Preseason 2009 FSU Website Rankings
Posted by William Kristoph
Since everyone and their mother is doing their player of the year posts in the dead period that is known as July, I thought it was time to bring out the ScalpEm.com Preseason FSU Website Rankings. If you need a reference point check the 2008 season rankings,Â in January’s post, where Andrew Carter lead the way followed by Nolesports.com and those boys over at Tomahawk Nation. For these rankings, I don’t have a ton to say about some sites, since there’s been little to no change.
NoleDigest.com – As usual, the Scout, Inc. website is my lowest rated website for FSU. It’s always been ugly, to the point that I can’t tell if it has good information or bad. Hell, it might be the most informative FSU website ever, but because of the design at Scout, I’ll never know because I can’t wait to leave that site and head to another.
Nole Insider – Another one of the sites that are “premium” content. The user interface / layout isn’t as bad as NoleDigest in my opinion, but there are too many articles that are “premium” and quite frankly I can get all of my info for free, elsewhere. Why would I pay for it at Nole Insider, ESPN affiliation or not.
Fear The Spear – (New entry) Seminole Productions has a nifty looking website out there called Fear The Spear. Here’s the thing, I WANT to love this website. It has the slickest look out there by far. It’s media-rich, with virtual tours of the locker room, video and audio of the team and countless bits of information that fans love to read. But, and here’s the big BUT, I think they got a little over ambitious in the design. I’m sure it runs wonderfully on a local network, but over the internet this is Web 2.0 gone awry. Whether I load the site in Chrome, Firefox or IE, and wherever I load it, I have to watch progress bars as the site loads, and then suffer through loading menus, etc. Design is big to me, since I like my info up front, and in full view, and I just can’t get that yet at Fear The Spear.
Garnet And Great – G&G only ranks down here because it is a niche site that doesn’t update as often as the rest ahead of it. Rich Halten runs interesting pieces, and it’s still one of my favorite FSU sites on the Internet.
Seminoles.com – The official site of Florida State. Over the years Seminoles.com continues to improve, and it has information on every FSU sport. I was a bit disappointed in this past year’s softball coverage, but I’m probably one of the few that pays attention to that too. On the major sports, Seminoles.com continues to do a pretty timely job of getting the official word out to the masses.
Warchant.com – The most popular, the biggest community and slowly becoming more irrelevant every day. Rivals thrives on “premium” recruiting information. I’m not a fan of recruiting news, but there are many fans out there that live and die by it. Other websites are catching on, and provided much of the “premium” information for free. I have a feeling that the entire Rivals network will have to figure out something soon, or they’ll be blindside by the fact that they’ve hemmoraged readers. Either way, Warchant is what it is, the behemoth and the always on Garnet-Colored glasses reporting. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you, I suppose.
ChantRant – ChantRant moves up over Warchant for this review. Why? Less Bowden bashing, more interesting articles. Sure there is some poking fun still, but lately Rich has brought some strong articles to the table that are FSU related, but not necessarily about FSU. Like, don’t look now Seminole fans, but Jacksonville State has a QB you might be interested in…
Nolefans.com – I continue to thank the guys that do the stats. Everything you need is there!
NoleSports.com (Tallahassee Democrat) – It’s been solid, and it’s better than a lot of other sites out there, but I always feel like what I read at the Democrat I could read anywhere else. I don’t mean that to be a knock, because the articles are well written, and occasionally surprising, but overall by the time I read about the games in the Democrat, I’ve already read about them elsewhere.
Chopping Block (Orlando Sentinel) – Here’s the deal, I liked the Chopping Block more when Andrew Carter was doing it alone. At times other writers contribute, and so far I’ve read nothing compelling from them. Maybe the “newness” of the blog fell off for me, or maybe it will pick back up once football season starts. For now, the Chopping Block falls back to #2.
And your current champion…
Tomahawk Nation â€“ As much bitching as I do about TN, it’s because I see the potential over there for great things. They’ll hammer you with stats, they’ll hammer you with insight and they always have well thought out posts. Even better for a lot of fans, is the recruiting information they put out for free. I’ve ranked them ahead of Chopping Block because of the passion behind the blog, and the improvements they continue to make over there, even though they are at the mercy of the SB Nation website template. Now just lay of the unfunny attempts at humor (keep the funny ones) and don’t do too many out-of-character things (see: reviews, keychain) and you might just be the champ for a while. Wear the belt proudly gentlemen, your title defense begins now.
Others not mentioned:
I’m sure there are others out there, and one specifically that gets mentioned but is disqualified for causing problems here at ScalpEm. If I’ve left anybody out, let me know and I’ll include them in the next ranking, but remember that they are FSU specific sites, not just ACC or NCAA sites!
Well you know, I’m always #1 in my heart. ;-) If you have ideas for ScalpEm though, or things you’d like to see, by all means include them in the comments on this post or email me. I’m always up for some constructive criticism, or ideas for improvement.
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