They aren't all bad, but I've noticed a disturbing trend in recent months - that being bloggers who work harder to stir up controversy rather than cover the "home" team objectively. It seems to me that bloggers with their own site to promote are playing a game inside the game to generate reaction. Howard Berger for the Leafs is one example.
Most recently, "Howie" posted a blog about Leaf's prospect Nik Kulemin....the unfortunate blog offered very little insight into what to expect, and instead quoted some email forwarded to Howard from an unnamed friend who copied something posted a while back on some hockey discussion. This proved a premise(excuse) to lay once again into Leaf fans for expecting too much from a young player. The bulk of the blog in fact seemed to be a repeat of a regular theme for `Howie` - who regularly paints Leafs fans as dim and deluded. As predicted and played out a hundred times before, he had over 400 comments before you know it. Most simply refuting the premise.
This seems to me to have become a regular little game that offers little to the fans, but gives `Howie` a claim to large readership. You know that a Howard Berger blog is rarely going to offer up any news, but instead will likely contain a slight on Leaf fans that will generate comments.
I try not to read these blogs, and others like it, but every now and then, curiosity and a dearth of options tempts me to click the link.
I think it is time that we start making a conscious effort to stop commenting on these lazy blogs or blogs that really aren`t offering up the fans any sort of respectful reporting. Howard Berger can be a solid reporter - he does good work with his radio job, but when it comes to blogging, his style is completely different. Make no mistake, it takes a smart person to walk this line and pass off this sort of form-letter blog as information - but it is time that intelligent readers recognize when a blogger seeks to take advantage of the system and `play` us for our loyalties.
Maybe some added Team Bloggers in the system for Hockey Buzz would make things more competitive and keep the big names honest.