Inaugural ALDLAND Podcast

So you are sitting there, on your couch (or perhaps chair), unfulfilled. Don’t pretend like it’s not true. And you’re thinking to yourself, my life could be a whole heck of a lot better if ALDLAND started doing weekly (bi-weekly?) podcasts. Well start listening to the beginning of your new life. This week, new contributor Chris Cunico drops by to discuss European soccer and the beginning of the MLB season. Listen, weep with joy, and begin eagerly awaiting the next in what is hopefully a long line of ALDLAND podcasts.

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Who are we?

After more than two months and aboutover 2,000 hits, it seemed like time to introduce ourselves. Navigate over to the Contributors page to find out who’s been writing this muckety muck. (Clicking on the pictures will take you to all of that person’s posts.)

If you’re interested in writing here, send us an email: aldland[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com.

Welcoming ALDLAND’s newest writer, Magalan

I am glad to welcome new writer Magalan to the site. Check out the first post from this “SEC man” on Texas A&M’s flirtation with decamping from the depleted, Longhorn Network-burdened Big 12 for the neighboring SEC, a topic so hot, Texas Governor (and A&M alum) Rick Perry even weighed in on it yesterday.
Eagerly Anticipating the LSU/A&M Rivalry

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Is Cooperstown Y2K12 Compatible? Yesterday, voters inducted two former players, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, into the Baseball Hall of Fame. While the primary subtext to the story about the 2011 class has been the low number of votes players tied to steroids– including Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro– received and the implication that players associated with performance-enhancing substances might never make it into the Hall of Fame, ESPN’s Rob Nayer is looking ahead to 2 … Read More

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First Run

There’s nothing like a serious undertaking to motivate unserious writing, and so ALDLAND was born. This site will be secondary to my more serious project and tertiary to my meta-/-emotional project, and I will aim to offer shorter, lighter commentary, primarily on sports and other popular culture and media.

Over the last few years, sports have become a more frequent diversion from my more serious and professional pursuits, using all of those adjectives loosely. If I had been more committed, I probably would’ve picked historically (or potentially prospectively) successful teams as my favorites. Luckily, friendships have allowed me to personally observe fans of the successful.

Not owning a TV, pop culture– by this, I of course mean reality television– is even less known to me, but as with sports, I have committed friends who keep me in the loop about the realest shows.

I’m hoping this can be casual and fun. Norm Macdonald is more of a sportswriter than I am, even if his new sports show got cancelled, (pop culture reference), and I am (fortunately) employed in a field for which I trained and that is not sports writing. Some combination of the things mentioned in this paragraph and things not mentioned in this paragraph led to me taking in much more sports coverage than actual sports viewing (did I mention I don’t have a TV?) over the last few years, so the derivative posture is a comfortable one.

It would be nice to develop this into a multi-author platform (polyphonic spree?). Signal me if you’d like to participate.

This post likely will self destruct in a week or two or just get moved somewhere else. And if I could get rid of these orange hyperlinks, I’d call that a good start.