For three short, glorious days, the Deadspin crew was at it again.
Friday, Tom Ley announced the launch of Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog dot com, which would run for three days only.
Like the old ship its crew manned before it, UTSB did not stick to sports; boasting an astonishing 64 posts over three days, UTSB’s library included comedic gems like Drew Magary’s bizzare brag about catching dog poop with his hand, an Albert Burneko piece titled Climate Change is the Enemy of Chicken Stock, a Dave McKenna story about the time Dave had his dignity destroyed by Sam Kinison, and Barry Petchesky being very, very wrong.
The Three Day Circus
UTSB was spawned when Joel Johnson – Dashlane’s head of communications, and Gawker alumni – approached Tom Ley, Deadspin alumni, with an offer he couldn’t refuse: Tom and the gang could write whatever they wanted, and Dashlane would underwrite the event.
Unlike [cough] Baby Nut [cough], UTSB was not a reinvention or relaunch; it was a showcase for some of the best MSPaint art and articles ever produced by sports writers.
It also featured some journalisming, too, from surprise guest contributor Diane Moskovitz.
The Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog went into archive mode Sunday, shortly after the big sporps game completed, with a short farewell letter from the site’s operator, one Tom Ley:
Thank you for supporting Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog. We hope you enjoyed the last three days as much as we did. The blogs will remain here for your reading pleasure, but we will be returning to relative obscurity.
If you’d like to keep up with our individual freelance work, just follow this Twitter account.Tom Ley, “Goodbye From Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog”, 2 February 2020
Remembering Some Good Blogs
Kelsey McKinney preaches the good truth.
Luis Paez-Pumar, the fresh prince of digital prose profiles Roberto Firmino. Art by Chris Thompson.
Christ Thompson clocks in, to tell everyone exhaustively that Isaiah Thomas is butt.
OK, look, this piece by Drew Magary was too good to not include. Art by Chris Thompson @ UTSB.
Diane Moskovitz brings the serious journalismism to bear in a thoroughly documented post.