USSM breaks new ground, maybe

DMZ · February 21, 2007 at 12:07 pm · Filed Under Off-topic ranting, Site information 

I’ve heard the inclusion of my piece “Bugs Bunny, greatest banned player ever” in the next Best American Sports Writing Annual makes USSM the first baseball blog and possibly the first blog of any kind to break into that hallowed series. I’d have to hit the library and look through the archives to check, and it’s strange to think that might be the case, but looking through the table of contents available for the last couple of editions, there’s and Slate, but I don’t see anything… this being the internet, I’m sure if that’s not true someone will be here to break up the party momentarily.


22 Responses to “USSM breaks new ground, maybe”

  1. argh on February 21st, 2007 12:10 pm

    Sincere congratulations are due here — and when you’re writing those cover stories for Sports Illustrated (hey, what happened to the smart tag?s), pause every once in a while to think of those of us left behind listening to the ballgame in a barbershop.

  2. Wells on February 21st, 2007 12:30 pm

    Hey, congrats. That’s cool!

  3. David J. Corcoran I on February 21st, 2007 12:35 pm

    Congratulations guys. This is huge. All hail USSM.

  4. Ckel on February 21st, 2007 12:41 pm

    Haha, that was some of the greatest analysis and writing I’ve seen. I remember I printed the entire thing out and I still have it in my room somewhere. Congratulations, and well deserved.

  5. Sparhawk2k on February 21st, 2007 1:04 pm

    Congratulations, maybe…

  6. dw on February 21st, 2007 1:12 pm

    Here you say you didn’t. But now you are?

    Are you talking about the 2007 edition? Because that doesn’t come out until October.

    BTW, bring back the tag buttons.

  7. DMZ on February 21st, 2007 1:19 pm

    Yes – as it turns out, the years run one back, so this edition, containing stuff from 2006, doesn’t come out until later this year, in 2007, and the submission cycle runs off-year by a couple months, which led to my confusion over editions/deadlines and whether it was going to get in. Also, you went back and looked that up? Really?

  8. eponymous coward on February 21st, 2007 1:34 pm


  9. dw on February 21st, 2007 1:36 pm

    No, when I was searching through Google “‘best american sports writing’ bugs bunny” returned that comment.

    Sometimes the Google-fu is strong in me. Sometimes, I can’t find my ex-girlfriend I last saw in 1996 so I can return her stuff as we get ready to move. Andrea Murphy of Burien, WA, please pick up the white courtesy blog.

  10. jetking on February 21st, 2007 1:40 pm

    Congrats! That was one of the first things I read here and it’s a big part of why I’ve kept reading. I mean, any site that’s going to pull that one off has my loyalty.

    Viva Bugs!

  11. PositivePaul on February 21st, 2007 1:43 pm

    So, now all you need to do is enlist Jeff Sullivan to create a WE Chart for the game, and, voila!

    Congrats, dude. Definitely one of your finer pieces, baseball or otherwise, that I’ve read to date.

    I’m curious, though, about the inclusion of the illustrations in the book. Are there any licensing issues that may come into play?

  12. DMZ on February 21st, 2007 2:01 pm

    Are there any licensing issues that may come into play?

    Ooooh, there are already issues in play. But enough about that.

  13. Curt_rocks_my_sox on February 21st, 2007 4:25 pm

    Congrats! That is one amazing post.

  14. Al Golagnic on February 21st, 2007 5:02 pm

    Congratulations, Derek. That is just really cool.

  15. Mike Snow on February 21st, 2007 5:11 pm

    If anybody gives you flak about licensing, I’d offer to help with your fair use argument.

  16. joser on February 21st, 2007 5:13 pm

    Congratulations DMZ! Too bad you can’t get a piece of the boost in rental/purchase income for the DVD of that Bugs cartoon. Heh, perhaps you can get WB to do a special edition release and have you do the audio commentary? (Hey, it worked for David Schmader and “Showgirls”!)

    dw: how old would your ex-gf be? Any chance she’s gotten married? That’s typically how women “disappear” on the internet. FWIW, a litle search fu turns up an Andrea Boures (nee Murphy) who would be ~39 now.

  17. DMZ on February 21st, 2007 5:47 pm

    I would absolutely love to do a deadpan, John Hodgman-style commentary track for that. Maybe I should just podcast one, and you can play it with the cartoon or otherwise edit in yourself.

  18. David J. Corcoran I on February 21st, 2007 7:24 pm

    You should put that post in the “Features” section. If an award winning post isn’t worthy, I don’t know what is.

  19. CSG on February 21st, 2007 7:29 pm


    Hopefully you can also get Jonathan Coulton to play “Big Rock Candy Mountain” along in the background while Hodgman reads hobo names.

  20. Edgar For Pres on February 21st, 2007 8:40 pm


    I see somebody’s name….Zumsteg.

  21. dw on February 21st, 2007 8:42 pm

    dw: how old would your ex-gf be? Any chance she’s gotten married?

    Let me think… 31? And yeah, every chance she’s gotten married. I would guess she’s still around Seattle.

    I kinda think I scared her away from the Internets. She met me on the Usenet, I moved out here, and she dumped me. That was 11 years ago.

  22. A Bag Of Beans! Wooo! on February 21st, 2007 9:49 pm

    She probably got picked up by a richer geek.

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