Yesterday, we examined the Ten Most Powerful People in the SEC. Today we take a look at the most important blogs in the SEC. The way people consume information and talk about sports has changed since Al Gore invented the Internet. One of the new ways people get information are blogs.
What are the most important blogs in the SEC? More to the point, what are the most important non-Alabama blogs in the SEC? Why did we not include Alabama blogs on this list? Simple, Alabama fans who visit this site likely already read the excellent Alabama blogs. If not, then you should check out the indefatigable I Bleed Crimson Red, the indomitable Bama Hammer, the influential Roll Bama Roll and for basketball the insightful and perseverant (and there have been lots of difficult times lately) Bama Hoops. (Sidenote: I want to include Tidebits on this, but the site hasn’t been updated since January. Anyone know what is up there?)
The criteria for our list? Be useful, informative and have a unique voice. Also, have content we want to read. Here is our list:
1. Mr. SEC
This website provides comprehensive updates around the conference. Moreover, there is a substantial dose of information and analysis of the major issues ranging from conference scheduling and conference realignment to making sense of your basketball team’s chances for getting into the NCAA tournament.
2. Get the Picture (Georgia)
Georgia fans have some of the best blogs, and the best blogger of the group is the Senator over at Get the Picture. The blog is current and examines major themes in the SEC and college football. The Senator is erudite. The blog features all the information you might want about Georgia. The Senator has a way of highlighting the zaniness of college sports. A great example of highlighting the absurd is this post on the NCAA and its involvement with Nevin Shapiro.
3. Team Speed Kills
SB Nation has a host of blogs covering many teams. Team Speed Kills is one of that network’s blogs. However, instead of one team, it is the entire SEC. Want to know about SEC recruiting or the SEC basketball tournament or coaching changes? You’ll find commentary there. The commentary combines information and analysis in a readable way. If there is a big issue going on in the SEC community, Team Speed Kills covers it.
4. A Sea of Blue (Kentucky)
I’m not a big fan of the redesigned look of SB Nation sites, but design opinions aside, A Sea of Blue is one of the best SEC blogs. If you want perspective that covers the range of a school’s sports, you’ll find it there. You will also find a little different perspective on the SEC and college football and basketball there.
5. Chris Low of ESPN’s SEC Blog
In terms of traditional media outlets, many run blogs, but the one that is exhaustive is ESPN’s SEC blog. It is written by Chris Low and Edward Aschoff. Unlike much of today’s major media this blog covers everything—the good and the bad. Unlike many blogs, you won’t find the constant internecine fighting that is typical of many SEC sites.
What do you think? Did we omit any blogs you read? What would you recommend?