Have you folks ever visited other sports blogs? I ask this because as I dove deeper and deeper into the statistical aspects of the game of basketball, I (naturally) went online and did some research. I first ran into the Yahoo! Sports Blogs and acquainted myself with their resident "bloggers" Kelly Dwyer and at that time J.E. Skeets (who I preferred head and shoulders over the pointless rants of Trey Kerby). I saw a few stats here and there, but it was never any truly in-depth analysis of the stats ('cause all those numbers are boring and don't make for great readership). That's not to say that the writer's didn't ACTUALLY analyze the stats, but it seemed(s) like their pieces were(are) intentionally "dumbed down" and summarized for the sake of the reader. It was unchallenging, it got old, and the comments section turned into debates between children that would range from the statistically ignorant to the downright racist.
One day I looked to the right of my monitor..."Silver Screen and Roll" read a little side link and I was intrigued with the concept of having an exclusive Lakers blog to read through. I'm new to the whole blogosphere thinga-ma-bob, mainly because I've been really busy, but unemployment does terrible things to a person's psyche and thus, I had to find a way to keep the mind busy. I started reading the articles and found the authors to be refreshingly funny and also found the pieces to be quite insightful. For me, they were challenging because the authors threw the stats and jokes around like Steve Nash palms a basketball, quickly and often (kidding). I became...addicted. The authors expect the readers to raise their metaphorical games to match their own. I respect that as an aspiring writer because much too often, writers feel the need to reach a broad audience, and in doing so, lose the value of their words. The conformist writer does his reader a disservice by enabling his ignorance.
Things should be broken down the way they are here in the post-game wrap-ups. They should be broken down by different people to get different perspectives on the same issue. With that in mind, I also started commenting on the articles and found myself having coherent conversations (a revolutionary idea at the time) with fans of the Lakers and other teams as well. Pretty soon I wrote my first FanPost and did my best not to disappoint. I was reading FanPosts from other members of the community for a long time before I first posted, just to get a feel of what a proper FanPost might look like.
Lately though, I've seen new members left and right, people I didn't see during the season, and much more often now I see folks posting personal opinions without bringing rational arguments to the table. They forget the pudding. I find myself having to sift through an ever increasing amount of rubbish to find a decent post here and there. I like the high level conversations. I enjoy reading the insights from members like Ben R, C.A., Dex, SCG, BXF, amongst various others, even if I don't always agree with them. Relatively speaking, I'm new to the site, I haven't put in the hours or days to say "don't post what's on your mind". I can't imagine this ever being acceptable behavior (excluding trolling) and I'm operating under the premise that alienating new members in this manner would be counter-productive and insulting. However, I would also love to see the integrity of the work around here be maintained at the high level I've observed since arriving on the scene. It's what differentiates SS&R from the rest of the sports blogs. This is my humble request to all members new and old alike...Don't forget the insight.