Q: im a regular reader and huge on tennis… do you follow the sport or play it?
A: Thanks for reading! I used to follow it hardcore, then stopped a bit. I still watch now, but I don’t know a lot of the names or their styles of play like I would for guys in the NHL or MLB. I play it now casually after about 10 years of not having picked up a raquet. I love watching it when it’s on, and it’s a ton of fun to play. I’ve even been live to the Rogers Cup in Toronto this year, but I don’t think it’ll ever take over hockey or baseball for me.
Q: Should the Raptors fire Jay Triano?
A: Not right now, no. There’s no getting around it – this team sucks. The talent is extremely thin, so you have to ask yourself, what other coach in the NBA would be able to guide his team into the playoffs/becoming a contender with this roster? None can. The problem doesn’t lie with Triano – and don’t get me wrong, I think Triano is a high school coach at best – but the problem is with Brian Colangelo, who’s rebuilt this team a handful of times and all have come out as failures. This year’s team is about finding the new star, and seeing how their younger guys adapt to a team where there is no solidified #1 option. BC has to decide whether or not there are moves to be made this season to improve the future of the Raptors, or if he’ll use a high draft pick and cap space next summer to rebuild from the bottom-up. If he rebuilds and decides that Triano isn’t the right coach for the team, he’ll find a replacement. If BC starts adding talent during the season and Triano continues to lose, then firing him would be the way to go. But, if he sits tight and makes big moves next summer and beyond, there’s no point in scrapping Triano.
Q: Marc, first of all let me just say that I’m a huge fan of your site and I check it several times a day (I especially like your WWE reports). What advice would you give to someone who would like to create their own sports blog? Keep up the great work!
A: Thanks! First off, you need to be able to write. Not just spelling and punctuation, like actually being able to write cohesively and professionally. You’ll get more views the more frequently you update, and once you develop a readership, you’ll need to remain consistent with the number of updates you do. Finally, you need to come at an angle that’s going to get people to read your stuff. You can’t just say “Alexander Ovechkin is good” since everyone knows that. As for a blog itself, there are a ton of good, free ones out there – Blogger, WordPress, etc. I might expand on this question more since I get stuff like questions like this fairly often through email and stuff. Feel free to send me your link once you get it off the ground!
Q: Whats your biggest accomplishment in life?
A: I wake up in the morning, helplessly shit and piss myself, then lose three of my teeth before I discover that I am trying to eat a rock for breakfast. I consider a walk through my living room where I don’t crash through a wall or kick over furniture a resounding success.
Q: What do look for in a girlfriend?
A: Money and a big rack. What, you expected something else?
Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
A: Can’t think of anything off the top of my head. I’m constantly making an ass out of myself, though.
Q: you remind me of perez hilton
A: Everything I know leads me to believe this is an insult, but I’m somehow flattered.
Q: whats your biggest pet peeve?
A: I can only pick one? Geeze, where to begin. People who can’t speak English, yet work the phones for customer service so no one can understand them. Vegetarians and environmentalists. Drivers who go 20 kph under the speed limit. Mac & iPhone users. People who listen to Lady Gaga, Kesha, Justin Bieber, U2, Kings of Leon or Coldplay. People who watch Seinfeld, Star Wars, Jersey Shore, Twilight or the Discovery Channel. People who think Alexander Ovechkin is the best player in the NHL. I wouldn’t say there are a lot of pet peeves, but small stuff I shouldn’t care about drives me up the wall (ie the way someone laughs). It’s probably easier to make a list of things that don’t piss me off.
A Guide to Writing will be out soon. The FormSpring question sparked it, but I usually get asked (most often when I write a column) about writing/starting a blog from scratch, so I’m going to address it once and for all. A new VoV Peep Show banner, as well as a new main page logo are in the works, as the site overhaul is right around the corner. Finally, the Peep Show might soon become a regular podcast, so stay tuned for that.
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