Posted on May 8, 2008 by Presidents Race Fan
Blogger Chris Needham has has hung up his keyboard after almost 4 years at the helm of Capitol Punishment. Chris’s blog was required daily reading by every Nationals blogger, beat writer, and team executive (not necessarily in that order).
This is going to really sink in the next time Jimbo pulls the trigger on a trade, when the rest of us will be flailing around looking for thoughtful, well-researched analysis.
Chris, I raise a Hard Times chili nacho in your honor. You were great reading — a valuable and informed alternate perspective that will sorely be missed.
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Posted on April 18, 2008 by Presidents Race Fan
Today Marc Fisher at the Washington Post offers a very nice nod to the Nationals blog community, and recognizes Chris Needham of Capitol Punishment as Blogger of the Month.
That and $3.99 might get Chris a grande iced caramel macchiatto at the Alexandria Starbucks, but the point is that I am proud to be among the newest members of one of the best blogging community in baseball, and Chris deserves being recognized as the king of the pack.
Capitol Punishment is among the first things I read every day, and my conversations with other prominent Nationals bloggers confirms that it’s the same for them as well. As Fisher points out…
Capitol Punishment is what works on the web: A strong, attractive personality backed up by a clear devotion to accuracy and good storytelling, with a good dose of humor and a real interest in creating and maintaining a community.
Being so new it was nice to have LetTeddyWin.com singled out as well, despite being labeled as “remarkably obsessive,” but hey… that’s what the internet is about. In fact, for the ultimate in remarkable obsessions, check out StrikeTwo.net, which has built an automated algorithm to rank baseball blogs based on things such as frequency of posts and the number of times they are linked to from the home pages of other blogs!
As you can see, Chris takes the prize among Nationals bloggers, but just as impressive is the overall showing of the Natosphere. The Washington Nationals fan blogs rank only behind the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox, and are pretty close to the Cubs in terms of the proliferation and following by blogs and their readers.
For a losing team with only a 3 year history, that’s pretty impressive. Now if we could just win a few games and fill up that ball park on South Capitol street, we’d really have something to write about.
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