It might not yet have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NBA and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom s Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NBA team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they re out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Memphis Grizzlies.
That bear in the team logo looks mighty pissed off — and you would be too, if your franchise had never won a darned thing since its inception in 1995. That includes when it was the Vancouver Grizzlies — the first NBA team, along with the Toronto Raptors, to play in Canada since the Toronto Huskies in 1947. Bet you didn't know, by the way, that on the original franchise application to the NBA, the team name was listed as the Vancouver Mounties. That would have been so sweet. But the Canadian goverment, killjoys that they are, nixed the deal, claiming that the name was copyrighted. Of course that never stopped that stupid Dudley Dooright movie with Brendan Frasier. So today we could have been watching the Memphis Mounties. And that would have been cool. Oh, another reason the logo bear is peeved — there's only one Grizzlies blog out there. Come on, people!
1. On the Grizzlies. This claims to be "one man's obsession" by a "rabid Grizzlies fan." But the rabies seem to have been cured sometime over the summer, when posting became infrequent.