March 15, 2004

Sports on Gothamist

POST #    850

Starting today (or yesterday), I'm helping out over at Gothamist, a website about New York. I'm writing the Gothamist sports beat. Well, something like that. What makes me qualified to do this? I have no clue. Personal blog, plus interest in sports, plus interest in a few local teams, and some interaction with Jen and Jake. I guess that's it.

Gothamist readers (or my 10 readers) might wonder what teams I follow, well, here goes. College sports wise, I am loyal to the Univ. of Michigan. I tend to make a yearly trip back to catch a football game (see here for last year's). Locally, I am a Mets and Giants fan. I've followed the Mets and Giants since the mid-80s, when both teams were at their peak. While you may call this "front running", I would say that I'm not a front runner, since I've stuck with them since. They were just the good teams in my formative years. I am also a Rangers fan by default. I generally dislike pro-basketball (see here) and I used to despise the Knicks, but I've eased off on them.

Teams I despise include all the rivals of my teams. Well, not all the rivals. Here is the short list: Notre Dame, Yankees, Ohio St. To a lesser extent, I also dislike Duke. That pretty much sums it up.

My first entry is on the NCAA tourney, complete with a PDF bracket. I worked pretty hard on the bracket and had a good deal of help, so please feel free to use it. I actually made some picks in the entry, so check it out.

Yes, I am aware the Mets suck. But I have hope. Hopefully, they can climb out of the NL East cellar and finish 3rd this year (I'm also a realist) and hopefully Gothamist Sports will turn out great.

Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

Hopefully, this doesn't affect this site too much, but I'll probably cut back a little, but will have at least one post a day, which is pretty much what I've been doing anyway. So I guess this site won't change too much. The big loser here? My sleep and sanity. But at least one of those was missing already.

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 9:35 AM

 

 

I'm always amazed at the number of people that dislike Duke for no apparent reason. Considering that of all the "big-time" college programs, they have more players who are more college type players than pro-players stopping off on their way to the NBA (which to me means that the players Duke has are team players and not necessarily "me-first" players), I find it surprising that so many people dislike them. Maybe people just dislike their success?

While I'm still technically a graduate student at Duke, I'm fairly disassociated with the school. Even that being said, I'd rather root for them, their style of players, and their style of play, than a team full of freshman that are going pro after their first year on a team that plays NBA style isolate basketball in college..

Posted by: joe at March 15, 2004 10:15 AM

well, one of my reasons for disliking duke is their yearly victories against michigan. and that final four thing. so i have a couple valid reasons.

Posted by: tien at March 15, 2004 10:19 AM

people like new blood. duke is old blood. old blood that gets a ridiculous amount of calls during the course of a game.

Posted by: dan at March 15, 2004 1:49 PM

Tien,

Congratulations on your column, read it and it was great, and I'm not a huge sports fan, or a fan at all of any sporting events. How does it feel being part of the famous blogging institution known as Gothamist?

(I'm jealous, now I must find a cool site about Texas and e-stalk the editors until they are forced to let me contribute.)

Posted by: CJ at March 15, 2004 3:13 PM

thanks CJ. i'm glad that you liked it, especially since you say you're not a sports fan. i'm happy to be helping out on gothamist. i can't say i'm part of the institution yet, but jen and jake were nice enough to let me contribute.

in all fairness, my stalking extended to in-person meetings as well.

Posted by: tien at March 15, 2004 3:20 PM

People don't like Duke b/c they're the perennial favorites. With the exception of the brief Ricky Price era, Duke has been near the top of college basketball for well over a decade.

Plus, I went to an ACC school and every other visiting team seemed like a bunch of college kids playing basketball because they loved it. The Duke players always walked into the arena like a gang of smug bastards. They had this look on their face like they screwed your girlfriend well last night and wanted you to know it. They were the best, they'll always be the best, and even after they graduated, they were getting the best recruiting class so they'd still be the best. And you couldn't look at them without them letting you know it.

Then after Ted Valentine bullshit refereed them to another ridiculous victory, they walked out of the arena and grabbed your girlfriend's ass. That's the only way I can describe the feeling of seeing Duke, and its hard to cheer for that shit.

And on a more random note... NO-MAAAAAAAAAAAAARRR!

Posted by: Maine at March 15, 2004 3:26 PM

heheh, I didn't mean to imply that's how you got in at Gothamist, but thanks for the info on how you were able to contribute.

I was honest too, I rarely watch sports, and the Sports page is usually what I use to line my cat's litter box, but your article was informative(good for the sports fans) and humorous as well(good for ppl like me). Keep up the good work!

Posted by: CJ at March 15, 2004 4:24 PM

maine, your feelings are somewhat familiar to me.

cj, hopefully you enjoy my second entry as well. if i keep making mistakes though, jen/jake might fire me before i get started! mental note, spell correctly and proofread.

Posted by: tien at March 15, 2004 4:49 PM

Good stuff! Sports, Gothamist style! Your writing is deffinately a great addition to Gothamist. I can't wait for the baseball season to get crackin' and to read some of your commenrary on the season.

BTW is it against some unspoken rule that me as a Yankees fan is saying good things about a Mets fan? Just wondering...

Posted by: Keith at March 15, 2004 5:02 PM

ahh, again, thanks for all the support. well, the few mentions of support anyway (most of the comments are me responding). it will make it all the more shocking when i get drunk in a national chain restaurant and go on a drunken rampage, go to a college party and hit on co-eds, lie about strippers, all to get fired from gothamist. or something like that.

and keith, you can say what you want about the mets. just know that i'll be saying stuff about the yankees too.

Posted by: tien at March 15, 2004 5:30 PM

You have to do ALL THAT to get fired from gothamist? Damn I gotta get me a contributing gig on a cool, hip blog.

And have no worries, I'll do my part on the comments end to provide a "fair and balanced" represenation of the Yankees. But mostly I'll be dissing the Sox.

Posted by: Keith at March 15, 2004 6:03 PM

Grats, Tien!

Posted by: Linus at March 15, 2004 8:06 PM

CONGRATULATIONS TIEN!!!!!! You must be loving this!

Posted by: Jessica at March 16, 2004 9:45 AM

Nice job, Tien. Now how do you feel about those damn Braves? As a loyal Mets fan, I've grown to embrace my odious sentiments of our division rivals to the South.

Posted by: josť at March 16, 2004 10:19 AM

thanks...again.

josť, i can't say that i love the braves (obviously), but i don't hate them with a passion, like the other teams i mentioned. i just find them to be a constant. we'll see if they win the pennant again this year. the phillies look good.

Posted by: tien at March 16, 2004 10:44 AM

Tien - As a Braves fan, I'd love to say that I think they'll make it 13 division titles in a row. However, I think they've lost too many good players, and will come in second to the Phillies this season. As much as I despise the Mets, I'd actually like to see them improve this season. The playoff series between the Mets and Braves (can't remember the season...the year the Mets walked in the series clinching run) was a great series.

Posted by: Michael at March 16, 2004 11:03 AM

michael, 12 in a row is a very, very impressive number. sadly, i think the fans in atlanta are too used to winning. they just don't turn out anymore. granted, fans don't turn out for mets games either, but that's because they're just not that good. but if you put a winning product on the field, at least sell out your freaking playoff games, right?

Posted by: tien at March 16, 2004 11:28 AM

Very true...I fear that this is the year Braves fans find out what's like to win 80 or fewer games. We can cry in our beer together....

Posted by: Michael at March 16, 2004 6:39 PM

Did you make sure that your contract explicitly states that you get compensated with a batch of Jen's home-baked cookies? Good luck! Go Cubbies! Maddux, Prior, Woods, oh my!

Posted by: matt at March 17, 2004 12:21 AM

michael, 80 games would be considered a success by the mets. okay, maybe not. but it should be.

matt, i don't have a contract, but if i did, that would be the only payment required. mmm...cookies.

Posted by: tien at March 17, 2004 9:30 AM

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