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10/08/2007 08:41:00 AM
Top Five Athlete Blogs
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.
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.