Is it just me, or is it time to bring the Blog Bowl back?
Now that the blog is back, it's time for the Blog Bowl to be back.
The Blog Bowl, you say? Oh, you newbies.
Back in 2007, before staff writer Matt Baker was even born, the first Blog Bowl featured Indian Rocks Christian against Northside Christian. The Golden Eagles won that one, and we awarded Jonny Sitton MVP honors and the Blog Bowl trophy -- a broken laptop decorated by artiste Joey Knight.
In 2008, Jimbo Chmelik and Dorrance Roberts led Countryside over Dunedin. They got limited edition Friday Night Rewind tee-shirts. You can watch that here:
Back then, the blog was generating some serious heat over these games. So we took that and ran with it, creating games around the interest. Since it was the most talked about game, we ran a boatload of blog items during the week, special interviews, video previews, guest posts and appearances and game breakdowns.
To cap it off, the game led off the award-winning Friday Night Rewind, and featured a MVP presentation afterwards.
Was it overkill? Yes. Yes it was. But the teams loved it, and it made for more great debate.
Unfortunately, the old blog was run aground by anonymous commentors, so we've regrouped. This is our new, shiny, cooler blog.
And Blog Bowl III is coming back, in high-definition. And since some of the best games are some of the earliest games, it's time to get this party started.
Here's my list of games I expect to be the MOST talked about from now until they are played:
1. Clearwater Central Catholic vs. East Lake
2. East Lake vs. Countryside
3. Admiral Farragut vs. Carrollwood Day
4. Plant vs. Jesuit
5. East Lake vs. Tarpon Springs
So if you're interested, get involved, start talking. Leave comments, hit us up on Twitter (@JohnnyHometeam or @JoeyHometeam), send an email, fly a plane with a banner over our offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg. We'll post a number of reminders to get everyone thinking. And then we'll pick the game, and it will be, hands down, the greatest Blog Bowl ever.