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THROWIN’ HEAT

Posted by HG on June 30, 2007

Who hears “flaming baseballs, a grassy field, trees, and a house” and says “I’m in”?.. Me, that’s who. You’re lying if you say you don’t wanna send one ball blazing through the sky. And wouldn’t this be a good idea for MLB, at least for the Home Run Derby? It’s more visually attractive, and the fans get to find out who really wants the Ryan Howard hr. 

 If you decide to play at home, please remember to stop, drop, and roll before you rush the mound. 

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Posted in BAD IDEA, BASEBALL, HOME RUN DERBY, MISC., MLB, RYAN HOWARD, SPORTS, YOUTUBE | 2 Comments »

JAZZY JEFF AND AI TALKIN’ ABOUT PRACTICE

Posted by HG on June 30, 2007

 The track, Practice, can be found on Jazzy Jeff’s latest album “The Return of the Magnificent”. It features J-Live and the infamous Allen Iverson “we talkin about practice” sample. The track is cool, it’s far from the best on the album, but the AI clip makes it worthwhile the first couple of listens.

Shout out to: Jazzy Jeff for puttin it down back in the day when DJs were DJs. He was “cuttin’ and scratchin’ ” and of course transforming.

Big Up to: Free Darko for bumpin this video first.

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INCREASING SPORTS BLOG TRAFFIC, LINKS, ETC.

Posted by HG on June 30, 2007

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The guys over at Five Tool Tool dropped their Top 10 Tips For Sports Blog Traffic a few days ago. I wanted to talk about a few of the things they’ve mentioned and add a couple of thoughts. Here’s a review of the FTT list:

  1. Ass Kissing
  2. Current Events
  3. Whore Yourself
  4. Whore Others
  5. Whore Strangers
  6. Tech Fun
  7. Cheap Heat
  8. Keywords
  9. Gambling
  10. Lists!

My list looks like this:

1. Good Material: It doesn’t guarantee traffic, but you have to have something interesting for the masses if they find you. How many boring blogs have you stumbled upon and then bookmarked? Exactly. It doesn’t matter if your post are breaking news, spins on mainstream stories, youtube clips, faux interviews, real interviews, something original, or a crazy story, you want to have something that can keep people’s attention.

2. Ass Kissing/Get Links: If you’ve crafted a masterpiece or you got a story/angle nobody’s going with, you gotta get the word out. The biggest sneezers in the sports blogosphere are DeadSpin, The Big Lead, and With Leather. If one of those sites picks up your story, you’re looking at a good day numbers wise. On the mainstream side of the tracks, your traffic’s gonna boom if you get picked up on SI’s Hot Clicks or The 10 Spot BlogYou’re fooling yourself if you think any of those folks have time to sit and read through every blog, so your gonna have to point them in the right direction.

3. Be Social: The number one stop for a sports blog trying to get a rep is Ball Hype. It’s the easiest way to connect with other bloggers, and you can check out what everybody else is doing. In a nutshell it’s Digg for sports… Other bloggers see your stories on Ball Hype and they hype ’em up or down. On a good day, a number of sites will link to your story because they saw it on Ball Hype.

Don’t limit yourself to BH and Digg.. Go do some searching around and find which social site works for you. Blog Carnival is another site that can get you some new traffic, but I can’t explain how it works even though I know how it works… It’s just one of those things. All I can say is find a carnival, hop on, and enjoy the ride.

4. Spread Love: Traffic is the ultimate goal, but you have to remember you got brothas and sistas in the struggle for numbers. You see a story you like, link to it, or you can have the increasingly popular “link dump”. The “dumps” are a collection of stories from around the blogosphere. I have Bloggas Be Typin but you can check out Cheap Shots or Spanning The Blog as other examples. When you’ve linked to others, it encourages them to link to you. You can call it karma, I call it the Blogger Way.

Deadspin’s “Blogdome” is the most popular link dump, even if it’s been getting some neg(ative) press lately. Earlier this week Stop Mike Lupica wondered who’s leg do you have to hump to get a link on Deadspin, and got a few people aggy.. I definitely see certain blogs linked more often than the rest, but it is what it is. Like I said in tip #2, sometimes you gotta point people in the right direction.

5. Cheap Heat/Keywords/Window Shoppers/Current Events: I use this category to draw people that are passing through.. People that are looking for sports but not really. These terms draw the most people to me through search engines:

  1. Serena Williams’ ass
  2. Nip Slip
  3. Brady Quinn’s girlfriend

The key there is the women. They don’t say sex sells for nothing. I wrote about the first story and linked to the last two, and everyday people find my blog by searching for those terms. I’m not saying those are the 3 best, but those perform for me.

Just like sports radio hosts can yell “Pete Rose” or “Steroids” and watch the phone lines light up, bloggers have some automatics they can go to. I like to call ’em Kobe and the 7A’s (A-Rod, Arenas, Artest, & African-American Athlete Arrested). Everybody does it in one way or another, and the only down side to this technique is if it’s your only technique.

STAT SHEET

These sites, technorati/alexa, allow you to track your ranking according to their guidelines. If you want all of your numbers delivered to you in one place check out popuri.us. Hopefully all of the tips above will have you climbing up the charts.

Top Ten Tips For Sports Blog Traffic. Courtesy of Five Tool Tool

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HEAVEN AND HELL FOR STEPHEN A. SMITH

Posted by HG on June 29, 2007

The crew over at Deadspin dropped this classic video. I’m pretty sure the hand puppet will be getting it’s own show on the “Ocho”, or he might hang back and see how things shake out at Cold Pizza First Take. If you’ve got 6 minutes to spare, do yourself a favor and watch this video. And don’t forget what these guys did last year.

The Stephen A. Smith Hecklers Return. Courtesy of Deadspin

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KOBE VIDEO RELEASED.. PART 2?

Posted by HG on June 28, 2007

The fellas over at The Big Lead have the whole Kobe video up and a link to the guys behind the video. Little did I know, Kobe Bryant sounded off on more than the state of the Lakers. **Contains some NSFW language**

Who knew Kobe could think of anybody other than himself? I think KB24’s on to something with the JT for gm campaign. Timberlake works well with black people, he’s more respected around the league than Mitch Kupchak and Johnny Buss combined, and he served Kenny Smith. Plus, if Justin’s tied up with a day job maybe there’ll be some women left over for the rest of us.

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Posted in BASKETBALL, KOBE BRYANT, KOBE VIDEO, LOS ANGELES LAKERS, MISC., NBA, PART 2, SPORTS, THE BIG LEAD, TRADE DEMAND, YOUTUBE | 4 Comments »

BLOGGAS BE TYPIN

Posted by HG on June 28, 2007

Why do Jay-Z and the Chief’s Larry Johnson live together? Courtesy of Bol at XXL

70 year old golfer+Lightning= 6 under for the day. Courtesy of Signal To Noise

cRap Music Fantasy League. Courtesy of Dallas Penn

Jeter and Timberlake: Battle of the Babes. Courtesy of The Big Lead

Buy Matt Geiger’s house. Watussi sold separately. Courtesy of Sports By Brooks

Lauren London’s stock is climbing. Courtesy of I Fux

It’s draft day. Courtesy of The Hype Guy

Myles Brand is clockin dough. Courtesy of Wizard Of Odds

The dark side of wrestling. Courtesy of The Serious Tip

Check out Tracy. Courtesy of Barstool Sports

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GUYS AND DOLLS

Posted by HG on June 28, 2007

Ahh the Cabbage Patch Kids.. I remember my sister whined for one and when she got it, she lost the damn thing. When I look back, it’s possible that she sold it since people were goin’ apeshit over those dolls.

No matter how popular CPK got, I don’t remember any point when it was cool for little boys to want them.. And then take them to a baseball game. The fathers in those commercials have to be so ashamed of their sons. Dad wants to get out to the yard, teach his son how to score a game, and if they’re lucky, they’ll catch a foul ball. Son wants to stay home and he’ll only leave the house if he can bring Barbi and her corvette.

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Posted in 80S, BASEBALL, CABBAGE PATCH KIDS, DOLLS, MISC., MLB, NEW YORK METS, SISSY, YOUTUBE | 1 Comment »

REGGIE BUSH KICKIN’ IT WITH BECKHAM

Posted by HG on June 27, 2007

I’m gonna have to see the commercial, but the Bush/Becks mash-up is off to a slow start in my book. The comraderie seems forced and Beckham’s leprechaun voice is irritating. The two things I did take away from this video, 1) David Beckham makes Reggie Bush look like Earl Campbell, and 2) Women will enjoy the commercial more than men.

For the long version and some uncomfortable dialogue, click here.

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Posted in ADIDAS, DAVID BECKHAM, FOOTBALL, FUTBOL, MISC., REGGIE BUSH, SOCCER, SPORTS, VS., YOUTUBE | 1 Comment »

LEBRON JAMES WANTS TO BE IN KRZYZEWSKI’S 12

Posted by HG on June 26, 2007

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Fresh off his disappointing Finals, LeBron James is ready to pursue Olympic gold. James announced Tuesday that he’ll play in the FIBA America’s Tournament in August when the United States tries to qualify for the ’08 Olympics.

“I’m going to play. I’ve had enough time off, and knowing my body more than anybody, I’m ready to play. I don’t know how much I’m going to play or how extensively, but I’ll be ready.”

That doesn’t sound like he’s excited to play but at least he’s going. LBJ will be joining Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Carlos Boozer, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams, Mike Miller, Tayshaun Prince, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Michael Redd, Greg Oden and Kevin Durant at a 3 day minicamp, July 20-22, in Vegas. Although he won’t be able to play, D-Wade said he’ll attend the minicamp and the practices in August.

LeBron James to Play for U.S. Team. Courtesy of the AP

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MAC O’GRADY HATES TECHNOLOGY AND TIGER WOODS

Posted by HG on June 26, 2007

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It’s gonna happen one day. I’ll be sitting somewhere, watching a game, and then wham.. I’ll become a new school hater. “Nobody can be better than Joe Montana”. “Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time”. I’ll be defending the steroid era. I’ll do anything other than accept that the players of that day are better than the players I grew up with.

And so it is for former PGA player Mac O’Grady. He has a disdain for all things new and Tiger Woods. After failing to qualify for the Buick Open, Mac-Grady dropped this:

When Nicklaus and Palmer played, when (Ben) Hogan played and Sam Snead played, on a scale of zero to 10, they were a nine-plus. Tiger Woods is not even a one-plus.”

He’s gotta be kidding. “Not even a one-plus”? That’s just stupid. He killed his credibility right out the gate. Even as a hater you’d have to call Tiger a 6+. To say “not even a 1+” means what, zero+? Ok man.. O’Grady says the technology is to blame:

“The reason why (Woods) can hit it on the green is because he has square grooves. He doesn’t have that, he’s dead. He cannot do it — it’s impossible. For him to go after Nicklaus’ records is cheating. This is like steroids.”

Tiger using legal equipment is cheating? Somebody needs to explain that one to me. Ole Mac’s starting to sound like a guy that wouldn’t have been happy when Aaron passed Ruth. I never realized that having “square grooves” was akin to injecting one’s self with performance enhancing drugs. And of course he found time to mix Michelle Wie into the conversation too:

“What Michelle Wie is doing is not humanly possible. It’s technologically possible because the balls go too straight, they go too far.”

All the credit goes to the clubs and the balls, not to the golfer. Tiger’s only good because of his sticks. That’s what I’m reading from Mac. Of course the equipment’s better now, and yes it helps, but it’s not the only reason guys are better today. Mac can feel how ever he wants about his heroes, but to diminish what Tiger has done only makes O’Grady sound like a fool.

But who am I to talk? I’m labeling O’Grady as a bitter old-timer, but for what? There’s no point since I’ll be just like him in a couple of decades. I’m gonna hate every player in the 2020s and beyond. I’m not gonna like how the bats are made, basketball will be too international, and football will be too soft. NASCAR will be the shit though.. Since the cars will be able to fly….But it was still better in my day.

Click thru to the original story, O’Grady takes swing at Woods, for Mac O’Grady’s pic. Courtesy of The Detroit News

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Posted in ARNOLD PALMER, GOLF, JACK NICKLAUS, MAC O'GRADY, PGA, TECHNOLOGY, THE MASTERS, TIGER WOODS | 2 Comments »