*This was supposed to be a bloody picture of two tigers fighting, but Jason Marsteller asked us to tone it down a bit.
Are you missing the days back when floswimming was the place to be and every blog or video seemed to turn into a 100+ comment argument? I have to say that I have missed the haters and anonymous cowards a little and wondered where they all went. You might be able to get your fix though, as Swimming World has had some real hot discussions lately in the comments sections of the following posts:
Mark Schubert Out At USA Swimming; USA Swimming Confirms Separation With Release -- November 17, 2010
Mark Schubert Speaks Publicly About Termination as USA Swimming National Team Head Coach, Says Executive Director Wanted Him on the Job "Until 2020" -- Updated with Press Conference Video -- November 17, 2010
Open Letter to U.S. Coaches From Coach Bob Gillett -- November 20, 2010
USA Swimming Board of Directors Votes Down FINA Bureau Shakeup Proposal -- November 22, 2010
Of course, these posts are reporting some pretty hot topics in the world of swimming, so they deserve heavy discussion and input from those of us out in the world who care. Even with Jason Marsteller on the job keeping it clean, the string of opinions here is pretty darn good reading.
Please note that in the Mark Schubert press conference posting, the blog fight was so intense that for the first time I know of, lawyers got involved. Also, in the article about the FINA shake-up proposal, it was nice to hear John Leonard refer to the coaches commission as "fake." I am pretty sure several of us bloggers and commenters called them on that one when they got together to help FINA botch the suit list the first couple of times. In case you don't remember how that went down, check out this interview from way back that got 136 comments and the response I threw out there that brought on another 97.
Circle up, enjoy the battle, and be sure to throw in a couple of zingers when you get the chance. Yay internet!
*Jason, I am just giving you a hard time. You know I am glad you are there moderating. I don't miss the anonymous haters that much. :)