Sunday, August 20, 2006


Some housekeeping issues...

(I want to hear what y'all have to say before I voice my opinion.)

How do we want to deal with recaps in the future?

I'm open to letting other people do some, and I'm open to doing all of them unless I need help.

How many picks to click do there need to be before we allow duplicates?


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I know this much...I started the Buehrle Bile File so I feel responsible for it's upkeep. At least we can all agree upon that.

That considered would give me at least one preview and one recap every 5 days. I've gone so far as to tell friends, family, softball teams and others that if Buehrle is pitching I need to see the game. I've planned on taping his starts if I have a game -- Mondays, or if some other function is going on. If someone wants to recap a Buehrle game that's fine, but I intend to Bile File on top of it.

Other recaps: In a perfect world, we would have a rotation like a pitching staff, each of us -- myself, jeeves, pander, dickdastick -- taking a night unless someone needed a replacement. (Five writers would be even better cuz my night could be the Buehrle days.) But we all have lives to live despite what dickdastick may think. :-P

In the last week, I've grown attached to working on this blog. I've also felt a connection to this blog from my first comment, and getting a taste of posting on a regular basis has only increased my appetite for opinionizing, criticizing, joking about and sharing with others my thoughts about our favorite team.

I don't want to be left out, Jeeves. It felt like a healthy responsibility to consolidate my thoughts, to make sure the readers were informed. And I want to continue in the round.

When you first asked, Jeeves, if I would like to contribute, I was leery about my ability to commit.

Not anymore.

I'm in. And whenever you need me to pitch in, if I can do it, I will. And I'll let you know up front if I can't. But I plan on doing as much as I can.

My lapse came at the AS break. I suggested a grading system for 1st half performances, and then I didn't even contribute. I went on vacation and lost a little verve for pitching in. For that I'm sorry. It won't happen again.

Once again, I'm in for the long haul. I love doing this, despite my pessimism, and promise to stay the course for as long as I can.

I found a few blogs recently that are Sox blogs that have kinda fell by the wayside. They haven't posted for months or only post once eevery two weeks. We have not gotten lazy. We have continued the fight, and I found a link for us on the top of a page at a bloglist site describing us as a daily read.

We have increased readership (thanks deadspin, SSS, sox machine and all the new commenters for the links. )We have something to be proud of, in good times or bad. (Hopefully not Cubs bad.)And we have an creative outlet for our fandom.

Let's keep it up.

Pick to Clicka...until every player in the line up is chosen, there shouldn't be repeats. However, if someone picks a player and he isn't in the lineup, by default he gets his replacement at his position. (That was much easier to type.)

Sorry for the soapbox; I'm just happy to be a part of what we're doing here at ChiSox Blog.

8/21/2006 3:26 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Another thought...

Earlier in the year, Jeeves asked about post styles -- should they be bullet points or column style, should he do a scoring summary or not, and I opined that I liked bullets points/ quick recap style vs paragraphs. (I think we all agreed that the scoring summaries were unnecessary.)

How things change. And for the better.

The recaps have evolved into a forum for sophisticated -- bad word -- for creative outlets for our thoughts. While our discussions and topics haven't quite reached SSS's level, we're still giving voice to sincere commentary, and above all it's fun to banter with other Sox fans.

I like the direction the recaps have taken, and any suggestions for improvement would be more than welcome.

8/21/2006 4:10 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Alrite so here's my take.

I definitely don't think things should go back to how they were before I left for London. I think this site benefits from having multiple writers and opinions.

How about for now I'll do the bulk of the games (except for the bile file games) and whenever someone wants a recap just leave a comment, and if no one calls it, I'll take it by default.

I'm glad you've seen the light James. Some of my friends have been asking me how I can dedicate so much time to the site, and all I can say is it's a labor of love but it's a real thrill to have a creative outlet like this. (Which is never really the response they expect).
And don't sweat not posting at the ASB. Totally cool. We all have our rough patches. My plan all along was to have a recap for every single game, but unfortunately with my hectic summer that's just a pipe dream.

Alrite, so I guess we'll got with that from now on. No duplicate picks unless everyone's picked, then you have to pick an opposing player. Totally kidding! If everyone's picked, you lucky dawg, you can choose anyone you want.

I, too, like the direction the posts have gone. It's going to take me awhile to get out of the bullet format, but even after one day back my writing has changed. I'm definitly putting more emotion and feeling into it, rather than being slightly objective, which makes it a better read. I'm going to make a definite effort to make my recaps as creative as possible. It may take a while, like I said, to teach this (not so) old dog new tricks.

Oh yah, I'm adding a link (the one underneath blog feed) that shows all the sites that are linking us.

8/21/2006 10:00 AM  
Blogger Pander said...

I do think that redundancy (two recaps for the same game) isn't the best way to pose things, unless the two recaps cover fundamentally different aspects of the game, or cover them in sufficiently different ways, or are just both damn good. I do like the idea of a rotation, but it can be hard sometimes, for instance, if during my rotation turn I get the regional Fox Game that's not played down in TX or available on Then I'm kinda screwed.

How about we mix and match, using different colored text, items from our own drafts into the final version? It would take some creative editing, but if we all just left our articles as drafts in the blogger tools, we could copy-paste some of the best stuff from each draft, and put them together in the same story. One final blog post, different people's input, and hopefully edited cohesively to present a unified theme of the game, despite different viewpoints.

8/21/2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

I like all kinds of viewpoints, so I'm wide open to all contributing in any way. If 2 or more recaps get entered - it won't bother me.

as far as format - any and all is fine with me, prosaic, poetic, bulletic, melodic, shakesperic, rap-a-puric, Ali-G-ic, Flav-a- Flavic.......see I'm not so old !

Picks - probably best to not allow dups till all have been taken once.

8/21/2006 1:13 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Going to great lengthts to prove me wrong, huh dick?

8/21/2006 5:44 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Jeeves, there can be emotion and subjectivity in a bullet point format, and I don't think it has to be abandoned per se.
I've found lately that in recapping, I've looked for a theme to describe the overall tenor of the game. While it hasn't been easy (as dickdastick said in one comment, finding new script can be hard), the bullet point format can be a useful tool to fall back on especially in the case of unrelated, seemingly randon events taking placce in a ball game.
Pander's idea of a "best-of-the-recaps" is an interesting one, but I think writers would hate to spend a long time working on something only to have it pared down and missing what the author may feel is a particularly important feel. Maybe it would work in what I have been calling the "Game Awards" section, i.e. Good & Bad Ozzie Moves, Play of the Game, Big Ups & Player of the Game.
I like the idea of each writer having a different color to distiguish himself especially if we contribute to the Awards section. I'm not saying everyone has to contribute to it cuz it might make the comments section redundant.

One more thing...Jeeves, this is your baby, and while I'm attached to it, you're stil the proud papa while I'm just a doting uncle. You make the calls. You started cuz you wanted to have a place for YOUR thoughts. If we are overstepping our bounds, or if you want us to pull back a little, just say so. (I think I can read between the lines a little when you wrote recently that you'll do the majority of the recaps unless...obviously you wanna take care of your baby as well you should.)

One more thing, I felt restless and like I was forgetting to do something yesterday since I didn't have to recap. Go figure.

8/21/2006 6:23 PM  
Anonymous D. T. Kelly said...

Being a new visitor,

I have to say I enjoy reading the recaps-- especially the "Awards" section. They're just what I need to get a feel for what happened in the game (I'm out of the Sox market.)

Keep up the good work.

8/21/2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Thanks a lot DT

8/22/2006 1:30 AM  
Blogger TheCount said...

Don't worry about changing your style jeeves. I like it, and it works.

Keep up the good work everyone.

8/22/2006 3:14 PM  

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