Tuesday, March 18, 2008


One hundred entries.

53 “full length” or "orginal thought" posts.

47 short, anecdotal posts.

405 labels.

Posts referring or discussing the social implications of sports.

Posts referring or discussing the business of sports.

Posts referring or discussing the sublime, ridiculous, funny, “oh snap!” or “WHAT?!?!” of sports.

Zero posts discussing an actual game.

Far from perfection and even further from teeming masses of readers, but Scribe is a constant work in progress.

The idea from the start has been to take the politics, business and perception of sports as a whole away from the actual game play in order for us to appreciate or at least understand the games a little bit more. Though broader appeal is what all media participants seek, yet from first glance, it's not hard to tell that Scribe isn't for everybody... right now. Scribe has leaps and bounds to go in achieving the tasks at hand, but it has been an interesting journey to one hundred entries.

Sure, many bloggers and writers with blogs (there is a difference) have reached one hundred within two months. Yet there are many more who just quit or are slowed in their progress. It’s a rather tough journey because blogging is still new, raw and unrefined by even the most successful participants. However, the hopes that existed when creating Scribe last May 15th are stronger than ever before. The hopes that you may be a little more cognizant of something in the sports world than you were yesterday. Hopes that this writer has learned more about how sports are viewed by fans, casuals, non-fans and observers (colleagues in media and advertising that may view this space). Hopes that collectively, we are slowly moving away from “he sucks”, “he’s overpaid” and “he has no heart”.

Many thanks for taking the journey, no matter which stop Scribe has picked you up from.

Next stop, swimwear on steroids?

In the latest edition of Business Week, Roger O. Crockett highlights claims made by companies the growing performance apparel industry. Crockett writes that though Under Armour blazed the trail in this market, larger apparel companies such as adidas and Nike have been able to challenge the Baltimore-based companies. This has gone beyond special undergarments to deflect sweat from athletes while performing. With major sneaker companies joining the fray and smaller, sport-specific outfits chipping away at the competition, it appears that there is a market war being waged to find out who provides athletes the greatest benefits.

Yet, according to the Business Week article, there are some claims that seem a little... enhanced.

What's legit and what's just hot air is a matter of just shelling out a few dollars more than normal for your necessary gear and try out these products.

Since the most athletic thing most folks do is sit up - okay, walk a little bit - we couldn't tell if there is truth or lies in the claims of these apparel makers. So for those of you that are runners, rec league superstars and gym rats, do you find that performance clothing actually helps in your sports and regimen?

Say What?!?!: Excuse the tone, but... damn

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