I know I'll get negbanged for synchophancy, but what the hell. I was reading me some crappy sports blogs and it dawned on me that we're lucky, and we in the MGoBlogoverse had better recognize. Items I find remarkable about our Fearless Leader:
-His raw production of absolutely great content in the blog format
-His technical prowess in designing and deploying an update to the blog
-His judgment in managing the blog's community
-His frequency of posting and by extension his total awareness of the news cycle and the blogosphere
-His ability to get onto other blogs (and vice versa) and to get on legacy media outlets (i.e. radio)
-His original humor and perfect taste in using memes, references and other eccentri to spice up his content
-The adoption of "Unverified Voracity," a reporter's malapropism criticizing sports blogs, as a permanent feature of the site
-His ability to slog through good and bad with stamina and aplomb. I only recall three instances where he pretty much tapped out of his gig - last year's Ohio State game (didn't do the UFR), the Jim Carty academics story (an honest but rambling piece), and the Horror (kittens).
-Last but not least, a heartfelt dedication to Michigan that gives the rest of us a place to go.
Having worked both in engineering and in sports journalism, I find this combination of left- and right-brain, along with the sense of balance and quality, to be astounding. Not many could do both jobs. For the longest time he pretty much did it as a one-man show - now that he is expanding the blog's bounds he's brought on additional, but highly competent, content assistants.
Suggestion for the thread: praise Brian in the guise of whatever Internet meme you wish. Real Ultimate Power (the ninja webpage) LOLcats, Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Orson Swindle's ruminations, the delusion Notre Dame fan, "if Brian were an Ann Arbor restaurant, he would be ...", you get the idea.