March 05, 2003

The Seattle Times has launched a sports weblog: around local statewide basketball. From the URL (, perhaps it's just the beginning of their sports-weblog empire.

posted by mathowie to basketball at 01:10 PM - 3 comments

"For each day of the 3A and 4A tournaments, they'll be posting the latest action from key games, plus giving you a feel for the scene in the Dome. It's almost like being there" Yeah, just like being there, only even more boring. Okay, that was a low blow and this does seem like a good idea, just not one meant for a national audience. Oh look, the Issay cheer squad just did a cheer. Neato.

posted by 86 at 01:44 PM on March 05, 2003

This is a great way to cover high school basketball. I always love driving through rural AZ and finding a local basketball playoff game on the radio. Not every community can do that though, so this is pretty neat. The commentary just doesn't seem as exciting to us since we have gotten used to EPL games on the web, and you don't have to be nice to EPL players. Plus, the end of the Issaquah-Kennedy game was great! I could picture the last 11 seconds. Also, in a newspaper account, you don't get comments like: "One of the cheer guys just dropped a cheerleader. No one was hurt."

posted by eckeric at 05:04 PM on March 05, 2003

Oops...trying again. Damn submit button never works right. I think this is pretty good. It's well designed. From a sports standpoint, I don't know how much application it can have other than high school. It would probably be a great way to cover the NCAA tournament. But for big time sports, nothing happens in Washington that's not happening in Seattle. Kiss my ass Tacoma. Kiss my ass Pullman. I could see the Times exploiting this for things like election coverage where stuff happens simultaneously in different regions. This is one more indication of how the Times continues to distance themselves from the P.I.

posted by vito90 at 11:00 AM on March 06, 2003

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