While Superstorm Sandy pounds at the Northeast the rest of the nation watches on in awe at the destruction, chaos and death wrought, while at the same time wishing those well that stayed to brave the storm.
For us sad sack journalist types that desire for everything to be doubleplusgood once the tempest has abated for our media brethren located there is almost palatable – because like firefighters and EMS crews their job too often is to face disaster on its terms, often without the training or protection afforded those brave men and women.
Sure, it can be funny to watch a newscaster try to keep his balance on a flooded and windswept street in hard-hit Atlantic City, New Jersey, while three stooges make light of the moment – but nobody wants either (even the rather foolish young men) to be part of the quickly amassing body count.
Then there are the others: the freelancers, the mini media moguls, the vloggers and bloggers. So, many of them make the East Coast their home – so many great websites (and unfortunately their servers) are based there including those of the Gawker Media family headquartered in New York City.
Known for instant reaction to the news, scintillating scoops, nerve attitude and snark, currently the whole family of sites: Gawker.com, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Jezebel are down thanks to flooded servers, along with other popular Internet destinations like The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. It is the fellas over at Deadspin, though, that I’m dedicating this post to.
They, along with a staff of freelancers, are to sports what Gawker is to celebrity – a bitter sardonic reflection that softens around the edges and sometimes reverts on itself to reveal the joy and passion for sport and achievement from which it grew. Without Deadspin sports coverage wouldn’t be the same and I would miss them no matter what they might have thought I implied in a short Twitter conversation with a fellow member of the tribe of scribes this morning.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 29, 2012
So here’s to you Deadspin crew. Keep up the good fight, stay dry and I will keep pushing stories out like this in your honor when I can – until your servers are up or something really good comes on television.