FOR: Cogent, interesting analysis. CRITERIA: Emphasis placed on statistical manipulation, well researched pieces that reveal something new, and/or solid argumentative pieces that function as the authoritative last word on a subject.
MGoBlog. Nobody puts the anal in analysis like Brian. What other blogger breaks down every snap of every game tape with more precision and fervor? Game previews? Check. Post-game minutiae? Check. Proof? Proof.
Dawg Sports. He may not use numbers and charts and all that fancy stuff that Brian uses, but Kyle can juggle the wind. The man remembers everything he's ever said. Worse, he remembers everything you've ever said and he's got the permalink to prove it. Do not get into an argument with this blogger, because although he is the consummate southern gentleman, he wields a wicked pestle, and he won't hesitate to use it to absolutely pulverize any opinion with which he finds fault. See, e.g., his recent Reasonable Response to MGoBlog.
Sunday Morning Quarterback. He does stuff like this all the time, but his post Navel-Gazing: Rankings and Methods is one of the best examples of his influence on the college football blogosphere. Soon after that post, bloggers everywhere began utilizing the "resume" method of ranking teams because, well, it just seemed like the only reasonable thing to do.
The Trev Alberts Quits To Do Construction Award
FOR: comic relief; overall hilarity. CRITERIA: The funniest college football blog.
The Sports Fans Don't Cry Award
FOR: The blog that has suffered through its chosen team's dismal season with the most dignity. CRITERIA: Continued engagement in the face of crippling, misery-inducing defeat. A stiff-upper lip and sane reaction to everything crumbling to dust.
Roll Bama Roll. Trust me, guys. I feel for you. By the end of The Season of Which We Do Not Speak, I was certifiably insane. Nico and Todd survived much better than did I, not only keeping their heads through a really disappointing season, but keeping them up throughout the whole coaching ordeal. Bonus points to Nico, who was nearly run out of town for talking sense about the deification of Bear Bryant.
The Keith Jackson Circa 1995 Award
FOR: The blog with the most consistently expressive and excellent writing. CRITERIA: Mechanical competency, yes, but the ability to turn a devastatingly funny phrase or write something compelling is probably more important. This isn't an award for copy editing; it's an award for kickin' prose.
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