A year in review, here

2 06 2008

In celebration of the first year down of blogging here, posting the top 10 posts (hits-wise) written here over the past year.

10. Japan vs Australia (Asian Cup) – Liveblogging [July 21, 07]
Thus far my only live-blogging experience…

So thus far, no-one wants to be the favourite heading into this game, and both teams have turned it into a veritable love-fest, competing to see who can say the most ‘nice’ things about each other.

9. Not what the doctor ordered [May 27, 08]
A review of the amazing run the Boston Celtics have enjoyed this year…

It’s pretty amazing how far the Boston Celtics have come in just a season.
To think, this time last year they were parked in their barca-lounges, watching the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavs & Detroit Pistons strut their stuff.

8. Understanding Rugby: The Haka [August 6, 07]
Written just prior to the Rugby World Cup, a look at one of the most recognizable aspects of the game…

With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, With Malice… will explore some of the history of the game. Today, the haka.

7. Death of a boy… what the hell is going on in Sumo? [September 29, 07]
Writing about the biggest threat to sumo – their refusal to leave behind antiquated and sometimes barbaric practices, and a death that resulted from their ‘training methods’…

A 17 year old’s death raises many question in Japan’s oldest sport…

Takashi Saito joined the Sumo Training House (stable) in early May, a little over a month later… he was dead.

The death of Takashi Saito on June 26th should just not have happened.
There is no way anyone can justify the slaying of a 17 year old boy during a training session, especially within the circumstances that Saito died.

6. Carnival of the NBA, #46 [July 16, 07]
The very, very well run carnival (kudos to Matt @ Blog a Bull) which I was fortunate enough to host in July of last year.

A cold dark shadow crept across the land, it’s chilling touch reaching out to everyone. A… void… an absence of a loved presence. Yes indeed children, the NBA season has drawn to a close. But do not fear – there are a few, a few brave souls who continue to strive for all that is good, just, and… basketball.

5. Olympic Dreaming – ’92 Dream Team vs ’08 Olympic Squad… part 1 [December 7, 07]
A question to rival the best of the bar-stool conversations… a round-table discussion with several other blogs involved.

Not so far from today, the 2008 US Olympic Basketball Team will attempt to restore Olympic glory to American hoops… and it’s definitely an undertaking that everyone concerned has taken with a great deal of sincerity and application.
Are they good? Undoubtedly.
Can they win the gold? I think so…
But, how good are they? How do they measure up against the yardstick of all basketball, the 1992 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team: The Dream Team…

4. Beach Volleyballer – Angela Crewe [July 10, 07]
An interview with an aspiring pro-beach volleyballer, Angela Crewe.

Quite a few years ago, I coached volleyball at a high school in Australia. Most of the athletes I coached don’t play any more, but a few do. One who does is Angela Crewe, who now plays beach volleyball in Australia. Angela is ranked #13 in the Nation, and is generally acknowledged to be the best player in her home state of Victoria – last season being crowned the MVP for the Victorian Women’s tour.

3. Letter from an anonymous NBA star… [August 9, 07]
Bit of a satirical commentary on the state of play for one particular player – I’m betting he’s glad his desires were never realised…

For this story, I’ve edited out the names of players/teams as to protect anonymity. Due to computer problems, I had to use a sharpie.

So, I’m a huge Obviously this is just part of a satirical commentary fan. Huge. So it’s really disappointing for me to idly sit around whilst they do… nothing. So I sent a letter to are they going to add ANYTHING? in the hope that maybe he could shed some light on the situation. This is actually the third in our series of correspondence, but I thought I’d share.

2. NBA Franchises As TV Shows, Redux… [March 5, 08]
A satirical look at the state of a few different franchises within the NBA…

The San Antonio Spurs – The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Err… huh?Everybody says it’s an awesome show, and it definitely gets the job done. However, it’s difficult stay awake for the duration of a single broadcast.

1. Olympic Dreaming – ’92 Dream Team vs ’08 Olympic Squad… part 2 [December 10, 07]
Part 2 of the same series that is #5 on this list. Had a lot of fun organising this…

Here we go again, round 2… and ‘twould seem most are well in favour of the ‘92 squad. And given the places that esteemed group hold within our hearts & minds, is it so surprising? So, today – we get the thoughts of TWolves Blog, MVN Born and Raised, Signal To Noise, Storming the Floor, Forum Blue and Gold, The Sports Lounge, All Ball Sports Blog, Ballhype and my own opinion on this matchup…

That’s my top 10 for the past year… not necessarily my all-time favourites, but they are the ones that were most read. And if you’re reading now, thanks for the year. There’ll be more…




2 responses

2 06 2008

haven’t been here for the whole time, but very happy to have a) re established contact with a long time mate; and b) found a sportsblog that’s worth checking into every day and that will allow me to rant on some of my favourite things!

Nice job, Don – WM is a good place to be

2 06 2008

Thanks Rob…

Glad to have your input too.

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