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Stuff I Like: part one

In an effort to counteract the anger and vitriol I’ve been spitting out lately, I’ve decided to try and make one post a day about something I like. Whenever I visit FightOpinion or listen to their podcasts, I always wonder “Does Zach Arnold even like anything???” I’ve never heard him say anything positive about anything, not even puppies or rainbows or sunshine. The last thing I want to become is a cranky Zach-like individual because I hear that’s step one of the transformation into a full blown windbag like Eddie Goldman.

So for today’s ‘Stuff I like’, I wanted to point out the work of one Michael Rome who writes for BloodyElbow. To be honest, I fucking hate it when blogs become ‘collective’ blogs … MMA blogs in particular are bland enough as it is without there being half a dozen writers on board with equally banal opinions. But Michael is one of a kind: a writer who was added to a site that’s actually BETTER than the original writer.

And that’s not putting Luke Thomas down … it’s just that Michael is that damn good. Check out some of his recent stuff:

Anyways, the things that make Rome stand out is his coherent writing style, good ideas, and strong opinions. He’s willing to speculate and speak his mind. Most bloggers just regurgitate the facts and say “That’s good” or “That’s bad”. Rome always backs his opinions up with solid logic that’s hard to argue against. He fits into the Bloody Elbow site well, and is definitely the best writer on the site right now.

Tune in tomorrow as I deepthroat another random kielbasa on this magical journey known as ‘Stuff I like’.

14 COMMENTS
  • johnny says:

    Zach is, to put in Kind words, a “smart mark”

    smart marks are to MMA/wrestling what movie critics are to films

    Most (if not all) movie critics are just bitter screenwriters/directors who never made it so they’re only satisfaction comes from telling other people that they’re film is rubbish

    However, I don’t think zach is as bad as the rest as the rest of the MMA blog community especially that sam caplan

    I fucking hate sam caplan.

    he is like the “B. Brian Blair” to my “The Iron Sheik”

  • Big D D says:

    #1 troll alert!
    so far so good but don’t lose your edge Ryan!

  • johnny says:

    #2
    offended smart mark alert

  • Lifer says:

    someone has a blog-o-sphere-man-crush!! OOOOH!

  • johnny says:

    most gay men have a man crush for sam cuz his head looks like a huge penis

  • vess says:

    It’s not just Zach but also 90% of the bloggers who post there who are overwhelmingly negative. Its like a negativity circle jerk over there. At least when you criticize, you do it in a humourous manner.

    I donated to Zach’s website, can I get my money back.

  • Mike says:

    I have to correct you. There is one thing Zach Arnold likes and constantly gives praise to.

    Himself.

    And to use the wrestling analogy, the IWC (internet wrestling community) popped up when wrestling was huge in the late 90s. It was a bunch of wrestling writers thinking it was cool if other wrestling writers knew who they were. So to see it happening again with MMA is hilarious because they have no idea. You’ve got half the comments at 5oz being from other MMA writers, you have all of the blogs writing about other blogs and their owners. Most people just want their news.

  • ilostmydog says:

    Mike’s got it right. Zach loves to tell people when he gets things right.

    And Trembow. I fucking can’t stand Ivan Trembow. He’s like a little rat who spends his days looking for negative things about Zuffa. Whenever there’s a post at FO that could at all be interpreted as negative about Zuffa, you know Ivan is going to be making the first or second comment there. Dude is obsessed.

  • Xavier says:

    “And to use the wrestling analogy, the IWC (internet wrestling community) popped up when wrestling was huge in the late 90s. It was a bunch of wrestling writers thinking it was cool if other wrestling writers knew who they were. So to see it happening again with MMA is hilarious because they have no idea. You’ve got half the comments at 5oz being from other MMA writers, you have all of the blogs writing about other blogs and their owners. Most people just want their news.”

    So, so true.

  • RoB says:

    Hey Kid Nate, mike rome is better than you! cant argue with the facts.

  • pauli says:

    fightlinker without vitriol is like randy without money. i mean respect. i mean money.

    look, what i’m trying to say is… keep up the anger and vitriol. and talk to dana.

  • twankydawg says:

    Good addition to the site, we’ll see how long your days of being a keilbasa jockey last…..haha!

  • Kid Nate says:

    I’ll warn Michael not to be lulled into dropping his guard by your sweet talk.

  • Sheldon says:

    I was shocked when Zach Arnold was actually praising the Huerta/Guida fight. He seemed to really like it.

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