Chris Cooley has a Blog
Chris Cooley has looked at some of the "Official Web sites" of his NFL peers, and discovered a pretty obvious truth: they're boring. His newly launched blog, he decided, would be different.
"We didn't want to do a Web site where a player pays a company to put it up and it looks like what everyone else has," he told me this week. "We want to do a lot of cool stuff that people would be interested in. Like, not football stuff. What we do in real life."
The natural follow-up question is, what would we have learned about Cooley's real life last season had his blog then existed?
"All right, we're sitting in Minnesota, I'm putting my pants on before the game, and I feel this bump on my leg," the story begins. "It's the all-time biggest ingrown hair you've ever seen. Todd Yoder's sitting right next to me. I'm like, 'Todd, lean over dude, check out this thing I've got on my leg.' He leans over, and right when he leans over I squeeze it real hard and pus flies all over his chin and his face. It was just an ingrown hair, but it was like a boil...The main core of it sprayed past his face. I wish it would have hit him, but it didn't."
So yeah, Chris Cooley pretty much has what it takes to be a successful blogger. This might be a good time to mention that, with the possible exceptions of Clinton Portis, Fred Smoot and Dmitri Young, there is no D.C. athlete who will be more quickly embraced by the D.C. blogosphere than Chris Cooley.
The brief back story: Cooley, his younger brother Tanner and a mutual friend were sitting around a few weeks back trying to think of a way to raise some extra coin for Tanner, who's hoping to go to medical school after he moves to D.C. this summer. They came up with this idea to start a Chris Cooley Web site that could sell Cooley branded apparel and Cooley game-worn equipment and whatnot. Then they looked at all those unspeakably boring athlete Web sites, and figured maybe a blog would be better. They decided Chris could publish photos from the locker room, and interview his teammates on camera, and give readers "a truthful look behind the scenes of what I'm doing all the time."
"I think people are most interested in how [athletes] really are," Cooley said. "I think that's why I've done well in D.C.: because I've tried to be honest as a person."
"I feel like Chris is crazy enough that we can just throw whatever we want up there and people will come look at it," Tanner added. "He does crazy things all the time. People like to hear about them. I think that he's exciting enough that we can make this work."
Like last year, when he passed out on the plane ride home from Minnesota, and teammates drew, let's see, "interesting artwork" on his face, and then he went home and went to sleep and opened the door for a repairman the next morning without realizing his face was still adorned with the "interesting artwork."
His blog already has a tale from this week, where he won a "closest to the pin" competition at the Professional Open in Southern California, allowing him to take batting practice with the Padres today, plus a video clip of highlights from his senior year of high school, plus a photo of his new Yorkie, named "Dale Earnhardt."
Chris hasn't looked at Gilbert's blog yet, although Tanner has. Unlike Gilbert, who phones in his entries, Chris promises that he'll actually do some writing, and says that he's "very good at it." When was the last time he was regularly writing, you ask?
"Dude, like college," he said. "Why would I write? I have no reason."
Now, thankfully, he has a reason. Who knows if Cooley's blog will succeed, but when you combine one of the most popular members of one of the country's most popular teams with video interviews with Clinton Portis and stories of spraying pus, well, the odds seem pretty good.
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