Thursday, January 17, 2008

An Unexpected Fusillade

This blog was started last Spring mainly because there seemed to be so few decent reading options when it came to the Celtics. Of course the impending draft lottery had to do with the blog's creation, but Headband's inception mainly revolved around our utter contempt of Celtics coverage (or lack thereof). And now basically everything has changed. There are many cool things about this, but also plenty of shitty things. The best part obviously is that the Celtics are fantastic, I mean wildly fantastic, and they have Kevin Garnett. The present setting seemed inconceivable back in May, and the turn of events is still so amazing that at times I am left speechless. When a team is as good as the Celtics, it is natural for it to be laden with attention. But unfortunately the dramatic turn of events and the inevitable coverage saturation has hardly increased critical awareness of the team in most fans' eyes, as far as I can tell. Perhaps I should be resigned to this, and actually I probably already am, but this dramatic shift leaves me wondering nonetheless, and I am more jaded than when the blog began.

Make no mistake, you can find good stuff written about the Celtics, we try to link to it when we can, and the couplings to the right often provide excellent in-depth observations about the C's and the NBA as a whole. It's just that the whole blogging game has completely changed. Many of the best NBA bloggers have begun to get paid, which is great. But unfortunately it seems to mean that their material is starting to get watered down. Meanwhile a half dozen new NBA blogs start up a day; there used to be like 5 Celtic blogs, there now are probably 900. And most all of them suck, as you would expect. In the same way that the Globe, Herald, Spears, Bulpett, May etc. usually suck. There is little true insight, plenty of slighted emotional homerism, and just a general pall of idiocy.

I don't intend to sound elitist about this, I'm a dumb homeristic fuck too - but what I mean to say is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The exponential increase in material written about the Celtics cannot help but provide many more pieces of gold - you just gotta sift through a lot of shit to find it. In the old days you didn't have to sift at all.

The internet and blogging community is clearly where it's at if you want to read about the NBA - if you just read the Globe in the morning you're gonna have no idea how much else is going on. But the thing is there is always more going on, and you can never come close to knowing everything. And there's no point in trying. It is better to focus on what you enjoy than to be a know-it-all. This should be apparent to all, although it hardly is. Yet with this as a modicum of our behavior, I think we would all benefit. We are just saturated with Celtics stuff, most of it trash, and the more we understand this, the better off we will be. And, yes, I am aware that I sound like the most kingly of douche bags, your reproaches will be taken in kind.

8 comments:

The Brick said...

what the hell was all that about?

The Fox said...

I think Tim's saying I should stop hating on Pierce's game.

...I...just...can't!

The Brick said...

I thought he was about to resign. All of you just stick to your schticks, Fox hates Pierce, Tim & Jack hate Doc. I hate Scalabrine, but thats because he provides nothing to the team.

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