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Interview with MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes!

Today we have a special treat. Tim Dierkes, the creator of the popular baseball sites MLB Trade Rumors, and RotoAuthority. He was kind enough to answer a few questions.

1. Where is C.C. Sabathia heading?

 
The Brewers look like the frontrunner at the moment.

2. Will the Mariners, with their struggles, be starting a fire-sale?

 
I suppose you could call it a fire sale…most veterans should be available.

3. Will the Rays make a big splash?

 
I don’t expect them to bring in a star player, but they are looking to acquire an outfielder and a reliever.  Xavier Nady and Brian Fuentes have been mentioned.

4. Who will be some surprise buyers and sellers? And which player could be moved that no one is talking about?

 
Not too many people are talking about the Twins buying, but they ought to and maybe Bill Smith is surveying the market.  The Braves could become a mildly surprising seller.
 
Jayson Stark brought up Aaron Harang as a solid dark horse to be moved yesterday.  Let’s go with that.

5. How did MLB Trade Rumors come about? Any advice for aspiring bloggers?

 
I had a fantasy blog going (RotoAuthority.com) but found myself putting hot stove stuff on there.  I decided to create a separate blog for it, and that was MLBTR.  It had a broader appeal and accidentally filled a niche, so people started reading.  For aspiring bloggers: don’t get into it for money, and don’t create expectations that you’ll end up doing it for a living.  Just write daily for the joy of it.
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July 4, 2008 Posted by | Great Websites, Sports | Leave a comment

Writers/Blogroll

To the right of the posts, you will see my blogroll. In it, I provide links to my favorite websites and writers on the ‘net. I’m usually attracted to the stories that involve sports, but are outside of sports. In other words, I like the side story, the human interest stories. So, please, click on the links, and peruse the great articles. 

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Great Websites | 1 Comment

Tiger and Celtics

Two interesting items of news today. First off, the Celtics won the NBA championship, and we here at The Blog of Champions congratulate them. It was well-earned. Bill Simmons has his usual funny take on the Celtics champion win. Adrian Wojnarowski at Y! Sports, tells of KG’s long wait. Johnny Ludden thinks the Lakers quit.  Mike Kahn at Fox Sports, talks about the Celtics defense. As is the norm for celebrating, 22 Boston fans were arrested last night.  Good job Celtics.

As for Tiger, his season is over. I can’t believe how he won the US Open, with one leg, basically. He’s a freak of nature. Pat Forde, at ESPN, writes about Tiger’s courage. Tiger proves how good he is, how superhuman he is. He also knows how good he is.  It was great to watch, and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Throughout the playoffs, I’ve been a supporter of ESPN/ABC’s coverage. And I think this where they shine. The announcing team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson, provided quality insight, while still having a good time. The Video of old Finals Highlights, still gives me chills. And their interviews with the old Celtics and Lakers stars were top-notch. And those freaky ‘There can only be one’ commercials, are still great, no matter how creepy it is seeing half Kobe, half KG.  They have always done a great job with the NBA, and this just proves it. On the other hand, ESPN can confuse me. They’re already starting Fantasy Football coverage?  I think ESPN is overzealous with it’s football coverage. Is it because of Monday Night Football? I don’t know. But covering Chad Johnson’s ankle injury in June is ridiculous. This, unfortunately, was breaking news on ESPNEWS. I go to ESPN for my sports news, but sometimes they just confuse me. Cover real stories, not players who just want more money. If you are looking for good criticism of ESPN, go to their Ombudsman, Le Anne Schreiber, who provides solid insight into their decision making. By the way, I think it’s a bad sign when you hire someone to critique your network. And they’re paying her to do this. But I digress.

Good job Celtics, and good luck Tiger. By the way, I think I’m going to start a daily tab of great articles of the web, articles I’ve enjoyed. Here’s one, from Rick Reilly, to start you off. 

June 18, 2008 Posted by | Great Websites, rants and raves, Sports, TV | 1 Comment

Very Funny (and no, not TBS)

This is a hilarious take on the ’08 election. And who else, but the writers of SNL? They’re at it again. Check it out.

June 7, 2008 Posted by | Great Websites | Leave a comment