What does and doesn’t make a rivalry

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Ayn Rand once said, “Indifference, not hatred is the opposite of love.”

Remember that quote the next time you voice hatred for your rival team. Red Sox fans hate the Yankees, but they desperately need the Yankees in the same way the Jedi needed the Sith. Rivalry unifies and defines. And it starts early.

In a Boston sports memorabilia shop, I once overheard two seven-year old Massachusetts girls fight each other with taunts of ‘Yankee fan! Yankee Fan;’ they also slapped one another across the face with pinstriped clothing. But in all rivalries, the loser is the side exhibiting more hatred, anger, and fear for its opponent.Think of “Sibling Rivalries;” the same exact principle applies in sports rivalries.

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Photo Evidence of Jenn Sterger’s Post Implant Existence

By Paul M. Banks

You may have heard a thing or two last fall about FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger’s decision to have her breast implants removed. Well, I hope you did because what I wrote about it ended up becoming one of the 10 most read posts in Sports Bank history. Her decision to have the procedure performed was widely discussed on the internet, and many regarded that move’s logic to be in the same category as: actress Shelly Long leaving the sitcom “Cheers”, the Herschel Walker trade, the Barry Zito signing, pretty much every move Isaiah Thomas made as a NBA GM…you get the idea.

Today, thanks to Busted Coverage.com, we get to see how she’s doing now that her intercontinental ballistic missiles have been disarmed.

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Happy 3rd Birthday The Sports Bank!!!

By Paul M. Banks

This weekend, it became 3 total years since The Sports Bank went live online. And today TSB is stronger than ever. January’s daily traffic average is well ahead of December’s pace; which itself was about 3x the previous month’s high. In fact, we’ve seen steady consistent growth in readership each of the past five months. We’re just half a month into 2010, but our annual daily page views for this year is 4x that of 2009. Which itself was double that of 2008.

Mostly, it’s been our twin mock drafts: the NFL Mock Draft and NBA mock Draft, produced by TSB President Paul M. Banks and Vice President David Kay respectively that have spurred this growth. And we couldn’t have done it without all the mock draft databases out there. You guys truly are the wind beneath our wings. But let’s also give an assist where it’s due: to Erin Pageviews. I mean Erin Andrews, and Jenn Sterger.

Well, to be more accurate- Jenn’s big fake chest, and Erin’s naturally bangin’ body. This just helps “bringing ’em in” and “pack the house” over here. But whatever the reason, business is booming, times are good and for that we thank you! You the reader, you’re the one who makes this all possible, we are eternally grateful and we have a special treat for you on this occasion.

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Jenn Sterger Removes from her Trademark Traits

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By Paul M. Banks

You know how there are some girls out there (especially in this industry of sports media) who get where they are because of their boobs, even though they constantly tell you otherwise. (This invokes rule #1 of life, people are always EXACTLY what they claim not to be…i.e. anyone telling you “I’m not a weirdo” is truly a certified axe murderer) Someone you can no longer put in this group is infamous FSU Cowgirl Jenn Sterger, a former SI.com contributor whose writing skills are mediocre on her best day, but came to internet “fame” somewhat because of her looks, and mostly because of her $11,000 artificial enhancements. But now I have to really give her some credit…

…In this please, look-at-me generation in which we live, genuine self-awareness is hard to find. Even attempts at finding self-awareness are hard to find. In a very difficult to read posting on her personal blog, Ms. Sterger writes

I made an adult choice to get rid of the very things that were perhaps the only reason I started out on this journey. I then decided to bare that decision, along with my confusion and my soul for the public to bare witness.

Will I catch flack? Of course. Will the haters attend my public tar and feathering? Without question. But will a select few readers actually take the time to get to know the real me, the girl behind the boobs, now that I’ve again shared my greatest secrets and fears in a most vulnerable state? Well, that’s what I’m hoping for.

The fact that she realizes her ginormous boobies got her where she is today is refreshing. The fact that she also admits it is very mature and grounded, especially when considering how shallow and superficial the sports media world is. It’s a place where everyone takes themselves much more seriously than they should.

I’d give her much more credit if she did this without the attention-whoring of having the story chronicled in Cosmo, and then of course, the obligatory self-promotion of that story that Sterger has always done. Then again, show me someone who doesn’t recklessly self-promote.

It is indeed a very cutthroat industry,  so I also  hope that sports blog readers everywhere get to know the real Jenn: because in interviews she comes off as a bitter, dejected, self-described band geek turn sexpot. Taking cheap shots at Erin Andrews because she was desperate to become EA herself didn’t help. Now everyone can see that you’re a very mediocre sportswriter with regular, everyday sized boobs, not just a dime-a-dozen sports writer who happens to have big, fake boobs.  Since you’ve taken the puppies to live on a farm upstate, you’ll get treated exactly as you should: fairly.

With your defining characteristics no longer in place, it’s all about your much-less-than-impressive writing. The way it should be.