Sideline to Sideline

Just one man's opinion on various sports topics coupled with a media reference here and there. If it is worth anything, I will try to stay away from the T.O. topics...wait, did someone say he might be going to Denver?

Friday, April 28, 2006

You are now free to blog across the nation

Southwest Airlines is the latest to join the blogosphere. Tired of laying in the (pardon the pun) wings and listening to people talk about his or her experience with the airlines, Southwest Airlines has decided to supply an outlet for customers and employees to communicate freely.
"There was a growing online community having conversations about travel and Southwest," said company spokeswoman Linda Rutherford. "We could watch that conversation, or become part of it."
Southwest launched its blog, "Nuts about Southwest," last week. Rutherford said about 20 employees, including a flight attendant, a pilot and a mechanic, have volunteered to write for the blog. She said Southwest will try to update the site at least three times a week.
This isn't the first time Southwest Airlines has thought outside the box. Years ago they were a part of a reality tv show, which involved cameras following their employees who had to deal with angry passengers.
They realize that negative comments are going to come. But they also realize that is just one of the components that makes a blog what it is.
"The general public doesn't know real people work there and have real thoughts and real opinions," he said.
Hopefully this blog will silence some of those thoughts.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A few blurbs

1. Brent Barry may have the nastiest chops in the league, but the brotha sure can shot the trey. I never, ever lose confidence in the Spurs, especially on our home court. But last night , I cam pretty close. Barry put up a 3 in the winding seconds of Game 2 with the Spurs down by 3. It clanked off the side of the rim, hit the front, went up and kissed the glass then came down and went through....thank god.

2. Favra coming back.
This is a confusing topic for myself. I really don't know what to think about it. For one, Favre left the Packers hanging too long. He made the announcment yesterday -5 days before the draft. Secondly, No. 4 has thrown more INTs than anyone in the league over the past three seasons...who did they get in the offseason to help him
get over that? So they picked by Charles Woodson, big whoop...he will get injured in Week 1 anyway.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

blogide blog blog

We hear them all the time and it never seems to really suprise me. But when I came across this figure today, I was a little taken back.
"Technorati currently tracks over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day - and 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created."
Um, wow.
This was found in a blog posting posted by Tecnorati founder David Sifry on his blog Sifry Alerts. He went on to say, "That's an increase both absolute and relative terms over just 3 months ago, when only 50.5% or 13.7 million blogs were active. In other words, even though there's a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging continues to grow as a habitual activity."
Tire-kicking? All I am seeing is pure streaking around the track. This is just nearly unthinkable that this many blogs are being posted that often. And, clearly from the numbers Sifry has posted, it doesn't look like this is going to slow down anytime soon.
Here is a summary of what Sifry posted on his blog:
In summary:
Technorati now tracks over 35.3 Million blogs
The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour

Those figures have got to wow you.

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Silver and Black on the attack

Ok, first of all I just can't see a basketball team winning a championship when their coaches first name is Flip. Hey, I understand the type of problems DEEEEtroit BASKETBALLLLll poses for people. They can do it on the offensive and defensive end as well as anyone in the league. But there is this team 45 minutes south of Austin that can do both of those things equally, if not better than they can.
Oh, and that team is also the reigning NBA champs.
For those non-believers who think Timmy D's plantheo plathawhatever is going to hurt our chances. Or for those haters who think this is Detroit's year, or even (laugh) dallas', I just have one thing to say: Don't hate the flambouant, hate the fundamental.
We (Spurs fans) have heard it all year long: Timmy D can barely even walk, our best post player this year is our point, Tony Parker. Our bench isn't capable enough. Hey, say what you want...we still won a franchise-record 63 games.
Ron Artest is promising that the Kings will win the series, saying that they are the favorite because of the way they have been playing. I think the nut has had too few many fun nights at the Palms because there is not way that is going to happen.
The playoffs are so much different that the regular season in that the games slow down to a half-court pace and the up-and-down game is virtually thrown out the back door.
Sure Ron Artest may be the best defensive player in the league, though I would give the nod to Bruce Bowen. But Artest's supporting cast is nowhere near that of what Bowen has to work with. The defensive clamps will be placed on Bibby, Miller and the rest of the Maloof's crew. Timmy D will dominate.
The Spurs will take the Kings best punch, but will prevail with ease.
Spurs in 4.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Austin is the right fit for Barnes

When North Carolina State let go of head basketball coach Herb Sendek shortly after the Wolfpack's loss to Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, everyone's favorite name to step in and take over was Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes.
While Barnes, who is from Hickory, North Carolina, would have been going back towards Tobacco Road, Texas Athletic Director Deloss Dodds quickly restructured his contract. Barnes will see his annual base salary jump from $1.3 million to $1.8 million with a $125,000 incentive for reaching the NCAA Tournament.
Even if Barnes' contract would have reach a measly $1.5 million a year, why on earth would he leave Texas? This football school is slowly adding another sport to its label. While basketball isn't quite at the intense level found in say the ACC, there are several reasons that would suggest that Texas is headed in that direction.
For one, the Longhorns have the second largest Athletic budget in the nation. Yearly, the state of Texas dispurses some of the best talent of of high school. And a good portion of those kids have made their way to Austin.
The Longhorns also have the best practice facility in the nation. The recruiting tools are endless, the program is coming off of an Elite 8 appearance, and sooner than later this University will bring home a national championship. There is no reason for him to leave. This is where he belongs.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Worldwide leader of Podcasting?

What won't they do? ESPN semi recently picked up Monday Night Football. It is the prime station for college basketball, MLB, bowling, cheerleading, and just about everything else that categorizes itself as athletic or sporty.
Now the Worldwide leader is sports is diving into the world of podcasting.
ESPN has been in the blogosphere for sometime now. But only recently have they conducted a site fully devoted to podcasting. Pod Center, as they call it, has listings from the likes of Dan Patrick, The Herd, and Mike and Mike. Fans have the option to listen to interviews on the go as well. Want to know the latest on Barry's pursuit of Sultain of Swat? How's the boss feeling about the Yanks early season slump out of the gates? What's the latest NFL mock draft look like? Pod Center allows you to access all of that in an easy to use webpage. I had a feeling, especially with ESPN's hunger for expanding their network, that they would pick up on this. So far, it looks like it was a good move.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

PHIL-ing Masterful

It's hard to beat Masters Sunday. The competition, Augusta, Amen Corner, the Green Jacket presentation. It's the best day in golf. Today, it became even better when Phil Mickelson pulled off his second Masters victory in three years.
"I knew it was going to be a tough day," Mickelson said.
He made it look easy with his 3-under 69 in the final round. He finished at 7-under-par 281 and earned $1.26 million, putting him atop the PGA Tour money list. The victory also moved him up to No. 2 in the world ranking behind Tiger Woods.
The Sudnay was also spruced up by the play and character of Fred Couples, who finished tied with four others at 4-under. He was paired with Mickleson, and the two looked to have had as much fun for two people fighting for a major's championship as anyone could have in that situation.
All these things, plus the play of lesser known players like Chad Campbell and Tim Clark, made this Masters Sunday one to remember.

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Moblogging catching on in India

By now, we should all know that the blogosphere has caught the United States' full attention. But, at least on my end, I remain a bit unsure as to how blogging has effected the rest of the globe. I know it is catching on, I know the U.S. was even one of the last countries to have been bit by the blog bug. But what about some of the other parts of the world?
According to this article,00020018.htm - it is estimated that there are approximately 7 million bloggers and 33 million blogs worldwide. The article, which was written in the Hindustan Times, also estimates that 250,000 of those bloggers reside in India.
“Blogging in India has moved from niche to mainstream. Nontechy people have also taken to blogging to share their viewpoints, common interests and even photos. We are now ready to move into the next level of blogging—on the mobile phones," Krishna Prasad, Head Programming, MSN India said.
Moblogging - "consists of content posted to the Internet from a cell phone or a portable device such as PDA and involves technology, which allows publishing from a mobile device" - is starting to catch on in India in hopes that it will get "like minded people to connect, share and express their views."
Moblogging may even work more so than blogging in India because the country is more mobile driven than Internet driven.
It is clear that the MSM and CJ heads in India are pushing extremely hard to get blogging to go mainstream, even more than it already is.
Apparently the world, especially places like India, are much farther along in this aspect than I first imagined...and I think that is a wonderful thing.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

But its only a scrimmage, right?

On Saturday, April 1, the Texas Longhorns football team held their annual spring scrimmage at Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium to begin their trek at defending their national championship title.
Despite remodeling issues, one of the hottest days of the year, the 40 Acres Fest, and the Final Four taking place at the same time, Longhorn fans came out in full force to support their team. An estimated 41,200 showed up by games end proving that in Texas, it doesn't matter if it's a game, practice or team meeting. If it's open to the fans, the Longhorn faithful will show up.
In my photoblog I have captured some pictures of the fans during the scrimmage. Judging from the looks on their faces, they were ready for the season to begin.
Unfortunately this would be their only chance to see the team in a game type atmosphere until the season kicks off on Sept. 2 against North Texas.
Please feel free to view my photoblog. Hopefully you will get a feel for the type of commitment Longhorn fans have for their football team - even if it is only a scrimmage.