WE. ARE. SPORTAZINE!
First off, Welcome!
Some of this was briefly mentioned in the first quick test post, but since that post has been tweeted, not deleting it. 🙂
It has been a long time coming for Sportazine, part of the *azine network with Geekazine, TVazine and Dorkazine. You might notice a theme with those. The sites are for techies, geeks and media enthusiasts. Even those that manage Beowulf clusters or spend their time refining the more obscure techniques of Lisp need to get out every once-in-a-while.
Sportazine is going to strive to not be a score announcement page or a fan blog. Sportazine is going to try to shed light on some of the harder to find sports stories out there; World Junior IIHF Championships, Allsvenskan, NCAA Hockey and many more.
The Olympics are the perfect time to launch a sports blog, no? On top of that, baseball fans are getting ready for spring training, it’s getting close to tourney time and with the Super Bowl over, plenty of people are trying to fill the sports void in their life.
For Geeks…but not just for geeks.
Sportazine will also focus on some of the geekier aspects of sports. Not so much the statistics aspects, but the technology of sports and watching sports. Should FIFA start using video replay? Why do NBC and CBS keep using Silverlight and shutting out the Linux community? Why is HD on Fox Soccer Channel not really HD? What are the best places to find games such as ESPN360 or closed circuit television? There are some of the types of questions we’ll be covering. I’ll also cover upcoming sports games and gadgets/apps for following sports, such as Google’s Scoreboard. If you have suggestions for Linux, Windows or Android apps to try, let me know. PS3 is what we have in the house, so no XBox or Wii reviews for the time being.
Fittingly (and by accident), Sunday will be my weekly editorial blog. This will give me a chance to cover the weekend EPL action, listen to the BBC’s World Football Phone-In and catch up on things after the work week.
World Cup 2010
Last summer I was briefly at the UEFA U-21 Championships in Sweden. This summer, I will have a longer stay at the World Cup, as part of the US Soccer Supporters Club (a member, not a representative). Games while there should get plenty of coverage, though I will be seeing the sights in South Africa as well. I have tickets to US/England and US/Slovenia. Once everything gets worked out, we may try to see some other games in the area live. Most of them will probably be on TV for us though.
Well, sorta. We are looking for guest bloggers and regular columnists in specific sports and/or specific geographic locations. A rugby or cricket fan? On another continent and can cover games I either can’t see or won’t see due to time differences (I get Australian league matches, but no time to stay up and watch midnight matches). There’s nothing that wouldn’t interest us, as long as you are going to give in depth coverage. If you are going to cover Madison high school sports, for instance, you better be ready to compete with ESPN Madison. There will likely be serious gaps in my NFL coverage because the NHL, NCAAB, NCAAF, NBA, MLS and the European football (I’m going to use that term whenever there’s a qualifier that should make it clear whenever I mean soccer) are all more important to me. Even though I’m not a big baseball fan, much of the summer simply has MLS, which will leave plenty of time for MLB.
If you’d like to participate, you can either leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.