The crack editors at Perk is a Beast demonstrate in three parts why sports blogs are carving out a huge chunk of the sports media universe.
Their three-part interview with Perk himself is a revelation. They got access. They got pictures. They teased out the personality of a professional athlete with good humor and basketball-savvy questions.
And because of the nature of the blog, they were able to bring us the raw feed, grammatical errors and everything. If this had been a Perk profile at the Globe or Herald, it would have been distilled into an 800-word formulaic column, with three Perk quotes and a lot of the writer’s interpretation thrown in. The lede would have been something like this:
Kendrick Perkins rises from the leather recliner in front of his locker at the Celtics training facility and faces into his locker with UGK blaring from his iPod.
It’s hard to see around him. Perkins knows the value of a good block.
“It’s just all timing. But you know in the NBA it’s hard to block shots because everybody’s so talented. You know guards work on stuff so you can’t block their shots. You know what I’m saying?”
And on and on and on…