12.03.2006

winner!

Congratulations to my partner, Redsock! His blog, The Joy Of Sox, won Best Sports Blog in the Canadian Blog Awards. Impressive!

Diebold was not involved, and as far as we know, all the votes were counted, one time each. I attribute Redsock's success to a dedicated GOTV campaign, with a special assist from some key citizens of Joy Nation. Thanks to everyone who voted, and to everyone who put up with Allan's nagging frequent reminders to vote.

What does it mean that the best sports blog in Canada is about baseball, not hockey? Is it the Americanization of Canada? Deep Integration? Or just a great blog?

Congratulations, too, to all the bloggers whose blogs were in the Canadian Blog Awards, especially to those who made it to round two. Many thanks to My Blahg for creating and hosting the awards.

Allan will be thanking his volunteers at a pep rally tonight, after which his political career will go down in flames. Years from now he will speak at a Canadian political convention. YEEEARGH!

22 comments:

redsock said...

Thanks!

And now ... on to the 2007 campaign!

mkk said...

Congratulations, Redsock! Hooray for Joy of Sox! Of course, I voted for you -- not that I know anything at all about sports blogs.

Love your photo of Tala, though you really should replace it with one of her with Cody. Tala may already be Alpha-Dog-Elect, but Sweet Cody was there first.

L-girl said...

Hey, Gypsy was there first.

Alpha-Dog-Elect, that's funny. Soon Cody will be walking around with Tala's picture.

L-girl said...

I like this picture of Allan and Tala.

triple said...

Love your politics but I've got to tell you:

Baseball is not a sport.

;-P

L-girl said...

Baseball is not a sport.

It's... literature? Opera? Frozen dessert? Bedroom slippers?

I take it you mean, "Baseball is not a sport I like."

Anonymous said...

It's boredom incarnate.

It's a pastime.

John Kruk perhaps said it best:

"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player."

Football is a sport, hockey is a sport, soccer is a sport, basketball is a sport - albeit one that I don't like.

I can't respect baseball. Anyone can catch a ball with a big glove in the middle of an open field where no one is trying to hit you, tackle you or take your head off.

I can even respect cricket in that the ball can be hit in 360 degrees, it's hard wood and people catch it with their bare hands.

But not baseball.

I have watched exactly seven games of baseball in my life and have never had the urge since. Which seven? The 86 Mets/Sox series. I still don't know why. I suppose it will add insult to injury, but I was cheering for the Mets. I don't know the reason for that either but, now knowing about what that team was really like, it makes it even funnier.

The good news is that, living in Vancouver, baseball is not even on the map. It doesn't enter into my world except for this horrible little window, after the heights of NHL playoff action and football (American or Canadian) hasn't started yet, there is nothing but televised baseball on. luckily it's spring at that point and the outdoors beckons so the TV gets turned off.

Anyway, the comment was meant as a friendly razz more than a serious challenge and, as I said, I love your politics and couldn't agree more with the things I read here. But I can't help but wince every time I see a baseball post.

;-P

redsock said...

I can't respect baseball.

Yet your name is "triple".

It's boredom incarnate.

To those who know what to watch for, there are actually too many things going on simultaneously to concentrate on all of them before the entire on-field equation shifts, and a viewer has to re-concentrate.

(This can really only happen in person. TV shows a small fraction of what's going on. Plus TV has utter morons, like Mr. Kruk, saying shit that is either meaningless, in direct contradiction to what is happening on the field or makes no sense.)

L-girl said...

But I can't help but wince every time I see a baseball post.

Please wince more quietly next time.

I don't really need this nonsense on my blog.

You have no idea how ignorant - and stupid - you sound, quoting someone like John Kruk, or saying "Anyone can catch a ball with a big glove in the middle of an open field where no one is trying to hit you, tackle you or take your head off".

It's not softball. Have you ever tried to play the game? Ever tried to hit a pitched ball, from a real pitcher?

If you don't like it, you don't like it. Whatever. Each to her/his own. I don't like plenty of things, but I don't show up on a stranger's blog and explain why one of their greatest passions is a worthless waste of time.

L-girl said...

I have watched exactly seven games of baseball in my life and have never had the urge since.

I've listened to a few operas in my life, and I don't care for operas. But I don't appear on the blog of an opera fanatic to tell them their favourite music is not really music. Why? (Besides that it's not my business, and I'd sound like an idiot?) Because I know I don't know anything about it, because I've heard very little opera.

Hopefully you can see the analogy.

I suppose it will add insult to injury

Not at all. Cheering for a great team like the '86 Mets is neither insult nor injury.

James said...

Baseball is not a sport.

This reminds me of the classic George Carlin routine about what is or isn't sports:

Soccer isn't a sport! Why not? They got dots on the ball! Hey, my rules -- and I say, no dots on the ball!

L-girl said...

This reminds me of the classic George Carlin routine about what is or isn't sports:

It just reminds me of how ignorant some people are.

Woti-woti said...

'Triple' is hardly worth the keystrokes. My sporting exterminator friends (whom I respect) tell me that the best way to get rid of trolls is to simply ignore them and they go away on their own.

redsock said...

I can't respect baseball.

It's not all that impressed with you, either.

L-girl said...

My sporting exterminator friends (whom I respect) tell me that the best way to get rid of trolls is to simply ignore them and they go away on their own.

Your friends are right. But I wouldn't call "triple" a troll.

My response did bring out our old friend GaryStJ, though. He's such a persistent little bugger.

doug said...

yea I have checked it out a few times "Joy of Sox" and it's a very well researched, written blog one for any baseball fan whether they are a sox fan or not. I hope for the Sox sake they DON'T trade Manny as he's someone that's easy to take for granted..but he is invaluable he protects Ortiz and to find a consistent 120 RBI guy is not easy, to say the least .They never offered arbitration to Nixon, let him go, sign J.D.Drew, keep Manny, and in a year go for Vernon Wells....there's a outfield, plus Ortiz ...anyways any site on baseball is a good one...can u believe the Giants signed Gary Roberts to a 3 year 18 million contract...my god, 6 mill a year for Gary Roberts...what's Vernon going to be worth it's mind-boggling...

L-girl said...

I heart Manny. Any team is richer for having him. He's a fearsome hitter, a hard worker, he's turned himself into a very good outfielder, plus he's so much fun. Why any team wouldn't want the Dynamic Duo - the modern day Babe and Lou - batting back-to-back is beyond me. If the front office can't deal with Manny, they should increase their Prozac.

L-girl said...

Psst Gary, I wasn't wondering. I've been blogging for 2.5 years. I would expect quite a bit of turnover during that time. Wmtc also has a very loyal readership, which you must know, since you appear to be among them.

I do review comments in email. That's why yours are never up for more than a minute or two.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind being called ignorant, stupid or an idiot and thank you for not calling me a troll as I really don't feel that I am. Although, I guess, that's for you to decide.

I'm fairly certain that I've made comments here before, but they would have been quite a while ago. They certainly were not controversial and I doubt if they were even memorable - I don't remember them myself. One thing I am certain of is that I have read this blog for quite a while.

Things that I like: snowboarding, photography, politics, pop art, electronic music, macs, documentaries, Vancouver, graphic design, video games and the afore mentioned sports.

Feel free to make fun of those things. Or not.

My blog, www.tripleman.com. Feel free to go there and critique. Or not. It's not a matter of trying to drive traffic, it's opening my door as you have opened yours.

I have made spectacular catches (in my mind ;-) ) while being tackled on a football field. I've had to dodge pucks at ridiculous speeds while standing in front of a net. I've been pasted (and done my share of pasting) to the boards while trying to move up ice. After that, it's hard to look at baseball and see the challenge. But that's just my opinion. I guess I just like sports with a more physical nature.

I have never faced a real pitcher and I understand the difficulty involved in that. That is why I didn't single that out in my comments: I went for the easy target.

Anyway, I'll keep reading your blog - because it's good - and I might even make future comments.

But I promise I'll stay away from any regarding baseball.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, what the hell is a "sporting exterminator"?

L-girl said...

Triple, now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember your name from previous comments.

Things that I like: snowboarding, photography, politics, pop art, electronic music, macs, documentaries, Vancouver, graphic design, video games and the afore mentioned sports.

Feel free to make fun of those things. Or not.


Why would I do that? You like what you like. What's it to me?

I have made spectacular catches (in my mind ;-) )

If you lack the imagination to make great plays on the diamond, that's a failure of your own imagination, not of baseball.

Anyway, I'll keep reading your blog - because it's good - and I might even make future comments.

You are most welcome to.

But I promise I'll stay away from any regarding baseball.

Just to be very clear, you needn't have "stayed away" from baseball. Had you said "I don't like baseball, because I find it boring," I would have shurgged and said, "Each to his own."

However, you made a statement of purported fact ("baseball is not a sport"). That's why in my first response I tried to gently correct your statement. "... is not a sport that I like."

As you are not a troll, surely you must see the difference.

Anyway, thanks for reading wmtc, and for your nice words about it. I'll look forward to reading your future comments.

P.S. many people who don't have a Blogger blog put the name of their website in their Blogger profile. It makes them less anonymous. Bloggers and commenters tend to treat semi-anonymous commenters (those who have a name, but no place to which another commenter can respond - no accountability) more harshly than those with blogs or sites.

L-girl said...

Gee thanks for the suggestion, GaryStJ. I am aware of that option and choose not to use it.

Your insults are bordering on compliments now. You must be running out of material.

Bye now.