Spheroid: The Rumor Mill
Rumor is a pipe/Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures. — Shakespeare, in Henry IV, Part 2, Act 1
Mortua—sed non sepulta! Mortua—sed non sepulta! (Dead—but not buried! Dead—but not buried!) — Elizabeth I, 1599, upon learning of rumors that she had died. Repeated often until her death four years later.
I am astonished to observe how willing men are to lumber their minds with such rubbish, — to permit idle rumors and incidents of the most insignificant kind to intrude on ground which should be sacred to thought. Shall the mind be a public arena, where the affairs of the street and the gossip of the tea-table chiefly are discussed? — Henry David Thoreau, 1863
Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo/The numbers of the feared. — Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act 2
The nature of rumor is known to all. — Tertullian, Roman church father (c. 150-230)
The mind that’s conscious of its rectitude/Laughs at the lies of rumor. — Ovid, Roman poet (43 BC-AD 18)
Having said all that, baseball fans love rumors. For better or for worse, they make the Hot Stove go around. There will be rumors left and right, around the clock, between now and Spring Training, and even they don’t end. The Rumor Mill is the newest purveyor of juicy rumors at MLBlogs, a convenient repository for right or wrong, hits and misses. Although there is no real identity attached to that blog, there is a Spheroid, and we thank that MLBlogger for replying to these questions:
I love sports. Specifically baseball, but really I just love sports in general. I also enjoy writing, so blogging seems to be a pretty natural extension of those two hobbies. Plus, I’m always digging around the Net for the latest rumor anyway, so why not post what I find?
What was your favorite post?
Strangest blogging experience?
I’ve had a couple of controversial sports blogs before joining up here at MLBlogs. My football blog firemartz.com ended getting me interviewed when Mike Martz did indeed get fired, and my fanforhire.com blog brought in an amazing amount of hate mail from both Cubs fans and Cardinals fans alike. I try to keep it pretty low key here.
Favorite blogs, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere:
Which Spheroid did you copy these questions from?
What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Probably talking my Dad’s ear off. We talk baseball quite a bit but I always end up talking more than he does. So now instead of running up the phone bill, I just blog and make sure he reads it.
Where is the Blogosphere going?
I think it’s become the newest form of media. The quickest way to get news out there is for bloggers to pick it up and run with it. I think quality writers now have a better chance of making a name for themselves and developing "fans", if you will. I think secretly, every MLBlogger (is that we are called?) secretly wants to be a sportswriter and who knows, maybe some will.
The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. I grew up just outside of St. Louis and was raised a Cardinals fan. Scott Terry handed me a ball at my first game (I was too young to remember but have been told the story a hundred times) and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I recently got married. Its been amazing and has led to some hilarious fights that I write about at skitzzo.com (Yes, I know I have too many blogs. And yes, I’m seeking treatment.)
The Cardinals finally winning a World Series title in my lifetime (hey, I’m a young-un). I was at Game 4 of the 2004 World Series and, while it was awesome to see history being made and the Red Sox fans finally getting to celebrate, it feels a lot better to be on this side of it. GO CARDS!