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Send Me Your Blogs (With a Mason Rant)

If you're a real observant sort, you might notice that there's a little Top 5 blog list that went up to the left of these words today. Apparently feeling that I haven't been working hard enough, my boss has given me something else to do: choose five (hopefully) local (hopefully) blog posts every day, to be listed in no particular order to the left. I'd just beg any bloggers out there to barrage me with your links, to ensure that I have enough blogs to choose from. Self-promotion is the new modesty.

In the meantime, here are three other mostly sort of local blog items worth mentioning today.

1) The Big Picture looks at George Mason. Now I don't want to say anything negative about Zach Landres-Schnur, because he's been doing blog Q&A's with all these world famous celebrity superstar bloggers and Lord knows I don't want to get crossed off that list, but this item leaves a bit to be desired. Here's the gist of it:

Every one's favorite feel-good story from last year's NCAA Tourney is only feeling good these days after a visit to the "massage parlor." The Patriots are 13-10 overall and just 7-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)....

If you're a knowledgeable George Mason fan, follower, or player -- Folarin, if you're reading this, what's up, homie? Wanna hang out some time? -- feel free to chime in with what has changed this year. GMU was 25-7 during the regular season this time last year, after all. Why the drop off? No Jai Lewis? Pressure to succeed? Stopped putting speed in the Gatorade?

As the Official Beat Writer for last year's Final Four run, here are my responses:

A) Why didn't you mention that among the Patriots' many disappointments, they're only ranked No. 8 in the Atlantic 11? I mean, you'd think a Final Four team would be able to crack the Local Top 7, no?

B) What would be really surprising is if a team from a power conference with a sparkling new arena went from winning the national championship to potentially appearing in the NIT three of the next five years. I mean, that would be disappointing.

C) No one calls Folarin "Folarin." Everyone calls him Shaq. Everyone. Just in case you guys become homies.

D) The massage parlor?

E) Er, Iona was awfully good last year, and then lost like 73 games in a row this year. For whatever reason, college basketball players often seem to disappear after four years or so, and so if there are a whole bunch of good players who started with one team at the same time, they oftentimes stop at the same time (i.e. after four years or so), and then other players who might not be quite as good take their place. It's weird. So the comparison you'd want to make is not with last year's team (many important seniors) but with the 2004-05 team, which had no seniors and was 12-9, 7-5 on this date. This year's Patriots have only one senior of note and are 13-10, 7-6. Watch out next year. And I still want my Big Picture interview.

(And it was nice to see Bog regular Bryc3 and Bog occasional Chris Mottram representing Mason over there.)

2) And speaking of people named Mottram, Mister Irrelevant has posted the highlights of his Clinton Portis 1-on-1, which included a Gilbert question:

On Agent Zero: "You know, man, I went to Gilbert party. You know, I still got to send him some flowers and a thank you card for inviting me."

Mr. I also posted his video of Portis arguing about his Madden loss, which I've stolen below.

3) Ok, this isn't local at all, but I wasn't aware of the Rex Grossman Is Not Jewish blog.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2007; 4:17 PM ET
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