He Will Take You Away

If the following video doesn't hit you on a number of levels, be dead and be gone from my sight:

Meanwhile, keepin' up with the future:

-Language and coverage of Gil. You know you love it.

-Eric Freeman coins the term "reverse-tanking," which I predict gets big.

There are some guest posts in the works, but for now, reacquaint yourself with my new home. And watch that video over and over again.

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At 1/13/2010 12:20 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

The real wonder is why Pat Robertson isn't doing leg presses with him.

At 1/13/2010 2:04 PM, Blogger Brendan K said...

I hope this comes off the right way and not as an implicit insult to the Baseline (because, Ty, I really dig what you're doing there now) but I think FanHouse pieces like this one are already looking like standouts in the canon of FD stuff written for more "mainstream" outlets. Top marks..

I also note that you echo a sentiment in this piece that I heard you mention on that Bullets Forever podcast I listened to on a plane today- namely that Gil was the first "Blog Superstar." While I won't quibble the title, I do have to preach that I think 'Sheed was(/is?) the patron saint of the NBA blogosphere. He may not have been the first, but he was probably the first that we all agreed was our own.

At 1/13/2010 6:44 PM, Blogger Steven Burman said...

...cue pre-meditated high five.
...cue false laughter and awkward guest-presenter interaction.

At 1/14/2010 11:52 AM, Blogger Bhel Atlantic said...

Regarding the WWE, which you referenced at the end of your Fanhouse article on stars, there was a time in the 1980s and early 1990s when the pro wrestling roster included "superstars" AND perennial losers like Barry Horowitz or Duane Gill. The insider argot for the losers was "jobbers": the New Jersey Nets of wrestling.

Anyway, it was more plausible to see the top guys like Honky Tonk Man, Jake the Snake, etc. as "superstars" when they dwelled in a purported athletic milieu that also included scrubs.

With the onset of the "Monday Night War" with WWF Raw vs. WCW Nitro beginning in 1995, both leagues felt a need to dispense with jobber matches and showcase "superstar" vs. "superstar" matches all the time, rendering the term meaningless. This may have been a bad decision in the long run, as fans now expect too much from the free television shows, and it's hard to build up a new, well, superstar.


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