August 25, 2009
Seven Burning Brett Favre Questions
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1. If Favre is benched for Tarvaris Jackson or if the Vikings decide to usher in the Age of Sage, will he just quit? Can anyone really imagine Favre happily holding a clipboard on the sidelines a la Jim McMahon?
2. When Favre is inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, can the Green Bay Packers just refuse to allow him to do so as a Packer? Is this part of his legacy that he doesn't own?
3. What are the University of Wisconsin marching band tuba players cooking up for November 1st?
4. Have the patrons of the Broke Spoke in Kiln, Mississippi found any Minnesotans willing to do remote shots?
5. What if the Vikings actually win on 11/1/09? Have the authorities considered the consequences of this kind of psychological blow to the state of Wisconsin in the middle of hunting season? Is it possible that a full scale border war could break out? And who would win in a gun fight between Wisconsin & Minnesota anyway?
6. Does anyone in Minnesota remember that Favre sucks in the Dome?
7. What's going to happen to all of the Green Bay Favre #4 jerseys out there? Maybe we can all donate them to some village in Africa like they do with things like "Tampa Bay Rays World Champions" t-shirts. Or would it be cruel to do that to innocent children?
August 18, 2009
The Favre Signing and Bad Email Marketing
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I got the email above about 10 minutes ago. What's wrong, you ask? Shouldn't I be applauding their quick marketing skill? Um, not so much. You see, Fans Edge has a lot of data about me. While my shipping address may indicate that I'd be interested in a purple #4 jersey, they should also know that all I've ever ordered from them is Milwaukee Brewers merchandise. Is there anyone in the world who is both a Brewers and a Vikings fan? I mean, if you're a Vikings fan, I'm just going to assume you root for the Twins. You want to know what it feels like to root for a winner sometime, right?
What FansEdge should have done is create a special version of this email just for fans in Wisconsin and those who've ordered Brewers, Bucks, Packers and Badgers merchandise. The email should have featured a #4 Durant Brooks jersey. I'm telling you, it'd be flying off of the shelves.
August 17, 2009
10 Best Songs of 2009 So Far
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Thanks to a great radio station, music-loving and concert-dragging-to friends and Paste Magazine, I've already found a nice bunch of great songs in 2009. Contrary to some people's beliefs, there is still good music being made. And, because I love writing lists more than I love talking about health care reform, here are ten great songs of '09.
- Antenna, by Sonic Youth: Some people love songs with pure melodies. While that's beautiful, I'm just as moved by noise and atmosphere like that in this song. Plus, if Sonic Youth is back, can the rest of the 90s be far behind? I've got my flannels waiting!
- Heads Will Roll, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: I loved Missing Persons back in the day, so of course I love their just-as-cool 2000s doppelgangers.
- Lalita, by The Love Language: I randomly saw this North Carolina band one night and was completely blown away. Some of their stuff is a little murky, but this song rises above it to just be three minutes of fun.
- Like Love, by Rhett Miller: So far, this is my favorite song from Miller's new solo release. It's sweet and earnest with a wonderful singalong chorus.
- Percussion Gun, by White Rabbits: If the staccato drums weren't cool enough, this song has handclaps, hooky vocals and some weird choral backing vocals!
- Raindrops, by Basement Jaxx: pure dance music usually isn't my thing, but this song is completely irresistible and is definitely this year's perfect summer song.
- Stillness Is The Move, by Dirty Projectors: I struggle to describe this song - it's like a mixture of R&B and middle eastern music. Whatever it is, it's addicting to listen to.
- Southern Point, by Grizzly Bear: This sounds a bit like a hippy song from the 60s or 70s (forgive me not knowing an appropriate artist comparison), but then the chorus kicks in and there's just a slight bit of distortion that makes it feel modern.
- This Tornado Loves You, by Neko Case: A pure song driven by amazing vocals. I feel like a fool for not knowing Neko Case before the last few months.
- Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, by Flight of the Conchords: while comedies can't win Oscars, funny songs can get on my top ten list.
August 10, 2009
Twitter Ban: ESPN has it (partially) right
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I've been quick to mock the mainstream media as being out of touch with the internet, but I think ESPN is almost dead on with its new Twitter ban.
Two things separate ESPN from any other sports fan: access and journalistic standards.
Before you roll your eyes at the words "journalistic standards", think about Michael Jackson's death. You may have read about it in some social media forum or at TMZ, but you didn't really believe it until CNN, the networks and the LA Times confirmed it, did you?
It doesn't make sense for ESPN to allow its reporters to post juicy gossip and scoops on non-advertising supported non-ESPN sites. At best, it devalues ESPN's own content and makes the reporter, rather than the network, (whose access ESPN provides) the news source and at worst it makes the viewer or reader questions whether they're hearing facts or crazy rumors from ESPN. And if that's the case, why go to ESPN when you can get that level of information from a thousand other different sources.
But here's where I think ESPN gets it wrong. By all means, they should allow on-air talent to express opinions galore on social media sites. If someone is interesting on Twitter, my thinking goes, then maybe they'll be interesting on ESPN, ESPN.com, ESPN radio, ESPN Deportes, or ESPN the whatever and maybe I'll follow them there.
ESPN is right not to allow social media to be a substitute for the network, but they still have to use it, not ignore it.