Headlines, Links & Lies: “Shystering is Hard Work” Edition
Lovin’ ‘da Law
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a bit scarce lately. Such is the nature of a lucrative, overly time consuming, and somewhat sketchy litigation practice. For the record, if taking 14 depositions in 16 days is on your list of things to do, take it from me: skip it.
There have been a lot of things going on lately, but, in light of my near-perpetual absence over the last fortnight, I’ve had little to no opportunity to say one thing about any of them. Thus, here are a few items of interest I felt like passing along:
Clay Travis’ “On Rocky Top” is Released:
You’re going to be hearing a lot about this book, including my own review which I hope to post later this week. In short, Travis’ new offering is outstanding. I have read a lot of sports books over the years, and this one is one of the best. What’s more, you do not have to be a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers to enjoy this wonderful look at SEC football and—more importantly—SEC fandom.
You may remember Clay Travis from his days at DeadSpin and as a contributor on CBS Sports.com. He is also the author of “Dixeland Delight” and “Man! The Book” as well as a contributor to the “Rocky Top 2009” annual published by Maple Street Press (to which I also contributed).
Seriously, if you are a fan of SEC football, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Travis’ new book. Trust me, you will be glad you did. “On Rocky Top” is now available at bookstores or through web retailers such as Amazon.com.
I’ll be offering up a little more on this one in the near future…
The 2009 CBS Sports College Football BlogPoll
Yes, yes, friends and neighbors, once again the powers that be have elected to allow yours truly to participate in the CBS Sports College Football BlogPoll. All I can say is that I am truly honored to get the chance to cast my weekly vote for the Top 25 college football programs and to be counted among some of the best of the best in the blogosphere, and, yes, there are a bunch of great blogs involved, including my brethren at Rocky Top Talk and 3SIB.
The format for the 2009 BlogPoll will be the same as in the past. Each week, I will post a Draft or Preliminary Ballot after the conclusion of the week’s football frivolity (usually on Sunday night or Monday morning) for those of you out there to attack and destroy with all your gusto and might via your comments. Please, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong or flame me for being an idiot. Interaction with the fan community is a core component of the BlogPoll philosophy. I promise that I will consider all comments. Thereafter (around Wednesday-ish) I will—at least in theory—post a revised ballot noting any changes made as a result of your insults input and epithets suggestions or based upon other developments around the world of college football. From there, the collective will of blogosphere will be posted for all to see at CBS Sports.com, along with an analysis of the week’s balloting by the BlogPoll Illustrious Potentate, Brian Cook of the venerable MGOBlog.
In any event, the BlogPoll is a really wonderful partnership between the traditional media and the world of sports-bloggers (dare I say, “the Fifth Estate”?) and is a lot of fun for voters and readers alike. Look for the first ballot next week.
SEC Power Poll
In much the same vein, as above, Gate 21 will be kicking off it’s participation in the 2009 SEC Power Poll, which brings SEC sports-bloggers together to rank each of the SEC schools on a weekly basis. Last year this was a ton of fun. Just like with the BlogPoll, I promise to consider any and all comments from the peanut gallery regarding my weekly ballots.
Once submitted, each week Power Poll is analyzed and sensationalized by the CockNFire of Garnet and Black Attack and Team Speed Kills. For me, this is one of the best opportunities in blogging. As a dyed-in-the-wool SEC fan, there is nothing closer to my heart than all things “ESS-EEE-SEE!” I have also been known to … err … take a bit of creative license with my analyses of the various team, but I figure, what the hell?
Though I had given some thought to creating my own weekly college football pick’em contest, I decided that the best option was simply to ride the coattails of the competent collaborate with others. Furthermore, I just enjoy it more when there are more folks involved, thus, I will be participating in Rocky Top Talk’s College Pick’em Pool which is hosted at Fun Office Pools.com. The interface and function is easy to use, and it is just a lot of fun to show the entire world just how brilliant or how stupid you are. Oh, and did I mention that it’s free? All you have to do is sign up and you’re good to go. Be sure to jump in before the season starts.
Yeah, I know, not much in the way of substance, but this lawyerin’ is getting to be like having a job…
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