Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SVP Gives Advice to the Around the Res Guys

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt visited Conte Forum on Saturday to see his alma mater Maryland take on the Eagles in an afternoon basketball game. Of course, Alex and I couldn't let the opportunity to meet such a legend pass us by and so we pretty much followed Van Pelt around like 13 year old girls until we could summon up the courage to ask him for a picture. He was also nice enough to give us some advice on creating a successful blog.



Make the jump to find out what SVP said.



First off, it was amazing that SVP actually cared enough to take five minutes out of his day to give two bums like us some advice. I'm sure he gets mobbed with requests like that all the time, and quite honestly, there's no hiding from it because he definitely sticks out in a crowd like a sore thumb. Alex and I were surprised at how good-natured, down-to-earth, and humble SVP seemed.

His best piece of advice to us was to stay upbeat about BC sports and to not say that "everything sucks. Because if everything sucks, then, by definition, nothing sucks because everything is on the same level." This is really profound advice for a bunch of guys writing an obscure sports blog because the inclination in the blogging community is definitely to be down on your team and to constantly second guess the top-down decision making. Bloggers in general have very little concept of how much time and effort many sports figures put into training, coaching, and developing game strategies. Athletes and coaches put in countless hours during the week and many bloggers think they have the ability to ruthlessly critique them after watching a game for five minutes on the coach. Additionally, bloggers are very often separated from the folks they are reporting on and therefore have little concept of the fact that the inclination to "Fire him" might actually have a human impact on that person's personal life, family life, and career.

We hope we haven't been too negative yet on the blog, and we will try to strike a balance between being upbeat Eagle's fans, thankful to have the experience of yet another college game, while still maintaining a realistic outlook. Feel free to call us out if we stray too far in one direction or the other, because at the end of the day, the people who read this thing have the most ownership over it, because without all of you, we would just be four alums shouting our opinions into the black hole of the blogosphere.

4 comments:

  1. That photo should be on the blog's front page...major street cred

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  2. Well done guys. This is quickly rising to the BC blog elite (if not already there).

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  3. yeah agreed Benjamin. I really enjoy this blog. Keep up the good work guys.

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  4. Thanks for the kind words. Please let us know if there's stuff you'd like to see more of or less of. Keep up the good comments.

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