Burnt Orange Nation is beginning to select its nominations for the first annual College Football Blog Awards. BON's nominees for each award will be laid out in a separate post.
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CATEGORY: The Sports Fans Don't Cry Award
FOR: The blog that has suffered through its chosen team's dismal season with the most dignity.
CRITERIA: Continued engagement in the face of crippling, misery-inducing defeat. A stiff-upper lip and sane reaction to everything crumbling to dust.
Bear Meat Baylor didn't just suck this year. They suck every year. And, yet, the folks at Bear Meat founded a new blog devoted to Baylor athletics? You bet they did, and with aplomb. I'm easily entertained (by nature), but with the amount of written material I digest in one day (tens and tens of thousands of words), much of it very funny and clever, it's tough to get me to laugh out loud.
Bear Meat can be laugh out loud funny. They not only suffer through the role as lovable losers with dignity, they embrace it. Not in a million years could you have convinced me I'd regularly read a Baylor Blog. Well, I do. "Can I get a 'Sic em?" "Sic em!"
Black Shoe Diaries Mike's a real trooper. There was just nothing exciting about this year's Penn State team. When you combine that with a team who, the previous year, put together a remarkably entertaining and successful season, it would be easy to fall apart as a writer for that team.
Not Mike. He organized Nittany Lion roundtables, was as active as anyone in the blogosphere in general, and just generally threw himself into his site, results of the team be damned. It's not that Penn State sucked - they didn't - it's that they had such a limited ceiling. That can burn a fella out. I give Mike credit for blogging away like his team was 12-0, not 8-4.
Carolina March I'm a sucker for good writing. What can I say? I know TH is really glad hoops season is here, and though his site was just in its infancy during football, he never failed to make me laugh with his not football football coverage. If you know what I mean.
Being able to laugh at yourself, or your team, is laudable. I think it was this post when I realized I really, really like TH March. Well, I guess before that, really, since I recruited him to SBN. But I didn't quite anticipate how much I'd enjoy it. Perhaps I enjoy TH's writing so much because it reminds me a lot of my favorite blogger, period.