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10/08/2007 08:41:00 AM

Top Five Athlete Blogs

Gilbert Arenas
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has one of the more entertaining blogs in the sports community.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

Despite what you may have heard, blogs are not a virus or some rare artifact from outer space. Blogs are purely functional, a way to organize and disseminate information. SI.com has blogs, I have a blog, and the latest development is that a lot of athletes are starting their own blogs. Here are my five favorite blogs written by athletes.

1. Rod Benson: Benson played college basketball at Cal and is currently trying to play his way onto the New Jersey Nets. In the meantime, he blogs. Benson posts erratically, but when he does write they're always honest, compelling and funny. And even though he isn't living the NBA high life, he avoids falling into the trap (like Paul Shirley) of constantly complaining about his skills going unrecognized.

2. Curt Schilling: The Red Sox pitcher can be a bit of a blowhard, but that's exactly what makes him so interesting. It's also cool to read recaps of his starts and follow along with Schilling's various feuds.

3. Gilbert Arenas: Gil gets points for embracing the power of blogging early on, but he loses some cred because he doesn't actually write his posts (they're phoned in). Still, he always has something to say.

4. Moritz Volz: The German international who plays for Fulham in the Premiership keeps an interesting blog. He even admits to loving David Hasselhoff.

5. Ian Crocker: This US swimmer knows how to write and makes everything he posts worth reading...even if he's posting about swimming.

Who else is on the internet? Give us your favorite athlete blogs below...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Comments:

Pete McEntegart!
Not athletes, but AMAZING GRACE and McEntegart
Posted: October 8, 2007 4:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
curtis granderson
Posted: October 8, 2007 4:50 PM   by Anonymous me
granderson seconded.
Posted: October 8, 2007 6:11 PM   by Anonymous Vandalay
All the athletes on Yardbarker.com give the readers unfiltered great info. Ray Lewis and Baron Davis will become the top bloggers on the web.

Way to completely ignore Yardbarker.com
Posted: October 8, 2007 6:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Paul Shirley
Got to hand it to Greg Oden and Boom Dizzle over at Yardbarker.com!
Got to hand it to Greg Oden and Boom Dizzle over at Yardbarker.com!
Posted: October 8, 2007 9:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Curtis Granderson, CF, Detroit Tigers. Hands down one of the best sports bloggers today.
Posted: October 8, 2007 11:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Granderson!
Posted: October 9, 2007 12:54 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pete McEntegart! By a country mile!!!!
Posted: October 9, 2007 1:36 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Awww...somebody upset that Shirley puts his blogs on ESPN.com?
Posted: October 9, 2007 2:54 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Paul Shirley started this fad, but he didnt make the list
Posted: October 9, 2007 10:11 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pat Neshek! Reliever for the Twins. Awesome, personable guy who loves his basebvall cards.
Posted: October 9, 2007 12:39 PM   by Anonymous Silva
Megan Jendrick, also on SwimRoom.com and an Olympic gold medalist, has some pretty good blogs too. Hers are mostly sports related, not as far ranging as Ian Crocker, but very good too.
Posted: October 9, 2007 3:39 PM   by Anonymous Pam
I agree Ian's blog is one of the best. So well written. I do take issue with the remark you made about swimming. You make it sound so boring. Swimmers are some of the athletes. It a wonderful sport and not just in the Olympic year.
Posted: October 9, 2007 7:15 PM   by Anonymous Joe
Greg Oden
Posted: October 9, 2007 9:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pat Neshek- Pat Neshek.com Great guy, very fan friendly.
On the heels of the Curt one, there's also the Manny Ramirez parody blog:

http://www.24homers.com
Posted: October 10, 2007 9:32 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox has a good one on the team's website.

http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/index.php?automodule=blog&blogid=10&
Todd Collins, backup QB, Washington Redskins
http://toddcoll15.blogspot.com/2007/09/entry-22-two-and-oh-so-good.html
http://toddcoll15.blogspot.com/2007/09/entry-22-two-and-oh-so-good.html

Todd Collins, Backup QB, Washington Redskins.
Posted: October 10, 2007 8:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Neshek his blog is amazing and is very cool
Posted: October 11, 2007 9:12 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
agreed-curtis granderson
Posted: October 11, 2007 11:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jeff Samardzija's at jeff-samardzija.com He updates weekly in the off-season and pretty much daily during season.
Posted: October 11, 2007 3:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dmitry Tursonov on atptennis.com
Posted: October 11, 2007 4:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Diana Taurasi at Yardbarker.com
Paul Shirley, hands down.
Keep up with every athlete blog on one page: http://fanbash.com/ab/
Here's a comprehensive list of athlete blogs:
http://www.samepagesports.com/our-new-ahtlete-blog-directory/
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