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One of the largest honors that we have been blessed with is an opportunity to have one of our Bloggers write up a 100 word preview of the Jets game that will be posted on the NY Times NFL Blog.

It has taken two years to get to this point, but, when I get emails from such media stalwarts as the NY Times, it makes all of the hours worth it.

So, here is the e-mail:

My name is John Woods. I am one of the editors who collaborate on The New
York Times
’s N.F.L. blog, The Fifth Down.


I am writing you because I have observed that your blog is well-written,
consistently updated and not at all unpopular. I have hit upon a thoroughly
unoriginal idea for some original content for our blog, and I was hoping
that you would participate.


What I have in mind is a professional exchange of sorts for the Jets game. What I propose is for you (and however many of your blogging
cronies want to play along) to analyze the game in about 100 words or less,
and then pick the score.


For my idea, you’d start first with a sentence or two that introduced
yourself, and your blog. Just as a means of promoting yourself and your
blog. Then you write 100 words about the game. Most ask a question and then
answer it, but you can do whatever you want. When you are done, you pick a
score for the game. And call it good. O.K.?


Your introductory stuff and your prediction do not count against your word
count. And, to be honest, just get close to 100 words. I am not going to
trim you to fit; 110 would be fine, 150 would not. I have included links to
examples of what we have already done.
http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/100-words-jets-at-dolphins/
http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/100-words-redskins-at-giants/

 

Now what I will do is post a thread in the Fanposts section of our site on Monday Morning of next week.

I encourage all of you, regulars and lurkers, to write your best piece and then the Blog will vote for the one that we think is best suited to represent S&BP, along with me.

You can vote by simply recommending the post that you think is best.

I hope that you are as excited as I am!!!

Cheers,

Saint

PS: There may be a part two to this test, but John and I are still discussing it.