on Ellis for retaliating against the fans throwing snowballs at Jets players as they left the field. The conflict between Lions coach Rod Marinelli and Detroit News columnist Rob Parker remained highly discussed, with the majority of bloggers taking Marinelli’s side. The NFL playoffs were a hot topic as bloggers analyzed and predicted various playoff scenarios. Rounding out the top five was a rumor about Browns DE Shaun Smith punching teammate QB Brady Quinn during an argument in the locker room.
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17
Dec
08

Contract extension for JoePa tops the blogs. Don’t forget his birthday!

sports-blog-index-logo10Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the past 24 hours, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno signing a three year contract extension was the most popular topic among the top sports blogs. Debate about the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl selections also fueled blog conversation. Controversy surround Auburn University’s hiring of Gene Chizik as the next football coach continued to be highly discussed. Rounding out the top five was gossip about Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and TE Jason Witten not attending WR Terrell Owens’ birthday party on Monday, increasing speculation that the trio do not get along. Rounding out the top five was the Knicks’ highly-paid point guard that is now banned from participating with the team, Stephon Marbury, purchasing a courtside ticket and attending the Knicks-Lakers game in Los Angeles as a spectator.

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15
Dec
08

Dallas Cowboys take center stage

sports-blog-index-logo9Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboys took center stage on the top sports blogs due to a combination of discussion on their win over the NY Giants as well as backlash from fans and Terrell Owens against ESPN’s Ed Werder for his report about conflict within the Dallas team. Also highly discussed was the Heisman Trophy, awarded over the weekend to Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, with many bloggers also amused that FoxSports.com initially mistakenly published a story stating that Florida QB Tim Tebow had won the award. Bloggers were perplexed by Auburn’s hire of former Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik as the Tigers’ new head football coach and entertained by Auburn fans’ negative reactions to the hiring. The N.Y. Yankees signing pitcher A.J. Burnett was also popular, with discussion about the amount of money the Yankees are spending on free agent signings continuing following last week’s signing of pitcher CC Sabathia to a record contract.  Rounding out the top five was the Philadelphia 76ers firing head coach Maurice Cheeks.

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11
Dec
08

The status of the AFL’s ’09 season intrigues bloggers

sports-blog-index-logo8Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the past 24 hours, speculation surrounding whether or not the Arena Football League would have to cancel its 2009 season was the most popular topic among the top sports blogs. A big trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats was also highly discussed, with many focusing on how the addition of Jason Richardson would benefit the Suns. Pitcher CC Sabathia reportedly signing with the New York Yankees remained in the top five. Discussion about the three Heisman Trophy finalists, Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, Florida QB Tim Tebow, and Texas QB Colt McCoy, was popular, with many surprised that Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell was left out. Rounding out the top five was praise for Denver Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony tying an NBA record with 33 points in a single quarter en route to a win over the Timberwolves.
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10
Dec
08

Visanthe Shiancoe – when a negative becomes a positive

Last week I talked about how Chris Cooley created a name and a brand for himself via the use of a blog.  So what about athletes who unintentionally become social media darlings? Can they capitalize on the publicity and reclaim their brand?

So far this week one of the most discussed topics among sports blogs was a Fox post-game segment from the locker room that inadvertently showed Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe partially nude. The freeze frame picture quickly found its way to the internet. Now, let’s be honest, how many of us non-Vikings fans had actually heard of Shiancoe before now? Anybody? Yeah, me neither. But apparently he’s tied for the NFC lead for touchdowns among tight ends. This single incident has catapulted a relatively unknown  six year NFL veteran into the public eye:

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Certainly Shiancoe doesn’t want to be known forever as the guy caught on camera nude in the locker room, but he has a very brief window of time to capitalize on the name recognition and try to change the conversation to protect his brand. Although Shiancoe is embarrassed, the public doesn’t see this as a transgression on his part; they blame Fox for airing it. While he has their attention and their empathy is the time to convert them into fans.

Shiancoe’s agent, Tony Agnone, said, [Shiancoe] said he hopes they talk more about his game-winning touchdown, his number of catches, his team’s playoff push and maybe his chance of making the Pro Bowl.” Now, while has fans’ attention, is the time to make that conversation happen.

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10
Dec
08

Is CC Sabathia officially a Yankee? Inquiring bloggers want to know.

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Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the past 24 hours, rumors that pitcher CC Sabathia has accepted an offer from the New York Yankees was the most popular topic among the top sports blogs. Also popular was Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis’ appearance on a radio show criticizing coach Jim Zorn’s decision-making. Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola’s comments regarding Lions fans’ negative attitudes towards the team were also highly discussed. News that Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich allegedly attempted to inappropriately influence the Tribune Company with the sale of the Chicago Cubs caught bloggers’ attention. Rounding out the top five was recently-fired head coach Barry Melrose’s comments that he hopes the Tampa Bay Lightning do not win another game all season.
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