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Phinsider wins "BOB Award" as best sports blog in South Florida

The Sun-Sentinel finally revealed the winners of the "Best of Blogs" Awards on Wednesday night. The idea behind these awards - other than to generate traffic for the paper's web site - was to identify the best blogs in South Florida through voting on their site.

The Phinsider won the award for best sports blog in South Florida! So congratulations to all of us in this community for bringing home the award. While it was obviously a popularity contest more than anything, it's always nice to be recognized. There were some other very worthy sports blogs up for the award. So it's an honor to win this thing.

Unfortunately, we did not win the "best overall blog" category. We were in it until the end but ended up in the top three. The winner was Photography is Not a Crime. His blog personally isn't my cup of tea. After all, the whole idea of his site was to highlight his court battle when he was arrested for taking photos of police offers just for the hell of it. The cops, obviously, were not very happy. From there, his blog morphed into some first amendment blog defending photographers across the world.

For the record, the blogger obviously didn't learn his lesson the first time. He got arrested a second time for the same thing - taking photos of the police against their wishes. Can you get more self-righteous than that?

[On a personal note, if some dude was taking pictures of me for no apparent reason, I'd be pissed, too. And if I asked the guy to stop and he continued, you better believe there would be issues. Who the hell wants strangers taking pictures of them? Me thinks this guy has too much time on his hands.]

The blogger also asks for donations on his page to fund his legal defense - which is rather ridiculous if you ask me. But I won't get into that. His arrogance and self-righteousness is evident all over his site - especially in this post where he mocks our community and our team a little bit more.

But the joke is on him. As you can see below based on these stats provided by an impartial web traffic site, we have more readers here in one week than he does in a year (and that's a modest estimate, too). And I'll take our very active and wide-reaching community over his 12 comments per day (and that's on the high side) any day of the week.

And now that this voting is out of the way, we can get down to real business. Free agency begins in just over 24 hours! Hell yeah!