Friday, July 13, 2007

Top referers (this week)

I haven't put anything like this together before, but I'll be adding something to the sidebar shortly to recognize all of the top blogs and websites linking in here. Here's the leaders over the past few days:

The lesson? Oilers fans dominate the internet.



At 6:41 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or, like me your a non-Oiler fan but your hockey RSS feeds are Oilers blogs at a 5:1 ratio to non-Oiler blogs because Edmonton has a complete and total monopoly on the extremely intelligent hockey analytical community.

One doesn't need to have any preference for Edmonton to recognize the quality of the Oiler blogs are ridiculously far beyond even the best non-Oiler blogs.

At 8:05 p.m., July 13, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

And the Oilers are by far the most entertaining team in the NHL (and I don't mean on the ice).

At 8:12 p.m., July 13, 2007, Blogger E said...

the oilers blogs are, collectively, vastly superior to those of any other team, with the exception of the capitals blogs, to which they are only moderately superior.

maybe the internet really is a meritocracy?

At 9:47 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous baroque said...

Is a good hockey blog an Edmonton residency requirement? It seems like everyone has one, and they are all very good.

At 10:55 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oddly enough, lots of the Oilers guys don't live in Edmonton. I don't, Chris! and mike w. don't, Pat from BDHS doesn't, RiversQ doesn't, Dennis doesn't, YKOil doesn't...hell, even Lowetide lives in St. Albert. It's bizarre.

The question of why the Oilers have so many good blogs is a good one. I'd be interested in theories.

At 11:05 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous twain said...

A team with fanatical devotees has a pravda press that covers a consisently bad team - thus cultivating a fan culture which had to think for itself or drink the kool-aid. The former group tend to be attracted to the blog culture (where most are educated to hyper-educated), the latter to talk radio, newspapers, etc.

Best I could come up with ;)

I think it has more to do with having a few guys who are thinking neat stuff happening to be Oilers fans, talking to one another in public forums, thus getting other Oiler fans (who listened in on the conversations) interested. Half the attraction on the Oiler blogs is listening to guys like Dennis and Lowetide go back and forth, really.

At 3:03 a.m., July 14, 2007, Blogger The Falconer said...

I was going to make a joke about the weather up there, but then Tyler spoiled it by pointing out they don't actually reside in EDM proper.

Then again, perhaps the cold weather causes the youth of Edmonton to spend more time indoors strengthing their reading, writing and data crunching skills.

At 9:45 a.m., July 14, 2007, Blogger Lowetide said...

I think it's two things: Most of the bloggers were kids when the Oilers romped through the 80s and (just like me with Bobby Orr and the Bruins) the impact of that beauty team had a long lasting impact.

Secondly, the 90s team with Joseph and Marchant scoring on Andy seemed to spark these kids into returning to the game of their youth (after they no doubt spent a significant amount of time smoking reefers, chasing skirts and drinking beer).

Plus they're smart, have a Bill James curiosity they're bringing to the game, and aren't afraid to ask questions.

Plus, Al Gore invented the internet.

At 10:24 a.m., July 14, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

Oiler blogs not only have some of the best writing--they have the most amusing trolls, too.

At 11:01 a.m., July 14, 2007, Blogger E said...

i'm tempted to attribute it to a fortunate accident, probably because i don't want to admit that it's possible that there's a causal connection between oilers fandom and intelligence. but it could be it's just a matter of the established culture working for good rather than evil- one really good blog sets a standard that inspires other people of comparable talent to get into hockey blogging, and there's a kind of chain reaction.

At 1:11 p.m., July 14, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

As a non-Oilers fan, I'm just happy to direct hockey fans to your blog, James. You've done some great work here, particularly your coverage of the Predators sale.

At 5:47 p.m., July 14, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

I think its directly related to sexual prowess - the Oiler blogger generally has multiple sexual partners, all at one time.

And usually they are Norwegians. Or Finns.

They are definitely hot and sexy and uh, babelicious.

At 5:56 p.m., July 14, 2007, Anonymous twain said...

I think the quality of trolls on Oiler blogs (and especially CinO) is easily explained - falmes fans. Battle of Alberta is like a gateway drug for them.

At 1:56 a.m., July 15, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

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At 2:01 a.m., July 15, 2007, Blogger Colby Cosh said...

I can't disclose the real reason here. All I can say is, just rent The Boys From Brazil and connect the dots.

At 10:44 a.m., July 16, 2007, Blogger The Dyce said...

Agreed. Most of my NHL blogs are Oil related.

Could it just be that Oiler fans have more to talk about, as they are constantly having their heads messed with?

At 2:00 p.m., July 16, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

And yet the hockey forum I'm a moderator at ( doesn't have a single Oiler fan regular.

At 2:13 p.m., July 17, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

The Internets may be the only thing the Oilers win this year, but at least we'll have intelligent bitchery to keep us warm during the long, dark season. (Unless, of course, Rob Schremp magically becomes an NHL player overnight and pots 40. That'd be cool.)

At 5:58 p.m., July 19, 2007, Blogger Hockey Amor said...

They might not refer as much to you, but I think the Caps bloggers are quite a presence on the web.


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