January 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
There are two kinds of good sportswriters: The writer that tells you exactly how it happened and the writer that entertains you no matter how it happened.
I try to be the latter, but most of the time I’m just trying to deflect hate mail.
I write for a growing community of sports blogs called Sports Blog Nation (SBN) and some of you already know that because you came here from there, and some of you don’t because you came from somewhere else and that fascinates me. What did I do to make you find me?! I could really use information like that.
I honestly believe that SBN has some of the best sports writers working today and I’m not just saying that because I am biased. (And I am totally biased.) It makes me frowny face to think about what gets produced on the most major sports websites compared to what us bloggers do, but I have faith that eventually of the hard work we do is paying off.
(I am currently re-watching every game of the 2011 NFL season, so it better pay off.)
For some other writers on the site, they’re already beginning to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and they completely deserve it. One of those writers is Jon Bois. @jon_bois
There’s a few funny writers on the blog nation, but I am so busy that I have a hard time coming across most of them. When Jon posted his “Greatest Animated Sports GIFs of 2011″ though, it was hard to ignore. Seriously, it does not matter if you like sports or not, READ IT.
Being a good sports writer or a funny person though doesn’t always automatically translate to Twitter success for me. I love sports and I write about sports, but I tweet about a lot of other things besides sports. I’m just trying to make my 140 characters provide a little bit of value in your life.
I think that’s what Bois does with 140 characters as well.
So far in my Twitter Follow of the #FF, I’ve done @KenJennings and @BMcCarthy32, two unexpectedly hilarious guys who already had plenty of followers. Bois has followers, but deserves plenty more. I’m not sure how much of an impact a little guy like me would have but as my mom always “Any attention for me is good attention, now go up there and compete in this beauty pageant!”
As always, you can also follow me @casetines, but first follow those guys because they’ve accomplished more in their lives so far and I’ve got a ways to go.
December 30, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Not since Quiz Show was a thing has a game show contestant become famous. Except this guy wasn’t given all of the answers, though I’m launching a full investigation.
Ken Jennings won over two and a half million dollars (which doesn’t look quite as impressive as $2,520,700!!!) by winning 74 straight games of Jeopardy, which is cool but I’ve won 320 straight games by playing at home against my imaginary wife.
Jennings eventually lost to Nancy Zerg, a woman so unimportant that she doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Way to go Ken.
He is also a family man, a Mormon, a nerd, and a very smart guy. He was born in Edmonds, WA (HOLY SHIT THAT’S WHERE I WAS BORN!) and then spent much of his childhood in Korea and Singapore, which makes him “that annoying kid that thinks he’s SOOOOO cultured.” For me personally, this would signify that Jennings has a lot going for him, but wouldn’t be the kind of person I’d expect to be funny.
Yet, he is. He’s funnier than most comedians on Twitter.
Jennings may have eventually become a loser to Zerg, to Ultimate Tournament of Champions winner Brad Rutter, and to WATSON,
but he’s a winner on Twitter and one of my favorite follows.
You can also read his blog: http://ken-jennings.com/blog/
Or read his book Maphead
If you are going to buy his book, that’s fine, but please nobody just give him money. He already got enough that just for being good at Trivial Pursuit!
We’ve already created a monster: