MMA Featured Columnist and occasional Breaking News Team writer here at Bleacher Report. Proud graduate of the Sportswriting Internship program (I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their writing and opportunities at B/R). I enjoy a good dialogue with readers so feedback is always welcome. You can follow me on twitter @Ballentine_Alex

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  • Chris posted 14 days ago


    In not too many years stories like your one today about Ronda Rousey's loss will look really stupid for their gratuitous use of tweets. Adds nothing to the story - it's as it you are doing it to look technically savvy or sophisticated. But, to a smart consumer of journalism, it just makes you look stupid and unimaginative. Just extra words, not even extra puffery as some puffery actually adds something to the story. But this is just stupid, as shown below: (Rather ironic that when I cut and pasted, your computer was smart enough to know that the tweet itself was completely worthless and so it deleted it. You, however, and your editorial board, were not.)

    UFC 193 was supposed to be another celebration of Ronda Rousey's dominance. Instead, Holly Holm flipped the script and made it a historic night. She won the UFC women's bantamweight title with a second-round knockout win over Rousey in the main event in Melbourne, Australia.

    Bloody Elbow tweeted the official result of Saturday's bout:

    (tweet goes here)

    The first round had all the makings of a legendary upset. Holm's movement and technical boxing stunned Rousey as the challenger not only survived but also thrived. Holm not only caught

  • Phillip Gebhardt posted 52 days ago

    Phillip Gebhardt

    You are doing a fantastic job!
    -Garaway High School

  • Vinh Cao posted 828 days ago

    Vinh Cao

    No problem. As a rule of thumb, you should use the firsthand source if you can access it.

  • Swany Buaya posted 829 days ago

    Swany Buaya


    Does BR make you put Twitter inserts in articles? You had 2 in the Little League article that didn't really add anything you couldn't have written yourself. To me, unless it's a tweet from a notable player or source, it makes a less enjoyable read. Not picking on you because I notice it in a lot of BR articles.

  • Ball Hartman posted 849 days ago

    Ball Hartman

    Alex, your article on Michael Dyer says he "has not played since being named the offensive MVP of the 2011 National Championship Game". This isn't true. He played for Auburn in the 2011 season and was released in January of 2012

  • Anthony Kang posted 868 days ago

    Anthony Kang

    Hey, thanks Alex. That really means a lot. Much appreciation for the attention to the feedback.

  • Callum Mackenzie posted 872 days ago

    Callum Mackenzie

    Hey Alex,

    I was hoping to link your article on Julio Cesar in my piece about Arsenal's goalkeeping situation. Hope that's okay! Let me know if you'd rather I didn't.

  • Tiffany Brennan posted 889 days ago

    Tiffany Brennan

    You're welcome, Alex! Thanks for taking a look at that sentence. Keep up the good work!

  • Anthony Kang posted 995 days ago

    Anthony Kang

    Ya got it sir. Yea, I know what you meant, but you know readers...

  • Eddie Fargo posted 1014 days ago

    Eddie Fargo

    Hey, don't forget that Jeremy got 39 steals in January--leading the NBA for that month. His PPG is also trending upward, beyond the 12.6 PPG you quoted, to 13.5 PPG if you don't count his admittedly poor performance at the start of the season where he was recovering from the knee injury. That's even more significant if you remember that he's been getting less playing time of late.
    So, I think it's a little unfair--or at least premature--to say that Lin is only above average, in the top half. Few players with his point and assist averages put up stellar performances like the 28 pt game earlier this month, the 38 pt game in December, and numerous double-digit assist nights--not to mention that 'Linsanity' run in Feb 2011 where he averaged 25 PPG and picked up 38 pts against Kobe and the Lakers, then followed it up with 28 against Dirk Nowitzki. The guy obviously has some serious talent, but also some serious consistency issues as of late--shared in part by the youth and inexperience of his teammates, who can't always figure out how to, well, play ball together. Anyway, despite these issues, his numbers are on an uptrend, and he hasn't even played a full season yet. But in a way, it's a good thing that he's being underestimated.