With Blogs With Balls 4 taking place in New York on Saturday, I was thinking about this picture and the night it was taken. It was 2006, I think, at Floyd in Brooklyn. I remember because they served a variety of cheap beer in a bucket called the “crapucopia.” I remember because of the guys in the room.
Henry Abbott from TrueHoop was there. He’s on the left. Henry’s little creation has become a monster for ESPN, spawning an entire network of NBA blogs. A dozen or more writers from the network have snagged full-time jobs covering basketball.
Next to him, in white, is Matt Ufford from Kissing Suzy Kolber. Since then he created With Leather and Warming Glow. He also raises money for good causes by humiliating himself on the Internet. KSK continues to prosper.
Crouching in front of Matt is Dan Shanoff. Dan launched a start-up called Quickish last year, and it’s awesome. I hope it makes him filthy rich. Lucre aside, I think it already has.
Behind Dan is A.J. Daulerio. I don’t know what A.J. was doing then. Oddjack? Now he’s the gonzo Editor-in-Chief of Deadspin, which actually has its own panel at BWB. It features nine people, all of whom work at Deadspin.
The guy in the blazer is Will Leitch, Deadspin’s founding editor. Will left there to write for New York magazine. He’s quite good at it. He’s also published two books since then and joined Yahoo! to captain our film blog, The Projector.
Behind Will is Peter Schrager from Fox Sports, where he writes about the NFL and college football. Sweet gig.
Down in front is James Morris of Wizznutzz, who coined the “Agent Zero” nickname for the best player on his favorite team, Gilbert Arenas. Arenas was most recently seen on Twitter with the handle @agentzeroshow. None of us were on Twitter in ‘06.
That’s me on the right. I was at AOL then, hosting a shitty podcast. I’m at Yahoo! now, not hosting anything.
There were others too, and some of us will be at BWB this weekend, pontificating on “the future of sports media” while conjuring up its recent past. We’re gonna need a bigger room.