Generally speaking, the best sports blogs on the web have a few specific qualities. First and foremost, they cover a wide array of teams and sports. After all, no one wants to read about Kobe Bryant’s pinky finger or Albert Pujols’ spring training routine nonstop. Second, they have to be at least a little funny, if only to relieve some of the pure ridiculousness that is sports fandom (look to the blindness of undying Chicago Cubs fans as a prime example). Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the best sports blogs look at the sporting world with a refreshing perspective. Any old website can regurgitate a football game’s final score, but only a few can provide you with some real insight into how the game went down. The following sports blogs have separated themselves with these qualities, and are definitely worth a look the next time you find yourself browsing the web.
- “SB Nation”. From its humble beginnings almost a decade ago, SB Nation has grown into a vast network of individual blogs for every team in every major sport. These subpages are detailed and oft-updated, helping to make SB Nation as a whole one of the most comprehensive sports blogs on the web. Fans of relatively obscure teams – the Jacksonvilles and Oklahoma Cities of the world – will find this huge sports blog’s in depth coverage especially refreshing.
- “Deadspin”. A subsidiary of the same blogging juggernaut that brings you Gizmodo and Gawker, Deadspin is tops for interesting, unconventional sports content. From oddities in local sporting events to national-level reporting, there’s never a shortage of clickable headlines on this sports blog’s home page.
- “The Sports Guy’s World”. Bill Simmons, an ESPN sportswriter and self proclaimed “Sports Guy”, produces all the content on this ESPN owned sports blog. Though it’s updated a little more slowly than some others, “The Sports Guy’s World” is second to none in terms of writing quality. Simmons’ encyclopedic knowledge on the history and business of sports makes this blog a truly entertaining read for the curious fan. Oh, and don’t be put off by all the Celtics and Red Sox references – his loyalty to Boston only serves to make the blog funnier, especially when either team is underperforming.
- “Sports Law Blog”. Though it’s registered on one of those free, lower quality domains, don’t let this sports blog’s humble appearance fool you. It has some of the best and most timely information on the sporting industry, individual players, and how the law relates to both. In today’s environment of high profile legal incidents involving athletes and labor strife across several professional sports leagues, you can depend on the “Sports Law Blog” to keep you informed and in the loop.