What To Bring and What Not To Bring To The Bleacher Report

ThomasSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2008

I don't know if it's just me, but I've noticed strange things here on the BR. The thing I've noticed the most is the fact that some people aren't here for sports. Which is strange because this is an open-source sports network. Am I not right?

So as a reminder for all of us here on the BR and a shout out to all newcomers here, I've come up with a list of things to bring and a list of things not to bring here on the BR.

What Not To Bring

Stupidity: This is just common sense people. Don't be stupid.

Religious articles and comments: I'll come out and say it, I'm a very religious guy. In fact, my dad is a preacher (or minister or whatever you call him). However, there's a place and time for everything. The BR is not the place for religious articles or comments relating to religion.

Racism: I'm surprised at how much racism I've seen here. For some reason, people just happen to talk about race. I think racism is the worst thing in the world. It degrades people. So please, no racists here.

Political articles and comments: Ok, we all know that a potential vice-president was a former sports announcer. Who really cares though? Give me a break. I've seen many articles and comments mixing politics with sports. This is a sports network not a political network. That's what CNN is for. Just go there and click iReport and be happy.

Articles in foreign languages: I know what you're thinking, "People write in different languages here?" The answer is yes. I've seen articles here in Chinese, German, and French. People please keep it all in English until the guys in charge create a BR in some other language (hint). I don't care if you use it in comments or notes but not in articles.

Vulgar articles: I know I may be getting picky, but let's keep it at least PG here. There are people here as young as nine and I don't think they're parents appreciate them learning how to cuss from the Internet. I guess it's okay to let a couple slip out once in a while, but let's not have a sailor's mouth here. Am I going too far to say that?

Plagiarism: Guys, I've seen people take articles right off other sites and post it here as their own; or take an article already here on the BR and rewrite it exactly as your own. You do realize that plagiarism is a felony punishable by prison?

If you must post an article from a different site, please tell people where you got it from. I've done that a couple times when I'm in a hurry to do something. Provide a link to the original piece. However, it's best for you to just write your own articles.

All other articles that don't have to deal with sports: This is plain and simple. Keep all articles to sports. No blogs about what you had for breakfast; no articles on why you hate your friends; just sports.

What To Bring

Love of sports: If you don't love sports, don't even come here. For those of you who do love sports, this is the place to be.

Love of writing: You don't have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to write. Anyone can write. That's the whole point here on the BR. Regular people, like me, can write about sports and people won't care if it's not the next Wall Street Journal.

Creativity: Sure you can just write boring old factual articles, but that's not fun. Put your own touch on it. Be creative.

An open mind: No doubt everyone here has found an article blasting your favorite team, player, or coach. Don't get offended. It's just someone's opinion. Just ignore it if you must and move on.

Or you can do as I've done and write an article responding to that article you found. However, I don't always recommend that as it could possibly lead to a World War III here.

Plenty of time: Most people who come here get immediately hooked. If you come here, be ready to spend at least an hour here. Come with plenty of time to do what you want to do. At least until the guys in charge come up with a site for cell phones and PDAs (another hint).

A good sense of humor: Some of the best articles here on the BR are humor pieces. Humor is medicine for the soul. A good laugh does everyone good. It can lift people up who are down and brighten people's day. Be ready to laugh once in a while here on the BR.

Other items necessary: As I said before, this place is addicting. You could end up spending a lot of time here. I recommend you bring things with you to the computer so you don't end up as a zombie. That means bringing food and drink for when you're thirsty and hungry; a blanket for when you get cold; and a pillow so you can fall asleep in your chair.

That's all folks. If you have anything else that should be included on the list just let me know. And let's continue to make the Bleacher Report the best sports site around.