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WSJ Discusses Gil's Blog

Or, as the kids say, his "Web log," a form of so-called "On Line" communication in which persons may communicate their private thoughts to other persons, known as "readers."

Ok, it's not quite that bad, and it's an interesting enough read, but today's long Wall Street Journal story about Gil and his blog seems to take a somewhat overly studious approach to Gilbert and his blog. Like, I'd say it's popular because of this: "it's funny as hell." Whereas, the WSJ says this:

Blog posts are typically candid and breezy, not the kind of safe, stock answers that athletes are often advised to give in postgame interviews....
[uh, WSJ, have you ever heard a Gilbert post-game interview?]
Mr. Arenas started blogging last year, one of a handful of NBA players asked by the league to post their musings on its Web site, part of a four-year-old effort to get fans closer to players.

An All-Star player known in basketball circles for his quirky sense of humor, the 25-year-old Mr. Arenas says he initially saw the blog as a way to show fans a "lighter" side of his personality. On March 18, for instance, he blogged about the birth of his son, Alijah Amani Arenas. "We're trying to get him sponsored by AAA now and get his diapers paid for," he blogged.

(In terms of tremendously amazing humor, though, the WSJ tops Gil with this: "The foot-in-mouth epidemic caused the sports blog deadspin.com this spring to plead: "Honestly, athletes: Stop using the Internets. [sic]" That sic truly made my day. For future WSJ use: "Many of these so-called bloggers use the term 'Internets' and its variants, such as 'Innernets' and 'Intertubes,' to refer to the various Web sites they frequent, i.e., 'The Internet.' ")

But the key facts from the story are:

1) Gil's blog has had about 3 million page views in the past year. That's (doing math, doing math) less than Redskins Insider? Oof. That hurts.

2) Gil is the only one of last year's NBA.com bloggers who'll be back this year. He'll be joined by Morris Almond and Luol Deng. Oof again. Translation: Yardbarker is winning. By a lot. Note to WSJ: start reading Yardbarker.

3) Gilbert has promoted at least two things on his blog that have been scrapped by his sponsors: the "golden ticket" free shoe giveaway and the Benihana Hibachi shoe.

4) Sponsors are worried about Gilbert and his zany, uncensored blog. To which True Hoop's Henry Abbott has the sensible response:

My vision, and it may be total fantasy, is that people just get more used to hearing from humans talking as humans -- with nuance and foibles. That might be a little scary for brands that don't like frank talk. But for brands that embrace that -- set Gilbert free! He's not hurting anybody ...

Right on, Henry.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2007; 3:47 PM ET
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Comments

I think the term 'set free' and Gilbert might send our beloved guard on a living spree like of which the city hasn't seen since Rayful Edmond.

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | October 4, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The page views (or lack of them) is pretty amazing, when you think about it. What does this mean, when Deadspin basically gets 2/3 of those views per week? That Gilbert's online popularity has been overstated by the echo chamber that is the sports blogosphere? That everyone's reading Gilbert's witticisms on other websites, so there's no need to go to NBA.com? That despite being recognizable outside of the sport blog community, NBA.com doesn't get that much traffic? Too many questions.

Posted by: DD | October 4, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the WSJ...maybe behind their massive pay-to-read firewall, they've never heard tell of "teh intertubes."

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 4, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

far be it for me to question WSJ editors but isn't the "sic" only sposed to be used for an unintentional misspelling? does this mean that in refrencing their use of the "sic" that you should have put a sic after their sic?

or are they really so in the pocket of the republican party that they try and cover a harmless joke about the cluelessness of Ted Stevens and George W.?

Posted by: pindar | October 4, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Pindar has the correct origins of the terms "internets" and "intertubes".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internets

When people use these terms, they're making fun of technologically unstudied republicans.

Posted by: kwamesnani | October 5, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Young Hollywood can dance.

http://www.nba.com/wizards/news/vlog_071005.html

Posted by: Young Hollywood | October 5, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

No new posts today?
FYI: Caps played tonight, Wiz. tomorrow and Skins on Sunday!

Have a good weekend...

Posted by: WGDC- | October 6, 2007 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Croyez-vous aux miracles?

Posted by: Vive les bleus! | October 6, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I love most of the blogs on Yardbarker. You can kinda tell when some are being edited by their agents but a lot of the medium to smaller guys are just open and honest. Check out Mark Claytons, Bart Scott's, and possibly my favorites (this is a shock to me as well), the WNBA player Diana Taurasi's. Im still laughing at her first post where she extols her anger at Baron Davis for dating Teri Hatcher and now Baron Davis responded on his own YB Blog. Yardbarker's strength is going to come out when all these athletes are compelled enough to hang out on the site and interact with each other.

Posted by: Brock | October 8, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention... I also didnt realize that there were sports sites out there that werent yahoo sports or espn with excellent content. You can tell that yardbarker is still growing and trying to figure out who they are, but at this point they do in fact provide a valuable service for those of us that are bored with espn's writers and tired of the same stuff over and over again behind the curtain of Insider.

Sorry for the two lengthy comments =]

Posted by: Brock | October 8, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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