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In Praise of Collin Balester's Blog


(Ripped from Bally's Blog)

With Gilbert Arenas's blog having been updated exactly once in the current NBA season, maybe the moment has passed, but there was a time when it was pretty obvious that this was the sports blogging capital of the country, with Arenas and a naked-picture-posting Chris Cooley leading the way.

The blemish, though, was always the blogging black hole that was Ryan Zimmerman, whose efforts led to mocking , more mocking and yet more mocking.

The assumption may have been that Nats Can't Blog. Well, the assumption was wrong. Somehow I've never seen Collin Balester's majestically awesome blog before this week, but I'm already hooked. It's a head-spinning whirlwind of photos, bizarre observations, bad sports predictions, "Bally Star" references and run-on sentences. Lots and lots and lots of run-on sentences.

Plus he's now doing interviews with random bloggers. It would seem that my first-ever blog about Bally Star two years ago--in which he actually showed up in the comments section--was spot on.

A few of the choicest, and lengthiest, selections:

* So on January 24th Huntington Beach High School the high school I went to obviously haha (GO OILERS !!!) will be retiring mine and Gary Buckles and Howie Clarks jerseys, most of you would know Howie Clark he played with Baltimore, he was the guy when A-rod was running to third base and he yelled "I got it and Howie" thought it was his teammate and let it go you have to remember that one.

* One thing thats new is a song that has really been pumping me up while im lifting and I have been listening to about 35 times daily. Its called Just Dance by Lady GaGa and Colby O'Donis, I need everyone that looks at this blog to go download it well actually go to ITunes and buy it so you dont get in trouble (haha) its a great song and im thinking about using it as my come out song when I hit.

* I am going on a cruise to the Bahamas today so I will be gone for about 4 or 5 days and you know what that means, no blogs from Bally for a little bit, I mean I could buy the internet on the ship and write while Im on, I mean I like each and every one of you but not that much haha.

Haha! And yeah, there are plenty of details about said cruise, including a chance meeting with Mark Kotsay, snorkeling tales and the correct observation that laying out on the sand gets "kinda boring."

So I feel confident in saying D.C. has got its sports blogging swag back. Also, Collin, since I assume you'll read this, shoot me an e-mail so we can do a groundbreaking Q&A about your blogging hopes and dreams.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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Comments

Periods are for girls haha yeah run on sentences

Posted by: ThisGuy | January 22, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I read the bugs and cranks interview with Bally yesterday. Here's your highlight:

"I don’t know. At first I could of wanted to it but then I was getting frustrated because I’m not the best, I only went to high school so I’m not the best writer (laughs). So I had to really focus to do that kind of stuff. I didn’t really like it that much and then it was kind of fun to me, I wanted to do it, any time I did something I wanted to go back home and write about it. So it made it a lot more fun and it made me feel like I’m a lot smarter, I know how to write a lot better now and the fun of it."

And the fun of it!!!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 22, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I love Bally's blog and have read it for quite some time. Makes you feel like he is a "regular guy." Very entertaining.

Posted by: cherylrush | January 22, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Collin Balester's writing = my pitching, so I'm not going to mock the guy.

That said, neither one of us should quit our day jobs.

Posted by: wahoo2x | January 23, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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