Deadspin Editor Position (An email)

Nick,

I’m sure there are better ways to apply for the Deadspin editor position, but since I’m in LA and unable to storm down to Gawker HQ with a resume and a gift basket full of gin and cigars, an email will have to do. (You may not remember – thanks to the plethora of mixed beverages at the event- but I met you a few years ago at the Yahoo-Defamer party at Arianna Huffington’s house, and in no way gave you the impression that I would be a bad employee.)

I have floated around the Gawker Media Empire universe for some time, both as a blogger and a commenter, and wanted to submit some writing samples for your consideration. You will find my posts grouped into four categories; “Deadspin Posts”, “Selections either featured or linked to by Deadspin”, “Selections from Ladies and Black and Gold Tchotchkes”, and “The most controversial piece I’ve written about blogging.”

Currently I am working for [redacted], a music management, record label, publishing, touring, and New Media five-tool. Like everyone who works at an overgrown start-up (albeit one that is almost 25 years old), my job covers everything from accounting, artist relations, human resources, content delivery, business management, and being open to every new idea the owners may have.

If you need any information or would like to discuss the position further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sarah [redacted]
[redacted] cell
[redacted] home

Deadspin Posts –

Cox and Thurman – Average Americans With Disabilities – For Deadspin. An excerpt –

This is yet another instance of the NFL being damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Goodell has made it readily apparent that he is not going to put up with any sort of off-field nonsense and is not going to let the league be accused of coddling players that find themselves in trouble. The flip side being that if these players are truly alcoholics, then they should be allowed to complete treatment and not fear for their livelihoods. (Aren’t there tests or meetings or some sort of Lindsay Lohan scale that can be used?) I have been a tough critic of Goodell this off season, and by keeping his silence on the real reasons behind Cox’s suspension he’s made it a lot harder to defend what must have been a tough decision.

The Deadspin Book Club – A series of round table posts reviewing and discussing the latest in sports literature.

Gagne is French Canadian for “No Longer the Closer” – For Deadspin.

You footie fans who demand posts better be awake Premier League – Early morning live blog for premier league fans. (Cut short by server upgrades.)

Selections either featured or linked to by Deadspin

The Race is On: Which Blog Will Review Will Leitch’s “God Save The Fan” First? – Featured on Deadspin. Cultural Oddsmaker-style post on who would be the first to review God Save The Fan.

Father’s Day Aftershave – TheStarterWife – Featured on Deadspin. Part of a Father’s Day series done for Ladies about how our fathers shaped our love of sports. (Or in my case, poker.)

What To Do on a Bye Week – Linked to by Deadspin.

1 in 8 Ladies Will Develop Breast Cancer in Her Lifetime – Linked to by Deadspin. An excerpt –

The NFL heavily promoted their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, but what did it add up to other than coaches and officials wearing pink ribbons?

One of their highly touted initiatives was the use of the special pink towels by the players in games on October 7. From the press release, “Pink Gatorade Towels: Players will use special-edition pink Gatorade towels on the sidelines during the games. Players will autograph these towels and other pink merchandise, which will be put up for bid on NFL Auction, with proceeds going to breast cancer organizations.”

And this was the picture on NFL Auctions all month –

But where were the items? All month I waited to see what went up. You know what was auctioned off? Two towels. Two. A Peyton Manning signed towel and a Vince Young signed towel.

Two. Towels.

Now, I don’t want to accuse the League of window dressing and lip service, but in researching exactly what each team was doing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (The word “awareness” always infuriates me, who is not “aware” by now?) at least a dozen or so teams mentioned this auction. So what happened? Where are the rest of the items? Isn’t fundraising just as important – if not more so – than making sure all the refs are wearing pink wristbands? I took that screenshot on Monday and yesterday the pink ribbon was taken down. So was it really all a bunch of hype for very little?

Selections from Ladies and Black and Gold Tchotchkes –

An interview with Tiger’s outfielder Curtis Granderson

Friday Football Foodie – Pizza Loaf, Watermelon-Vodka Slushlees, and Garlic Bits – First in a season long series for Ladies, the Friday Football Foodies generated some of the biggest traffic spikes and most links on the site. An excerpt –

The pre-season. Supposedly “meaningless” games are spent trying to impress the coaches, shaking the rust off of the joints, and players doing their goddamn best not to get hurt.

Well do you think you, the football fan, are any different? Are you ready for at least one – if not two – days spent entirely on your sofa? After a summer’s harvest of nothing but the freshest fruits and vegetables are you ready to settle in and allow yourself the unhealthy snack foods that are best enjoyed with copious amounts of booze and yelling? Can you whip-up something besides the number for Domino’s, (GOD HELP ME DO NOT TELL ME YOU ORDER DOMINO’S), that will feed you and your crew?

I doubt it.

DRUNK LADIES! COCKTAILS FOR YOUR TEAM, 2007 – Written for Everyday Should Be Saturday

Where it went wrong – End of 3rd Qtr / Top of the 4th , Losing 31-13 – Post game analysis and frustrations.

TSW – Be Mine – A Valentines Card to the Pittsburgh Pirates

Hit and Run: A funny thing happened on the way to the Coliseum – Example of a “quick links” style post for Ladies.

“Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.” – Thanksgiving “sweetness and light” year in review post.

Dear Hockey – It’s not you, it’s me. – A midseason love letter to hockey.

Dear Danbury Mint – A Charming Display of Steelers Pride? – An examination on how merchandising and marketing can completely miss the mark.

Christmas Ape Was There: Steelers-Cardinals – A travelogue by the “Christmas Ape” to a Steelers game in Phoenix. An excerpt –

Of course it was when Ape was pondering the true value of a signed Alan Faneca jersey, that he missed Mel Blount himself walking by the table. He took too long to grab his camera and was left with nothing but a shot of some Hall of Fame ass.

The most controversial piece I’ve written about blogging – (Aside of the video I made about the KSK Staff.)

Linked to by Deadspin, The Big Lead, SportsbyBrooks, and Kissing Suzy Kolber among others. Below is the letter I sent out leading up to the post, Is there a sports blogging glass ceiling?

Which one of you has been approached by Yahoo blogs, The Sporting Blog, SportsbyBrooks, or even ESPN the Magazine online? (Really, I am not sure the latter ever got off the ground.)

I sort of snapped this morning when I read yet another blogger was joining the SbB crew and all I could think to myself was, “What the fuck? Where is Texas Gal? Where is Sooze? What about HCIC? Jesus fucking Christ I can’t throw a rock without hitting a talented female sports blogger and the same guys are being picked up all over the place. What gives?”

(I realize that SbB might be not be the most desirable spot for a female blogger – depending on her sensibilities – to land, but it is still a high-profile blogging position. That pays.)

If you are on this email list it means that you are among the 20-odd female female sports writers I respect, and cannot believe I haven’t seen any of your names appear yet at any of the sites I mentioned above. Every single one of you runs a site with well-above average page views. What am I missing here? Why don’t I see your names in the bigger bylines? (Deadspin aside, which many of us have contributed to, but none on a regular basis.)

So please tell me at least one of you has been asked and turned it down. (Which is a very real possibility.) Or has been asked, but everything is still top secret and you can at least wink and say, “No, I’ve got nothing going on over at my place. Nope. Nadda. Yoo-hoo? What does chocolate milk have to do with anything? Oh, Yahoo? Never heard of it.”

Anyway, I might try to work my (probably misdirected) anger in a post, so your input would be helpful. If you don’t want to be mentioned because you think such talk takes away from being considered part of the boys club, please let me know.

I’m just a little pissed off today.

sarah, aka TheStarterWife

PS I hope that none of you take this as lobbying for myself to reach a bigger audience. I am one of the least qualified/talented sports bloggers out there, male or female. But as a reader, yes, I want to see more women do well.

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~ by Sarah Sprague on June 11, 2008.

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