Mike Lantry, 1972
2008 CFBAs: Best Big Ten Blog
The voting is finished and it's time to present this year's College Football Blogger Awards. Where possible, last year's winner, ineligible to win this year, will be presenting the award to this year's winner. Please check in at Rocky Top Talk and EDSBS for a schedule of all the awards to be presented over the next two days.
The next award presentation - for "Best SEC Blog" - will be around 2 at EDSBS
AWARD PRESENTATION: "Best Big Ten Blog"
(...and associated blogs run by those lunatics before they migrated to SBNation.)
At some point in the fall, Orson asked me if there was anything he had to read that he was not, and I had one crystal-clear answer: Black Heart, Gold Pants. A conglomeration of three or four different Iowa fans who ran sporadically updated but entertaining blogs of their own, BHGP was originally "The Hawkeye Compulsion" before getting noticed and picked up by SBNation, whereupon they became a staple in the Big Ten blogger's diet. They're up for a bunch of other stuff, too, despite being totally unheard of at the year's start, and that's because they put out killer, killer content.
I know BHGP is smarting because they didn't win (again, you Susan Luccis you), but here is balm for their souls:
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2007 WINNER: Black Shoe Diaries
Obama will be heartened to know that the way to win in Big Ten country is to be associated with the color black.
Uh... anyway, Black Shoe Diaries is the most consistent and excellent Penn State blog out there, and with PSU blogs beginning to rival those of Notre Dame, Michigan, and Georgia in terms of sheer quantity that's no mean feat. A testament to BSD's dedication: Mike continues to follow Penn State's basketball team. While this is not technically a college football achievement, anyone even slightly familiar with Penn State basketball can only imagine the dedication put into coverage of Penn State football, motto: "basically as full of white guys but much, much better." Though this site has sparred with BSD in the past, Mike remains one of the true gentlemen of the college football blogosphere and is a deserving recipient of an award.
Here is an award.
No... seriously, this picture of JLeman should be an award.