That said, there were two posts over there today which may make me rethink the previous paragraph.
First, in his introduction post this morning, new Associate Editor Clay Travis -- a lawyer, by the way; we're totally taking over -- says:
I do not like fat girls from Florida with bingo wings, people from Long Island, ‘Bama Bangs, Georgetown University, the major league baseball regular season, goatees, the NFC East, billable hours, old white men who claim that writing about sports is hard, or Jim Rome.Deadspin is a general sports beat, isn't it? It's not a single-subject thing like this place or a site like Yahoo! where folks have their own particular bailiwick. How on Earth do you get that job if you admit that you hate one of the major sports' regular seasons?
I suppose I can get over that, though, because I happen to know a few places where I can get some decent baseball coverage.
More problematically, in today's Comment Ombudsman piece, Rob Iracane says:
Let me get this right out in the open: new Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio has granted me the ability to execute commenters, and I am going to take quick advantage of this ability. Mr. Daulerio does not hide behind a folksy, aw-shucks Midwestern sensibility. Rather, he has embraced the dark, cutthroat side of sportsblogging that permits the public humiliation of one's readers. The good news is that I'll be a little more lenient in letting in new commenters, so if you want an invite, send me an e-mail or go ahead and audition below to become a commenter.That's a rather strange choice considering that as recently as two weeks ago Leitch was defending Deadspin from accusations that its commenters served as a distraction from the site's editorial voice. With the move towards a be-funny-or-die comments section, Deadspin has essentially put its comment threads on equal footing with the actual writing, thereby validating many of the criticisims of the Bissinger/Costas gang. You got a commenter bringing down the discourse? Too bad. You asked for it.
Also, my sword will no longer be silent and I will broadcast the news to everyone once you have been killed off. Don't let the Gawker Media technical issues that bewilder us on a regular basis worry you too much; if you have trouble logging in, that doesn't necessarily mean your commenting privileges have been taken away. In fact, if you make duplicate comments about not being able to sign in because of some mythical hamster, I will not just ban you from commenting, I will track you down and slice your Achilles.
In addition to the move being a bad one, it was poorly executed as well. To wit, note that today's piece still has the old Leitch-penned preamble:
We want the place to continue to be as much fun as it is every day, and it's not an execution thread like our friends at Gawker do. We like to be inclusive here, because if we're not, we'd be forced to rely on our own wit and knowledge, and that's a scary thought indeed.
So, to sum up: Deadspin has essentially pledged to decrease its baseball coverage, to be less inclusive, and to depend on the commenters to perform like trained monkeys under penalty of virtual death.