This is the place to celebrate excellence in our SB Nation network. Every two weeks we bring the best of the best right here so you, our readership, knows what we look for in our network. We started by featuring our first four last time.
So without further ado, here are this week's featured blogs.
Chris Pokorny covers a team that has done very little winning in recent years -- the Cleveland Browns at his site Dawgs by Nature. The team made a huge decision last week to trade former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson. This was a very, very big deal in the Browns community, and something that caused a lot of anger among the fans. DBN did an excellent job of staying in front of this and breaking the trade down from all angles, both the positive and negative. Chris did a nice job of being able to keep his head up and look at the big picture despite all the craziness going on in his comments section. This is excellent "deadline work" from Chris that he put up only a couple hours after the trade went down.
Dirk Hoag has been putting together his phenomenal "NHL Super Schedule" once per year for ... well, since before he was at SB Nation, so it's been a while. But it wasn't until this year that the hard work he puts in each year earned the blog a name drop on national television for his Nashville Predators On the Forecheck site. The Super Schedule calculates overall mileage for each NHL team and a number of other stats that can only be found on Dirk's site each year, and an NHL Network broadcast crew found it valuable enough to cite in front of a national TV audience last week. The Super Schedule is just one reason Dirk and the whole OTF crew deserve recognition, as they consistently cover the Nashville Predators better than anybody else in the world, be it in-depth roster analysis or full coverage of Mike Fisher's wife, Carrie Underwood.
If SB Nation were to put together a "Best Of" compilation, there's no question which post would lead off the section of satirical posts: Texas blog Barking Carnival's Onion-worthy "Mack Brown Apologizes for 66-17 loss to OU Next Month." No doubt the more than 31,000 people who shared the post via Facebook would agree. If Mack Brown could coach as well as the uber-talented crew at Barking Carnival can write, the Texas Longhorns would win the national championship every single year. Because when Barking Carnival writes, people read. And we're damn proud they do so at SB Nation.
Our Toronto FC Waking the Red has been the breakout blog in MLS this season, having their three best months in their history in each of the past three months. Duncan Fletcher and his crew have accomplished this through a combination of covering the hell out of news items -- and they've had quite a few -- as well as providing quality in-depth articles such as this one by Dave Rowaan about the effect possession has on winning soccer matches.
That's it. Please join me in saying congratulations to all the blogs and bloggers mentioned above. Great work!