Blogger Profiles – Part 2

Jumping in on Cory’s idea, here are my responses to the nine questions:
1. What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your blog?
This site is a good blend of new and old, humor and seriousness. All the various Pirate sites have good points. I look at or try to look at the active Pirate blogs at least once a day.
2. What was your favorite post?
Wow. Tough one. There are so many on the old version of MVN that have yet to make it to the updated version’s archives. Not that any of them are Pulitzer material. If I had to pick one it’d go back a couple of years to when I tried to analyze what Dave Parker’s career would’ve looked like had he not gotten into cocaine. Based on the new adjusted numbers, I tried to make a case for Parker for the HOF. Either way, he falls just short in my book. Can’t link the post to you because the archives aren’t up.
3. What is the most unique blogging experience you’ve ever had?
I profiled Lonnie Smith in the “Bucco Biography” section and a guy who claimed he was Lonnie’s son contacted me. I also made an off the cuff remark about Cincy sportscaster Ken Broo in a different post and he commented on it. Weirdness.
4. Favorite blogs, including at least one at MVN:
I love Bill Simmons, Rob Neyer and Steve Treder from Hardball Times. I check those three places daily for new content. On MVN, I check out Reds (and Blues) because I’m a Cincy native. That site is technically no longer part of MVN. So, maybe that’s cheating.
5. What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Terry Francona was briefly a Red when I was a teenager. In the player profile in the Reds yearbook that season, Francona answered the question “What would you be doing if you weren’t playing baseball?” with “Thinking about playing baseball.” I thought that was a great response. If I couldn’t blog I’d probably be reading books, reading other blogs or trying to find a pick up basketball game somewhere.
6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
I was thinking about this yesterday. The family and I were on vacation last week (went to Disney with my in-laws. Six adults and four kids between 4 and 9 years old. Fun, but exhausting. I brought my laptop but we were in a place that only had a dial up connection. So, no posts from me.). I was catching up on reading the magazines that I get. ESPN the Magazine had a blurb in their baseball coverage about Jack Wilson calling Jose Castillo “lazy.” And I thought, “That’s not even remotely fresh news”. Then I thought back to the mid-80s when I used to absorb every bit of SI and The Sporting News and watch SportsCenter nightly during the season. It’s great how the WWW and blogs have reduced the news cycle so much. The only reason I ever look at a local paper (The Dayton Daily News) is to read HOF writer Hal McCoy’s insights. Otherwise, I rely on the web and TV for news. I’m not enough of a visionary to imagine what the next step is for the blogosphere.
7. Favorite team and why?
Buccos. How I became a Pirates fan was the subject of a very early post for me (that I can’t link to). A good chunk of the reason was a great comeback that I witnessed on NBC’s Game of the Week on 8/11/79.
8. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have no respect for golf as a sport. It’s an activity because there is no defense and there is no physical exertion, unless walking 18 holes with somebody else carrying your bag is exertion. I think soccer is the most ridiculous team sport in the world. I could go on and on about soccer. Really, it is a communist sport (no, I’m not saying communists invented it). Everyone is equal (no hands allowed). But one player is more equal than the other players, comrades, and he gets to control the game by using his hands. Imagine if Shaq or Mutombo or any agile 7 footer could legally goal tend in the NBA. How boring would that be? Another thing, why is it when the ball goes out of bounds, you can use your hands in soccer? Shouldn’t you have to kick it in bounds? In the NBA you can’t use your feet. Using soccer logic, that means NBA players should kick the ball in when it goes out of bounds. How dumb would that look? Plus the flopping is insane. Don’t get me wrong, those guys and gals are good athletes and in great shape. The rules of the sport kill it for me.
9. Happiness is…
The sound of my kids laughing (or any kids, really)…
Waking up and seeing my wife’s face next to mine (happy 12th, baby)…
The wagging tail of a dog…
The Pirates as defending World Series champs. The picture I used in my profile is my 4th grade yearbook shot. The picture was taken in September of 1980. Yep, the Bucs were defending champs that season. Check out the smirk on my face. I have no idea what I was thinking. And how about that hair.

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Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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