As Buck explained yesterday, TRC has its one year anniversary this Friday, and that milestone has us all in a reflective mood. Buck took the opportunity to list some of my posts from the last year that he enjoyed, so I’m returning the favor today.
But before I get into the Best-of-Buck, it is probably appropriate for me to reflect on his work as a whole. Buck’s posts tend to be more thoughtful than my own, with a breadth of insight that betrays his past as someone who actually played a sport once upon a time. My stuff is more narrow-more focused- as my perspective was honed in the dark corners of my anemic and book-strewn bedroom whilst I cast resentful stares at my cheerleading sisters and footballing brother. My work, in short, comes from a dark place. Buck’s, on the other hand, comes from the wide-open wonderings of an all-around sports fan. He loves it all, and remembers it all, while I have to confess that sometimes I don’t even know what sport he is referencing.
Maybe an example would be a better demonstration: here’s Buck and I arguing one of #5’s past misadventures.
The self-described “conscience of the blog,” Buck introduced us all to Tusings (his Tuesday Sports Musings) and to the occasional Comeuppance Report. He can also be counted on to regularly sport a gently positive outlook vis-a-vis Gamecock Athletics. For this I hate him.
Here’s a sample of Buck’s best stuff:
First Take – The post that started it all. Well, it tried to EXPLAIN it all, anyway.
The Great Internet Message Board Debates – Part 1 – Buck takes on the concept of “Star Ratings.”
The Great Internet Message Board Debates – Part 2 – The series continues, with thoughts on [gasp] uniforms.
The Great Internet Message Board Debates – Part 3 – Is it ever ok to pull for CTU?
Remembering Kenny – Buck said it better than I ever could have – but he really lives up to our tagline here, by saying what everyone was thinking about #11.
Basketball – Where We Need Improvement – These are the posts that would not appear on TRC but for Buck. I’m clueless around a basketball (kinda like Steve Newton – wait, was that a correct reference? I’m not really sure). Our own Gman has the knowledge, but is unfortunately hopeless around a computer.
Cold Blooded: A TRC Endorsement of Gus Johnson – Again, a basketball post, so I sorta glazed over, but Buck does respectfully call for the retirement of Verne Lundquist, so I endorse this endorsement.
Interestingly, the usually genial Buck sometimes stumbles upon controversy (the Great Debates, for example). I think it’s his pleasant outlook coupled with a general naivete. Regardless, he authored what turned out to be TRC’s most controversial post in its young history with The Rules of We.