Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Favorite Blogs

I spend entirely too much time on the internet. It's quite possible that I'm addicted to it, and much of the time I spend surfing the web involves me perusing through a multitude of blogs. I enjoy reading blogs ranging from sports to media to music, but these are the three blogs I would take with me if I was stranded on a deserted island and somehow had access to three blogs!

SportsJustice by Richard Justice

Justice is a Houston Chronicle sports columnist who can frequently be seen as a contributor on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption. Being from Houston, I spend copious amounts of time trying to acquire Houston sports news and opinions, and Justice's blog allows me to obtain both of those things quickly. His knowledge is impeccable and his commentary often echoes the thoughts of Houston fans. Most recently, Justice let it be known that he, like most Astros fans, felt that the decision to move the recent Astros-Cubs series to Milwaukee, a city 90 miles away from Chicago, was a poor decision following Hurricane Ike's strike on Houston. He writes:

This game never should have been played at this location. No way. No how. I don't want to hear how it was the only available venue. Bull. If this is the best MLB could do, they should have called the whole thing off.
Justice later revealed that he shared those feelings with Commissioner Bud Selig. Unlike many columnists today, it appears Richard Justice truly believes what he writes.

Uni Watch by Paul Lukas

This blog makes fashion as masculine as it will ever get! Lukas' blog deals with uniforms in professional and collegiate athletics, and it keeps the reader up to date on everything from minor color changes on a baseball uniform to the color of a face mask on a football helmet. Some of the details pointed out by Lukas may border on the absurd to the average sports fan, but it's observations like these that thrill anyone interested in what he calls "athletics aesthetics." Lukas wrote this in response to a report that C.C. Sabathia, a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, was forced to modify a pair of shows by coloring them black on a night when the Brew Crew wore retro uniforms:

The Brewers normally wear black cleats. They also wear black cleats with their Friday throwbacks. So why would Sabathia need a different pair of cleats on Friday than for any other Brewers game? But let’s assume for a moment that he does need “retro cleats” for Friday home games. That leads us to the next question: Sabathia pitched on August 8th —a Friday home game — so what did he wear then?
I know many of you have lost hours of sleep trying to determine that same thing. Paul Lukas feels your pain.

Bruce Blog by Stan Goldstein

Bruce Springsteen has some of the most faithful fans in all of music, and I proudly consider myself part of that rabid group. During Bruce's recent world tour, I routinely found myself on Goldstein's blog, which can be found as part of Goldstein's blog features setlist updates, news from the road, and Bruce sightings that only the biggest of fans (stalkers) would care about. If you were curious as to where Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, were seated during a recent Bob Dylan show in Asbury Park, Goldstein has you covered. Goldstein states:

They were watching the show from the left side of the stage, behind a black curtain an d walked out the side door when the house lights came on at the end of the show.

Unfortunately, Goldstein doesn't report how many times The Boss got up to use the restroom during the show.

So, there are my three favorite blogs. If you're ever on that deserted island with me and you're curious as to what's happening in the world of Houston sports, how that new color scheme impacted your favorite team's jersey, or whether or not Bruce Springsteen broke out "Incident on 57th Street" at a recent show,well, my friend, you are in luck!

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