So here it is. This is what millions (or tens, whatever) of fans have been waiting for. The official launch of Daily Thunder.com.
So what is it? ESPN? The Worldwide Leader? Can you introduce me to Sage Steele? Well, it’s simple: A few months ago I got a very surprising call and an offer to join Henry Abbott’s TrueHoop Network. And after I cleaned up the mess I just made on the floor, I of course said, ” YESYESYESYESYES.” Basically, Daily Thunder is hopefully going to be one of your media outlets to help you follow your favorite basketball team and ESPN and TrueHoop make it that much better. (Read Henry’s story on the release of the network. He’s got some brilliant thoughts on sports and blogging in there. Henry is just plain awesome.)
Also, this is going to be a bit of a tag team deal. I absolutely love the statistical analysis of Joe from Thunderguru.com. I understand some of the modern stats, but for the most part I’m just like the guy that pretends to have seen a commercial when he really hasn’t and the whole time you’re trying to talk about it, he’s just nodding and going, “Yeah. Ha! I love that part. Yeah.” That’s me with New Hoop Stats. But Joe is an expert. And he talks in statistics so you better learn yourself on Modern Stats if you want to follow along. And I highly advise that you do because it’s an amazing way to look into the game and gives you so much more insight and information about why your team is doing this, but not doing that. We got the offer to go into a Thunder blog collectively at a big fan blog outfit, but after I got the call from the Blogfather, I couldn’t say no. And I liked the idea of teaming up with Joe so much that I thought, why not combine up anyway and make a Thunder blog that Robert Swift can be proud of.
One thing that I think is extremely cool is the imbedded ESPN video player over on the right. It updates constantly with new highlights and new videos, so if you want to catch highlights from last night’s game, you can come here and get all the Thunder you can handle in one stop.
Joe and I will being doing podcasts (hopefully) on a regular basis talking about trades, the upcoming draft, the team’s better play and last week’s Gossip Girl. I love podcasting with Joe because he’s smarter than me and most the time I just end up listening and learning something new. I’ve been an NBA fan for years – I mean what kid wasn’t when No. 23 glided into every living room. But being an Oklahoma kid, I’ve never really had the chance to follow an NBA club. That’s why it’s good to have Joe around. He’s the Earl Watson to my Russell Westbrook. Uh, bad comparison – sorry Joe.
One thing Joe and I highly encourage is fan input and wild, biased opinions being tossed about like MSNBC on crack. If you notice something about Joe Smith’s socks and you write 500 words about it, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if it’s good, we’ll post it as its own story. If you find an interesting story on the Internets and think we should see it, hit us up. Or if you just want to email us and tell me how sexy my voice sounds, go for it.
Anyway, take a swing around the network and check out all the awesome blogs like Forum Blue and Gold, Hardwood Paroxysm, WizzNutzz, Clipperblog, 48 Minutes of Hell and so on and so forth.
Big time thanks to Henry and Kevin Arnovitz (who will be managing the network) for this opportunity. There may be some kinks to work out and right now, everything is kind of a work in progress. But we’re excited about it and we look forward to blogging the Thunder, the only way we know how. Awesomely.