I’m no fool. I know you’ve been seeing other blogs behind my back. Don’t deny it–there’s no need. I’m not angry.
How could I be? In the past year there have been some amazing blogs that sprung up/were rejuvenated/kept doing the amazing stuff they always do, and I would be a useless fellow if I didn’t express my gratitude and love for these wonderful bike polo blogs here.
Something people forget (or just never get around to thinking) is that the more good blogs about bike polo that exist, the more likely the entire sport will find new players/new interest. The association of bike polo journalists (yes, I’m serious, damn it) is an important and often under-appreciated group which supports and amplifies bike polo. So this is me saying thank you, and sharing some of my favorites.
Arch Nemesis 321 POLO!
321 POLO! is, I think, the closest we can get to an arch nemesis to Lancasterpolo.com. They have the same general style of writing, the same (bigger, really) readership, and THEY EVEN STOLE THE BASIC DESIGN OF MY LOGO OKAY I STOLE THE DESIGN FROM THEM NO TAKEYS BACKSEYS
But just because they are my nemesis doesn’t mean I don’t love them. The articles they have are informative and well researched, their product reviews are helpful and oftentimes (hello malletheadz) very entertaining, and they certainly have their horrible, crooked, evil fingers on the pulse of the sport. It’s a damn good site, and we’re lucky to have it.
The Thunder From Down Under: GOALHOLE
GOALHOLE , by comparison, is closer to Lancasterpolo.com’s sister. We have a lovely dovey relationship and at least 400 agreements to get drunk if ever both head editors meet up.
While certainly Australasian focused (and meant to be so), the website just seeps a love for our sport through the page. It’s clear that the people behind it are remarkably interested in their region of the world and the success of the game as much as any of us. They are also relatively new to the web-polo scene, and I fell in love with them right off the bat. Australian polo players are just great to be around, and likewise their website has that same magnetism.
Old-New Kids On The Block: BOSTON BIKE POLO
Boston Bike Polo‘s website existed and then kinda disappeared, but has just recently come back to us in stunning fashion. The past few articles they’ve posted were terrific and entertaining, and I’m expecting quite a bit from the folks behind it.
Point in fact, Charlotte (who was going to become a writer for me) decided to help out with her local club’s blog instead, and while I’m sorry to be losing her, I’m excited that a writer of her caliber will be involved in the effort. If the early signs are any indicator, this blog will become a great resource and work-avoidance device for bike polo players everywhere.
Mr. Do is the name in bike polo videos. Mrdovideo is the site that bears his name. Put it together and you can see why this is a natural choice for a “best of” list.
Mr. Do has allowed for people all over to watch games, re-watch them for strategy, and delight in the clever, funny, and often times heart-pumping recaps of some of the largest tourneys in polo. Mr. Do Video is synonymous with our sport, honestly, and that’s saying something in itself.
Few Posts But Great Stuff: Top Shelf Polo
Top Shelf Polo doesn’t post very often at all–but when it does, the pictures and commentary are pretty wonderful. The most recent post, for instance, went up August, but the pictures it holds make the time between posts more than acceptable.
What I like best about Top Shelf Polo is that this site was one of the first to recognize my little efforts over here, and as such I was looking to there blog as how I could run my own successfully. I sincerely hope that the lack of posts doesn’t show a blog that is shutting down, but rather a blog that knows when to pipe up and when to stay quiet (unlike this one, for instance).
The Eastern European Beauty: Bike Polo Love
Bike Polo Love, based out of (if I remember correctly), Poland, features some stunning pictures, great links to other blogs, and a really great window into what bike polo is like in Europe. I could spend hours flipping through the pictures they have available to view.
Git Yer Polo Vids: 321 KILL
321 KILL, outside of having one of the best looking logos around, is a video aggregation site set up by the folks over at Northern Standard. While the videos aren’t always precisely polo, it gets a lot of videos which may have otherwise been lost to the larger viewership of bike polo players. It’s great to stumble through and find videos of little clubs just starting out learning the sport, tourney footage you didn’t know existed, or even just some favorites from a while ago.
I’m sure there are dozens more that I’m forgetting, but those are the ones that spring to my mind right away. Feel free to post some of your own favorites in the comments section below!