As most of you likely know the beloved du Nord, the time-consuming spawn of Minnesota’s Bruce McGuire, is on hiatus… maybe forever. Which begs the question of where to go to get your daily dose of soccer weblinks.
After finishing a piece here at TIAS and waiting for an embargo to pass so that I can publish it–something that won’t be such a big scoop but will trigger the journey that come summertime should provide for some exciting TIAS exclusives–I’m wondering about Bruce, the void left by du Nord’s absence, and technology…
I can’t be the only soccerphile pawing around the internet to have wondered whether or not I could pick up some of the slack by essentially providing what Bruce did. I gave it some thought, quickly dropped it and went back to reading, as I do everyday, just about every soccer article that appeared since I logged onto the internet a few hours before. And then I Twittered a few of my favorites.
And then it was just all too obvious. While no one can replace the quirky wit of Bruce’s editorializing and few can match his intimidating knowledge base of soccer through the decades, everybody can pretend to be du Nord thanks to Twitter.
(and hopefully I can get Bruce to bring to TIAS some reflections about the last few years since he coined soccer as the Sport of the Internet, because it’s his personality, not nearly as much the links, that I will miss most.)
I still might resurrect the once weekly Barometer for what should no doubt be a busy 2009 for American soccer–previously killed largely because of the proliferation of du Nord and other news-based headline aggregators–I am going to start Twittering more and more. I am not a really a technology kind of guy–I was late to email, cellphones, and am not the biggest fan of social networks–but who am I kidding? There are some great and simple technologies out there that make this soccer journo job-for-some-hobby-for-most easier and quicker for everybody in the production and consumption machine.
And this Twitter one really seems to be the best one in a while, in that if fills a void. I rail constantly about the death of long form sports journalism–by the way read this–but Twitter could actually help it (or further remove the need for media to bridge the gap between news makers and news consumers–either way). So don’t waste the time reading 15, 400-word stories you can learn about from a few lines in Twitter in even fewer glances (and then choose to read what you want of the myriad of weblinks) and make more time for reading things that will teach you more than the basic information that is all around you if you know where to look, and take time for something that might even teach you about yourself. Like this (a new favorite I just got around to reading).
Join the few hundred people already following along with TIAS at Twitter (the most recent headlines can always be found on the side panel here) and hit me up with all the news that’s fit to Tweet.
(that last verb is the only thing I don’t like about Twitter. I will never utter it again.)
banner photo of Bruce McGuire–even in the weather he found a way to wear red–by Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer.