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March 21, 2006

Bagging Koufax


It’s funny how things happen at just the particular moment.

Having been working The BAG beat for some time now, I’ve developed a pretty good sense of how to pace myself — even if that pace is pretty torrid.  In the last day or two, however, I pushed it so hard, I blew myself out a little bit.  Not to worry, it happens.  But I don’t like getting so overloaded that I miss a post — which I did this AM.  So, still a little groggy, it was even more stunning to get such wonderful news in this morning’s email.

For someone who can usually find the right words, I cannot express how honored I am to have been voted a finalist in three Koufax Award categories.

As this award has grown, the Koufax has become the premier honor for liberal bloggers.  Watching the votes come in, I thought I had a good chance of making the final round in the Best Post category.  (Still, I felt that I shared this honor with Alan Chin, whose incredible post-Katrina photography comprised the basis of my entry: Katrina Aftermath: And Then I Saw These.)  I just had no idea, however, that I might also land in the final group for Best New Blog or Most Deserving of Wider Recognition.  If you’re a regular visitor here — and, especially, if you’re an active part of our incredible ongoing discussion/seminar — you know how much I consider this site a community.  I share this acknowledgment with you, and thank you for being an integral part of The BAG.  I would also add that the liberal blogosphere is absolutely overflowing with  incredible voices and perceptions.  In this larger home, I am just one of many.

(image: yours truly — on vacation)

  • Esoth

    Congrats and good luck? And by the way, the good folks at Wampum have to find a better way to vote. They have all those categories, but once you vote for one, you are “timed out” from voting for another for an unspecified period of time. So if you want to vote for all the categories, you have to go back again and again.

  • Asta

    Congratulations, Michael. Most proud for you!

  • Quentin

    Good, Michael, you more than deserve such recognition for the reliable, consistent quality of your blog. Not to forget the sincere commitment.

  • Quentin

    An afterthought: you’ve opened a lot of eyes.

  • marysz

    Congratulations Michael, on being a finalist. We appreciate how much work and commitment goes into your blog. And I hope you feel better—please take good care of yourself!

  • MB

    Michael, people can also vote via email – I have all the categories up on the front page.
    I’m not sure what’s up with the timing out after voting – It could just be that the servers are overwhelmed with so many readers invoking Perl to post comments. We have lots of bandwidth this year.
    Congrats on your excellent work.

  • hauksdottir

    Congratulations to you, and to Alan, and hugs all around… even to those who offer contrary perspectives… this is really a fine community.
    It is like having a party (a lot of hard work and cleaning and baking), then looking around the room and listening to the conversations and smiling. Good atmosphere. But a blog is doing it every day. A succesful blog deserves the recognition. :)

  • Cactus

    I add my congrats, Michael. Well deserved. And for Alan Chin, too.
    I tried to vote but I think their server is swamped and once you try and get the error, you can’t retry. I’ll try later, but I guess we should try at less busy times. ;-) )

  • James

    It’s hard work picking one blog from such outstanding fields this year. The liberal blogosphere has come into its own this year as evidenced by the quality of the nominees.
    Really hard work. Really, really hard work.
    There was no way I couldn’t vote for the BAG and Alan Chin’s masterpiece, however.

  • Pete Bogs

    is this camera a prisoner at Abu Ghraib or what? why the black hood?

  • RubDMC

    Nice work, Michael. I’ve been voting early and often ;^)

  • 4jkb4ia

    Hell, it will take a miracle for DovBear to win this award anyway, so BAGNewsNotes is also up for Deserving of Wider Recognition. This should be taken with a grain of salt as the great and mighty Kos has placed BAGNewsNotes on the coveted blogroll.

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