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After all those jokes about butt cancer, Cheat really did break his pelvis. Site updates (from me) will be limited in the next two days as I'm loaded up on drugs and between doctors appointments. The good news is, the content on the site was stellar this week. And now that I'll spend much of the next month, and perhaps a large chunk of the summer, stuck in Mom's basement, I should have nothing better to do than write and masturbate. So expect to see this site to return to full strength soon.

The Cheat Takes a Sabbatical


I haven't really posted anything since Thursday or Friday, and tomorrow afternoon I'm leaving town for 10 days -- will be without internet and such for most of it. So it looks like I'll be on a 2 week + hiatus. Good news is the Sox normally go on a roll when I'm gone. And I'm not so close to the trade deadline this year. Bad news is you guys gotta handle the recaps and such on your own.

The FanPost Editor Gets Twitter, Better - Blog Huddle


This morning we released some new features, all of them designed to help you share what you have to say about your favorite sport and team. Here is the rundown: Share on Twitter When you publish a FanPost or FanShot let your friends (or followers as they're called) know via Twitter. We've built an easy tool into the FanPost and FanShot editors that automatically creates a short URL back to your post and lets you send that to your Twitter stream along with a quick message. You can set this all up from your account settings screen, or right within the FanPost and FanShot editors. See more detailed instructions below. Redesigned FanPost Editor We've made a few changes to the layout and features of the FanPost editor: 1) Bigger textarea - 2) Spellchecker - 3) Draggable jump bar - 4) Sidebar inserts palette - 5) Easy status + save - 6) Autotagger -

Newspapers are dying, and baseball fans are suffering


Another great service beat writers provide fans is humanizing the players, telling us about their personalities and their backstories. They make the players more than simply numbers on the field. Could bloggers provide the same information if given proper access? Yes, certainly. But the more important question is whether they could afford the financial demands of daily access. It would be challenging enough for bloggers just to carve out the necessary eight-hour time slot to use that access at home games. Could they also pay the staggering lodging, travel and food expenses for 81 road games plus spring training?

Guess Who Wants a Link?


Hello, As I was surfing around google , I discovered your website: http://www.southsidesox.com I am trying to add as many informative websites as possible to my site. Which in turn will benefit my users as well as provide you with relevant traffic to your site. I have a website that just started but has 1,000 - 1,500 people on it per day who fit the same demographic as your site. If you follow this link, [REDACTED] you will see that I put your link on my homepage. Some website owners do not like when other sites link to them so I thought I might ask for your review. Please get back to me when you have a chance, to let me know if the link I have placed suits your needs. Also if you would like a custom Title for it just send me a email and I will get it updated. Have a good week, Elizabeth Hall

Future of Sports Writing :: USSM


One of the great current advantages of blogs over print coverage is that we’re free to explore topics in a level of depth a print reporter can’t today and has not incentive to in today’s environment. A beat reporter’s life right now is being beat up by the schedule, trying to turn around game stories and other notebook content. It’s pretty easy to see where both of those get wiped by a future without print deadlines, of course. [...] Right now, that imbalance means that there’s a vast swath of content you need to go off-paper for. If you want to read about how Ibanez sucks, or some serious analysis into in-game strategy, you have to go to the blogs. If you want a seriously considered lament about the state of the franchise, you have to go to the blogs.

Introducing SSS Power Search (Beta)


* Improved UI: clean, open search page designed for ease of scanning results and to quickly find what you're looking for * Comments are searchable again * With one search you can view the number of results for all content: front-page stories, FanPost, FanShots and comments. One click to view those results. * Relevant excerpts with highlighted keyword matches are displayed with very result * You can sort by date or by relevancy * Pages for matching players, events and teams, including quick links to stats, rosters, news and schedule are displayed in results * Power search allows you to fine tune your query, show more results per page and filter your search by user or date * Easily increase the scope of your search by including results from the league or the entire SB Nation network with the tabs at the top * If you're looking for something posted by a particular user, just click their name anywhere on the network and use the search box on their profile to automatically filter results by their name.

SSS Fan Satisfaction Index


Let's give this one another go... Click the link, fill in your excitement, confidence, screen name, etc. I'll make a pretty graph next week.

How to Disagree


After some of the discussion in the Masset thread, I thought this was topical.

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