NFL Writing On Bleacher Report: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IMay 30, 2009

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Over the last three weeks here on Bleacher Report, I have read some of the best work I have read since I joined three months ago.  They say competition brings out the best in people, and I believe that it really did here.

I am not going to lie and say that I am not biting my nails, because I am.  I admit I have checked my e-mail about every hour waiting from an e-mail from CBSSports.  Yes, I hope and pray that I won, but now I am in the I JUST NEED TO KNOW stage. 

I waited until today to write this article for two reasons.

1.  Like CBSSports, I wanted to wait until the official close of the competition before speaking my mind.

2.  I didn't want to possibly offend anyone at CBSSports with a semi-sarcastic article and ruin any chance of getting the job.

Starting with the preseason, I am going to do a weekly article that I have titled "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly."  This is my first version I am doing on the CBSSports.com competition, and what they have brought to the BR.

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The Good

Fantastic Articles!

During this point of the offseason, it is hard to find any good information on your favorite sports team.  Over the last three weeks, there was plenty to go around.

CBSSports did a fantastic job at the list of articles they asked us to write.  Checking around for all of the teams, there was very interesting insight for every team.

New Writers.

This competition has brought some new faces here to BR.  I have become a fan of many of the new writers, not just Steelers ones.

I have tried to welcome all of them, but to those that I didn't, Welcome! Because only one is going to be picked for each team, I hope those that don't get it (not saying one of the new ones won't) I hope you all stay around.

The Bad

Loss of Arguing!

Since this competition started, there have been very few articles written about how great Peyton Manning is, how great Tom Brady is, and why one is better than the other.

I only read one article fighting for the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is elite.  I have heard very little about Tony Romo and his amazing talent even though he can't win a playoff game.

There was no smack talked about why the Ravens should kill the Steelers this year.  All of the articles written were done so well, and honestly, by most people, there wasn't a lot of arguing to be done.

These are one of the fun reasons to be here on BR.  Because I like to argue with people.  If they aren't saying things to argue about, because CBSSports told us what they wanted, so people didn't have the ability to write articles you wanted to argue with.

On this note, I would like to thank Timothy Kessler, another writer here on BR.  In almost every article I wrote, Timothy found a way to bring our O-Line into the debate, and give me the fix I needed to argue.

Thanks Timothy!

Slide Shows.

I have never done a slide show, because that just isn't my thing.  Tried once, and I was writing myself comments on how I wasn't good at it.

However, there are some people here on BR that do a wonderful job at it.  It is their strong suit. 

Not many people created slide shows because they really didn't fit into what CBSSports was asking for.

I missed them, and I am glad they will be back soon.  So, all of you that are good at it, get to work!

The Ugly!

I am going to start with myself!

Have you seen my profile picture?  When the competition started, my wife told me I needed to change my picture.

She said I looked like a goof, and CBSSports would never take me seriously.  So, I let her pick the picture, and it was worse than the first one!

In trying to change it, I realized that I have no good pictures of me.  I am either very ugly, or I am too goofy that in every picture I am making a face.

The one I have, with me on the Harley is the best one I could find.  And it came out blurry!

TJ Jenkins. 

I have a ton of respect for TJ.  I think he is a great writer, but one of the worst thing that could have happened for TJ was his timing.

I joked with TJ by e-mail about this, so now the competition is over, I am going to tell you all about it.

In April, TJ wrote a series of articles on Ben Roethlisberger.  A link to the first one is right here.  If you haven't read them yet, you really should, they are great.

Had TJ waited until this competition to publish those articles, I don't think many people would have had a chance against him.

I, at least the selfish part of me, am glad that his timing sucked on this one. It may be ugly for him, but good for the rest of us.

I hope you all liked this version of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."  Look for more in the near future.

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