Kolonich/Kanicki Exchange: On Betting, Browns and Blogs.
Let’s skip the clever intro and get to the point: Kolonich and Kanicki have some things to talk about. If you don’t know Kanicki, shame on you.
1. Is Lobsterfest Over Already at 603brown.com?
KANICKI: Ho ho ho, oh no. It’s been a great and good thing to participate in and host Cheddar Bay.
For example: I’ve bet Auburn the last five times they’ve played (5-0). That means that since the Arkansas game on 11/2, I’ve got to watch a team of no-names become good, then known, and by the time of the BCS game the arc will have played through to the inevitable: “Nick Marshall is over-rated; I’m so sick of Tre Mason.”
Ditto that on Bowling Green but on a smaller, yet still rewarding, scale.
Meanwhile the Browns have been on a perfectly opposite trajectory. 11/3 was the Ravens win and hope still flickered. But the bed-shitting in Cincy after their bye week followed by a two horrific homes losses and last week and …1
So then the typical Browns fan might turn his attention to Columbus but it turns out that team really was overrated and it’s really for the best that they didn’t wind up facing FSU. Would’ve be just a terribly ugly thing.
2. What About the Great Hibernation Going on at Reboot?
KOLONICH: First, let me say thank you for the Cheddar Bay invite.
Second, let me say: 22 dollars!!!!???? Gambling doesn’t exactly fit my cheap guy ethos.
Speaking of sleeping, I snored right through that gambling re-hash. Gambling stories are even worse than hearing about some guy’s fantasy football team. Well, maybe not that bad.
Anyway, I totally get the whole “enjoyment outside of NE Ohio” aspect of sports. I’ve long ago traded Browns’ Super Bowl visions for consistently watchable football. And part of the reason of Reboot’s extended siesta (outside of the whole having a crazy busy real life/not getting paid to do this) is that it’s hard to find worthwhile material to write about these days.
Although they’ve taken rather original routes to get there, the Browns are yet again a 4-12 or 5-11 team – albeit with a few more interesting players. But there’s only so many times you can describe Brandon Weeden’s oblivious nature, a wholly impotent offensive line and a defense that continually crumbles in the late stages of games.
Outside of that, you have those who cover these “same old Browns.” And if you’ve read my stuff for years, you’ll already know I’ve about exhausted the “sportswriters are pointless” meme.
3. What Has Happened to Cleveland Sports Blogs?
KANICKI: Not to be trolling/smug/smarmy/self-pimping/pompous/vain/antagonistic or full of myself… but it IS the Year of Indifference.
I’m not the best to ask because I read you, Frowns, and WFNY. My read is that the Browns have lost Frowns and you. Not lost-lost, but what is there to say that hasn’t already been said? I think we three write when we have something to say and ideally, something to say that hasn’t been said over and over. So we three go hungry for now. Plus Frowns has got non-Brownsie things occupying his time.
As for WFNY, I will say I read them to the exclusion of cle-dot-com and even Grossi. They do their thing but their mission is different. But I have noticed that their comment section seems softer. Not soft/mellow, soft/as-a-grape. When Craig Lyndall is getting grief in his comment section for being too negative… I mean.
Bad as the blogs may be, can you imagine what the sports radio must be? Oof.
KOLONICH: To me, a good blog should be a critical eye that the mainstream paper can’t/is no longer allowed to be. Or at the least – blogs shouldn’t try to be a micro cleveland.com. Yet, since the local paper now exclusively serves as the PR wing of the team, it’s harder than ever for a blog to find a distinctive voice – outside of the “refs cost us the game.”
Add in the reality that:
- Most “bloggers” want to eventually become “reporters”, and/or actually get paid to write about football in some capacity.
- This requires some level of access to the team.
- Getting and maintaining access in 2013 means you can’t have
original thoughtssay something negative about the team.
- Everyone is neutered.
- We come full circle.
What’s sad is that the reality of actually playing a sports reporter is kind of pointless. I gained access and quickly realized that everything players and coaches say in person is just as useless as what you read and see online. Trying to create a story around sterile player dribblings can be nauseating. Maybe’s that the reason Tom Reed always looks comatose.
That all being said, there are still some worthwhile sites out there. I go to Dawgs by Nature for the nuts and bolts and I like DraftBrowns – but only when my attention span allows me to read 2,000 words that include the phrase “loose hips.”
WFNY has never made any sense to me. I know I’m supposed to like it and buy a T-shirt or whatever, but I just don’t get it. As for Frowns, I think it’s unfair when people try to cram the site into the “Browns’ blog” box. It’s a forum for our society and not supposed to be an easy stroll. I can’t count the number the times I’ve read something there and felt either pissed or depressed.
Sports talk radio? I’ll see your “oof” and add an “ugh.”
.[Part two of this is baking. When you’ve got gold like this you need to make it last…] [About the pics, I’ve been looking for an opening, any opening, to use Attack on Titan as a metaphor for being a Cleveland sports fan and today I took it.]