Unprofessional Foul


June 2, 2010

Today in Deadspin’s Half-Assed Soccer Blogging

With the World Cup approaching, there has been a noticeable uptick in the quantity of soccer-related posts on Deadspin. However, the vast majority of them clearly were lackluster in effort. Every day until the World Cup (and maybe even through it) we’ll break down the previous day’s most half-assed post. If you’re still not clear, check out the first post here.

Join us after the jump for the fourth post in the series.

Post: Benni McCarthy Dropped from South Africa’s Squad for Being Too Fat

Total Words: 343

Original or Repurposed: Repurposed.

Total Estimated Time: Maybe as much as 15 minutes.

Comments: Whoa, what’s going on here? This post has lots of words. And it’s got quotes and stuff from things that happened previously. That’s like effort and stuff. We’re almost dumbfounded.

Seriously, though we blogged about this, so we can’t be too hard on it (although a) subject matter alone doesn’t mean you weren’t lazy and b) we went a different route because it’s pretty well known that Benni McCarthy likes his pudding). Still, the Spoiler went and dug up quotes from West Ham’s chairman David Sullivan to give a little more context to the crog-mag lay-reader.

Half-Assedness (on a 10 scale): 3. This is the first entry that even came near triple digits words. And then they went and wrote over 340 of the damn things (okay, that’s including two quotes) but what the hell? It still probably took both time and effort to do that post.

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Precious Roy


  1. Ryan


    Rafa out?


  2. ebullientfatalist

    @Ryan: Not out, per se, but Liverpool management have opened the door and extended their hand.

  3. Anonsters


    I apparently am very interested in visiting a website about an unprofessional young horse.


  4. ebullientfatalist

    @Anonsters: Google won’t let me pursue my interest in amateur chickens.

  5. James T

    Yeah, I’m hearing that too. First The Times reports that the board approved a buy-out deal to let Benitez go, and now the Daily Mirror is saying he’s actually gone as LFC manager, effective immediately.

    Not sure how I feel yet. He’s apparently not good enough for us, yet the reigning European/Serie A champs want him asap…

  6. ebullientfatalist

    Whoever gets the post will have to make difficult decisions on Torres and Gerrard – and even Masch and Reina. If the transfer kitty is closer to a Tabby than a Bengal, ‘Pool will have to sell if they want to buy.

  7. Love the Smell of Burning Vuvuzela

    I’m not sure I get the point of blasting Deadspin for finally embracing soccer. What is the goal here, exactly — to make one of the web’s leading sports sites go back to ignoring the sport?

  8. The Fan's Attic


    Plus, they will not maintain this coverage after the wc. It’s a niche sport in America that won’t garner page views unless it’s salacious.

  9. Love the Smell of Burning Vuvuzela

    I’m necro-posting in this thread, nearly two years later, for just one important reason:

    The Fan’s Attic was wrong! As in, wrong, wrong, WRONG!

    Deadspin not only continued to cover soccer after the World Cup — they’ve become downright reverential toward the sport. They have daily soccer posts, and those posts most certainly “garner page views.”

    So, I know this comment will not be seen by anyone but a few odd Google stragglers here and there. But I just wanted to get this down for the record: nah nah nah-nah nah!

    • Precious Roy

      Huh…. I just checked the last three days of posts. There were 35 posts yesterday alone, and not a single one was about soccer. Over the last three days (well over 100 posts), exactly two were ‘about’ soccer. One was video of the cat on the pitch at Anfield during Liverpool v. Tottenham. The second was a list of Fox affiliates NOT showing Clesea v. United on Super Bowl Sunday. The latter seems to be a serial piece they’ll do whenever Fox proper (not FSC) is showing a live EPL match.

      That’s hardly reverential. They have started to do a mostly-weekly run-down that’s more in depth but it’s Wednesday of this week and that post still hasn’t appeared; and 2% of content is hardly something worth coming to a post on a mothballed blog and raving about.

      Also, if you’re going to gloat, at least have the courage to use real contact information.

    • Deadspin still doesn’t cover soccer other than the occasional Anfield Cat or nice goal plus a weekly recap. And that has only been within the last few months when two new writers are attempting to make it their niche. That’s ok too. It’s not a big time sport in America and only the highlight reels or funny moments are going to really garner any interest.

  10. Love the Smell of Burning Vuvuzela

    Deadspin still doesn’t cover soccer other than the occasional Anfield Cat or nice goal plus a weekly recap.

    That’s simply not true.

    Now, sure, I will concede: I happened to pick a bad moment (i.e., 48 hours into a glut of post-Super Bowl coverage) to declare that there is “daily soccer post(ing)” at Deadspin. But the broader point stands: The site has become far more receptive to soccer in the past couple of years, and there is a steady drumbeat of posting. There’s a hell of a lot more soccer coverage over there these days, and it’s not just Anfield cats or periodic EPL rundowns.

    Those posts do indeed “garner page views,” and the days of soc-cer? are long gone. They write headlines about “Messi” and “Ronaldo” and “Dempsey” and “Donovan” with the assumption that their readers are well-acquainted with these people.

    Look, I don’t even particularly like Deadspin. I think that whole smarmy-irreverent-Gawker-tone thing feels more and more dated by the month (and is going to look embarrassingly anachronistic a decade from now). But they have beefed up their soccer coverage, in a significant way.

    That’s all.

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