Charles Tabb

Charles Tabb


A Cubs fan, Arsenal fan, and a student at the University of Illinois, I am for the most part a huge dork. My dorkdom extends to the realm of sports, which I have quite contently followed, analyzed, and known way too much about since the age of, oh, say, 4 (?). Questions of a wisely-led life aside (I feel good about it), I like to throw my 3 cents in on the question of sports from time-to-time. Baseball, basketball, soccer (I would like to call it football, but this is an American site isn't it), and tennis are my interests and what I like to spit a polemic about.


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  • Dann Khan posted 3148 days ago

    Dann Khan

    hey maye check out my article on underdogs

    Underdog Status: How Does The Magic Work

  • John Louie Ramos posted 3232 days ago

    John Louie Ramos


    Hope everything's fine..
    I would like to share my recent work to you.. =)

  • Jameson Fleming posted 3245 days ago

    Jameson Fleming

    Don't worry about posting the article on my board. My bio is for the idiots from other sports who feel the need to post every damn thing they write on my board. I tend to read almost everything that comes through the CBB community so I probably would have seen your article eventually anyway.

  • Rob York posted 3247 days ago

    Rob York

    Your piece about the tennis elite was also very good ... wish I'd read it on the day you published it.

  • Rob York posted 3247 days ago

    Rob York

    Thanks for becoming a fan!

  • John Louie Ramos posted 3247 days ago

    John Louie Ramos


    the article I am proud of.. my sports hero.. I hope you'll like it..

  • Sergey Zikov posted 3248 days ago

    Sergey Zikov

    Yeah, I give you my nod for POTD because I thought both of your articles about odd sports names was very well researched and written.

    I wrote a research paper a year ago about court psychology in tennis, and I'd be happy to publish it here if you'd be interested. There's a lot of info out there if you look hard enough.

    Brad Gilbert, who has coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, wrote a book called Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis. It's an excellent read if you ever get the time.

  • Tim Coughlin posted 3249 days ago

    Tim Coughlin

    Also, you might be encouraged to hear that I'm pretty sure once a keyword gets on an article from the headline, it stays least for a while. So those keywords you had in the headline before should still help it pop up in search engines. Not positive, but I've heard that.

    Check it out:

    Right now, your article is No. 2 on the Google results, and the same goes for Google News. Just searching for "Federer, Nadal" in Google News has your article pop up as the third item.

  • Tim Coughlin posted 3249 days ago

    Tim Coughlin

    Hi, Charles...thanks for following up.

    You're right about that, but there are a couple other factors. The main one is that I have different directions to follow for stories that make the front page. Those directions involve simplifying headlines to be more readable and enticing to click on.

    Name-dropping is to get your article reads from the get-go. If it's on the front page, it's already representing B/R and getting exposure, so we want it to have the best headline without necessarily worrying about keywords as much.

    Keywords are still important, but we really want to be able to use full names when we do employ names in headlines because it's the style we adopted to help with search engine results. So the other factor was that all the names you had were last names, and that differs from other headlines on the site. Technically, it's OK to just use last names when necessary, but we avoid it when we can.

    So, basically, continue to work keywords into your headlines when possible. The previous headline you had was fine, but the new one is a bit more readable because it's simpler, and simplicity is what was needed when it was on the front page.

    The "Dean Windass? Boof Bonser?: The 10 Best Sports Names of All Time" was another one I tweaked. In that case, we could still get those full-name keywords in there without it detracting from readability. It's possible the higher-ups would prefer simply "The 10 Best Sports Names of All Time" or "The All-Time Top 10 Names in Sports," etc., but they're usually on the same page with me for spicing things up like that. I know I'd be more likely to click on the article if "Dean Windass" was added to the headline.

    Anyway, sorry for the confusion, and I appreciate your diligence. Keep up the good pace and good work with your articles, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions going forward.


  • Rock posted 3250 days ago


    Welcome Charles. I liked your unbiased style of writing in the article.