It’s awards season so BiE has put together a special blog post outlining its case to win two trophies at this year’s Blog Awards Ireland
Greetings and salutations everybody. Right, where to start. Well this post is really for those new folk coming here wanting to see what we are all about while they judge us but we want to keep it interesting for our regular BiE fans so we’re going to include some forward looking statements around the content we are doing. That’s not so much that we want to be judged on stuff we haven’t done yet more that people who come here to judge this will likely be visiting this page AFTER we have done loads of what we are about to say we are doing so we want them to go look around the site and see that we back up what we say.
Links are scattered liberally. Click on them please.
First off, BiE is up for the Best Sports award and our regular readers will know exactly why. We have led the debate on the FIBA vs Euroleague civil war with our not one, not two, not three, but four part long-form series. Thing is, it’s not four because part five is on the way in early July as we look at why the D-League’s inaction is the best thing happening to Europe right now.
There is also our regular coverage of the most important clubs and players. Our profiles of the biggest names in the context of vital games will continue this summer. We looked at how Diamantidis went down fighting, we watched the band play on for Bourousis, we were there for Darius Miller’s coming out party, and we lived through the night that Pau Gasol reminded us what heroism looked like. With the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and, indeed, the Olympics themselves to come we will bring you more in depth looks at the players who are defining the game on this continent.
Not to forget our commitment to covering Euroleague, national leagues, and international basketball in the way that only we can. With the hottest prospect to come out of Ireland in decades making statement performances at, of all things, the European 3×3 qualifiers and the Celtics drafting half the continent, there’s a lot to get through on BiE over the summer. Add in the national youth tournaments being in full swing and the cultural shift with the new era in Euroleague, and there’s a lot for use to get through.
Fortunately, the work we are doing for our entry for Best Vlog (yes I know the URL looks wrong but the link seems right) shows we are more than up to the challenge. Having watched him come so close in Milano in 2014 and then Madrid in 2015, we were there every step of the way with Aaron Jackson of CSKA Moscow this year as he went on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey to become a Euroleague champion in Berlin. We were there to get you hyped for the FIBA Europe Cup and Irish Cup final. We we there to hear Darius Hargrove’s story with our buddies at Sub Panou and we were there from Dirk in Berlin to Zaza’s tears to the French fans serenading their heroes to La Roja reclaiming the throne at EuroBasket.
And we’re going further. BallinEurope launched The Creatively Titled Basketball Show in June of 2016 and those opening two episodes are going to be followed up by interviews with some of the most interesting minds in basketball across the summer and then into the autumn as the season begins again.