Reflection on Blogging

Jan 19, 2009

With the Steelers making a return trip to the Super Bowl I can’t help but remember how I got started in the wonderful world of blogging.  I had considered starting up a blog on Sporting News for a while.  I had some success in their fantasy games and had commented on articles from time to time, but wasn’t really using all of SN’s capabilities.  Namely their blog platform.  When I got started I didn’t know the slightest thing about blogging.  I’ve always loved discussing sports so I figured why not give it a try?  Nobody’s going to read it anyway.  At least that’s what I thought.  I never imagined it would lead to my own website down the road.  Funny how things work out.  If you’re interested here is my first ever post.

Circa Feb 09, 2006
Pittsburgh Stealers

“I don’t know about you, but after watching the Super Bowl (vs. Seattle)  I was ashamed and pissed off. The referees played a big role in the outcome of another playoff game. This time the Grand Daddy of all football games. Being a Patriots fan I was outraged by the referees horrible calls (against Denver) that helped end their dynasty. The Pats were outplayed that day, but two huge calls that cost the Pats 11-14 points. That same round the horrible call in the Pittsburgh-Indy game set me over the edge.

I should have known that Pittsburgh was due for some makeup calls after Joey Porter not getting fined for his comments about the league and the officiating. The ticky tack pass interference. The phantom holding. The chop block on a tackle. Just plain awful. If this was South America and it was futbol….the refs would have been shot. At least we live in the good US of A and all they will get is ridicule.”

Wow, I was pretty bitter.  To this day I contend that Super Bowl was one of the most poorly officiated games I’ve ever had the sorry pleasure of watching.

I do not still hold resentment towards the Steelers, and I certainly couldn’t tell you who was officiating that day.  I am pulling for Arizona in the Super Bowl, not because of that game, but because I enjoy a good underdog story.  I just hope the guys with helmets play a bigger role in determining the outcome than than the guys with yellow flags.

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12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Powerful & on point! you weren’t bitter, the refs do botch it up sometimes! Awesome write up & a walk down memory lane. I’m glad it led to your own site & blogging. ZONA ALL THE WAY~

    I just hope the guys with helmets play a bigger role in determining the outcome than than the guys with yellow flags.

    that is PERFECT!

  2. LestersLegends
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Thanks CK. Zona all the way is right!

  3. CK0712
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    you are one of the best, Lester’s!! no question about that, one of my 1st reads as soon as i see you update!

  4. LestersLegends
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    thanks ma’am.

  5. Brad
    January 19th, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    And you wonder why you have such a large following — that was absolutely brilliant — not bitter at all.

    It would be nice to see a game played where the referees have no impact whatsoever — and maybe the underdog Cardinals can pull it off one more time.

  6. LestersLegends
    January 19th, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Thanks Bard. I sure hope the Cards can pull off an upset for the ages.

  7. Larry Novak
    January 19th, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Great to see how it got started. You helped inspire me to start my little blog, first on SN then on my current one.
    I agree with you on the officiating problem,
    As far as the Super Bowl. Do not be surprised if the Cards shock the world. Hey it was not to long ago that the Bucs did it and of course the Patriots beat a Unbeatable team. In my incorrect pick of the NFC game I did say that the Cards have Big Play guys on offense at QB, RB and WR, and once again they came up big. It may happen again. (This is not my official pick, yet)

  8. LestersLegends
    January 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Thanks Larry. Great points about the Bucs and the Pats.

  9. Frank
    January 20th, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    Well done, and congratulations! After all, reflection is an important tool to any journey. There’s a lot in that post, and is one that is a learning tool in itself.

    And yes … that Super Bowl was a crime!

  10. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    Thanks Frank. I just feel for Seattle. They don’t exactly have a ton of titles in that town, and the one they have went south.

  11. David Funk
    January 20th, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    I still remember when you started as a rookie blogger. LOL! Heck, that’s where I got my start as well. Many bloggers started there, and eventually started their own sites as a result of the exposure. My four-year anniversary on SN is coming up in August! Doh!

    BTW, here’s something else that early exposure led you to(well, both of us):

    Fantasy Football 2.0

  12. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Four years. Wow. Time flies. Yeah, you are one of the grandfathers of the SN blogosphere.

    That’s right, the Business Week article. That was very cool.

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