Time for another edition of Follow Friday and it’s the 4,000th post on Fang’s Bites! Did not have time to do one last week so I’ll make up for it this week. To check previous Follow Friday’s, click here.
Amanda Bruno is a freelance writer for the Springfield Republican and has written for the Boston Globe. She has her own blog which I stumbled upon last week through Bleacher Report. I then looked through Batter-up with Bruno and found it to be well-written. She has stuff on the Red Sox and some musings on the sports media in Boston. I’ve linked to it a few times since finding it. Amanda also does some work on Sox & Dawgs when Ian Bethune is away from the computer so do me the favor of bookmarking her blog and putting the RSS feeds into your browser.
Cameron Frye is a Boston-based blogger who loves her hockey. She’s also a fashionista and sometimes does cross-blogging with her friend, Wrap Around Curl who has been given a Follow Friday shoutout here. You may remember the story of Cameron who was unceremoniously dumped from blogging about the Bruins at Comcast SportsNet’s New England website due to some things she wrote for Deadspin. Cameron started her own site and has been blogging since January. She has an edge and she’s also on Twitter. Check her stuff out. I always laugh at her cutting humor.
Sportspoop is a relatively new site having started in May, but it’s grown quite fast. It focuses on sports, women and humor. I also appreciate the site’s help in boosting my numbers on Ballhype so I ask that you follow the site and visit often.
Lisa Horne writes about college football for FoxSports.com. She covers all types of issues and was a very good source when the Pac 10 conducted its media days. Very good writer and enjoyable to exchange Tweets with.
Patrick Gordon at FanIQ loves his Boston teams and isn’t afraid to speak his mind whether it be on his blog or on Twitter. I’ve come to enjoy reading his thoughts. And even when I disagree, I find his writings to be quite entertaining.
Three sports media writers to follow and all are on the West Coast. I mentioned him before in Follow Friday, but I’ll give him another mention. Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News not only gets blogging, but he embraces it. He has a great media blog and he’s one of the few sports media writers who will leave the office and cover stories. Neil Best of Newsday is another. Tom has tried broadcasting a minor league baseball game, curling, and has written some fascinating essays on Los Angeles’ past sports history. Tom has also linked to this blog on occasion, but that’s not why I’m giving him a second Follow Friday mention. He’s a very good writer.
Tom’s crosstown rival, Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times is one of the few women to write about the sports media. In fact, I think she’s the only newspaper sports media beat writer. She started to cover the beat this year after the Times tried to find a successor to long-time writer Larry Stewart. Diane has done a great job taking over the beat and she has become a go-to link here. Diane is also a tennis fan which I appreciate as well. I don’t know if the Times has officially given her the beat, but here’s hoping she stays there for a long time.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star is a good read giving another West Coast perspective. He has Friday media columns as well as general sports columns on Tuesday. Since I started doing the Friday megalinks, Jim has become a mainstay and has e-mailed me a couple of times here and there. Very good columns.
To our non-sports recommendations, I have found another good web series for you to try. Seeking Simone is a new series on the trials and tribulations of Simone trying to find love through online dating in gay Toronto. The lines are funny. The acting is good. And even if you’re not gay, you can relate to Simone’s problems in dating. I really enjoyed the first three episodes.
And for those of you who are fans of the Whedonverse (creator Joss Whedon who produced Buffy/Angel/Firefly and now Dollhouse), you’ll know the name of Felicia Day. She’s not only been in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but she’ll have an expanded role in Dollhouse this upcoming season. Felicia is one of the busiest actresses not only acting on TV, but also producing the web series, “The Guild” which has one of the largest followings online. Every time I look at her Twitter page, she seems to be working on a new project. If you haven’t seen her on Dollhouse, make sure you do so this season.
That concludes this week’s edition of Follow Friday. The megalinks are coming up.