Much like neoconservatives who are trying to hasten the End Times by pushing for invasions of every Middle East country, we are doing our best to hasten the popping of the social media bubble by writing as much about Twitter and Facebook as possible. It helps, of course, that athletes keep doing dumb stuff on their Twitters and Facebooks and all that - y’know, to keep it entertaining.
(Social media stupidity? Bring on the Fail Whale!)
But at some point, all this hype about social media is going to collapse in a cloud of dot-com dust when people realize that most basic of capitalist tenets - there’s not really any way to profit off of it. The latest sign that the social media apocalypse is nearing ever closer is possibly the worst idea for a startup company since the Jump To Conclusions mat. A group of entrepreneurs had the great idea to start up a database of every sports accomplishment ever, editable by fans. In other words, they had the great idea to start up Wikipedia. Which already exists. And therein lies the problem.
When it comes to sports news, never trust anything you read online. Especially anything by Peter King. But especially anything on Wikipedia.
Titans TE Bo Scaife knew not to panic this week when he was flooded with phone calls asking about his trade to the Eagles. But that’s why you don’t automatically believe Wikipedia, especially when updated by a grade school kid who just got done defacing Donovan McNabb’s page.
I used to get the ESPN Sports Almanac every year, usually for Christmas. And I’d go through all the records and stats for every sport, and then the whole thing would be completely obsolete like a month later. In fact, almanacs in general have had a rough run ever since Wikipedia took over as the most convenient (if not always accurate) go-to source for information about anything and everything.
(Two of these three guys are already completely irrelevant)
Well, now ESPN is going after Wikipedia with its own massive sports database called ESPNDB. The main difference will be that ESPN’s version is actually fact-checked. It will also serve as an encyclopedia of ESPN information. So, in other words, about 2/3 of the content will be about the Yankees and Red Sox.
Ohio State officially announced that star tailback Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells is out against Ohio University this Saturday, leaving Buckeye fans crying. The program is horribly vague, at best, about his injury. ESPN’s Joe Schad on a broadcast yesterday described the complicated foot problem thusly: “a soft tissue injury to the big toe on his right foot.” Got all that?
The odd injury most certainly has Ohio State fans dashing to Wikipedia or copies of Gray’s Anatomy to figure the whole thing out. On the bright side there does seem to be optimism that he’ll play against USC the following Saturday. Regardless Ohio State has three other backs on its roster that it likes who in theory will be adequate substitutes against the overmatched Bobcats. Read more…
MJD is off to a rousing start at YAHOO! SPORTS, with this interesting nugget from Brett Favre’s Wikipedia page: