HERE IS SI's listof go-to dotcoms, where sports fans can get just about anything: facts,opinion, rumors, gossip, yuks and whatever's bouncing through Mark Cuban's bigbrain.
Links to sports sections around the country are free; for an annual fee of$175, subscribers get a daily package of top stories, indexed by region, sportand writer.
HARD-CORE GOSSIP:HoopsHype, ProFootballTalk
Want speculation on almost every trade or signing in the NBA or NFL? These arethe ultimate rumor mills.
SOFTBALL GOSSIP:BenMaller, SportsByBrooks
Ben Maller and Brooks Melchior, sports radio guys based in Los Angeles, riff onathletes (Melchior posits that Troy Polamalu looks like Grammy winner NorahJones) and take stabs at breaking news--such as SbB's report that singer NickLachey had moved in with USC's Matt Leinart ... which he hadn't.
If The Onion were to go all-sports, it would look like this. Sample headline:SEAHAWKS GLAD THEY DON'T HAVE TO WATCH A SUPER BOWL WITH THE SEAHAWKS INIT.
FIELD GUIDES:Ballparks, GolfClubAtlas, Surfline
Ballparks has the skinny on every U.S. baseball diamond, gridiron and racingoval; a typical GCA entry notes that the fairway bunkering at the Nirwana BaliGolf Club in Indonesia is "superb"; Surfline has live webcam with free30-second feeds from more than 100 beaches.
This is the sports world's version of thesmokinggun.com, with a depressinglylong list of drunken drivers, underage drinkers and flagrant flesh-barers.
WAY TO GET TOKNOW AN NBA OWNER: BlogMaverick
How does Mark Cuban have time to run a team and write a 4,400-word defense oftrading Steve Nash, as he did in 2004? The Mavs' owner blogs here and answersmost e-mails.
REFERENCELIBRARIES: databaseBasketball, BaseballLibrary, Pro-Football-Reference,HockeyDB
Each is a comprehensive source with Britannica-like accuracy.
HIGH SCHOOLCOVERAGE: Scout, Rivals
In-depth analysis of basketball and football (Scout also has video), plus anetwork of collegiate member sites whose message boards overflow withcritiques. On the day that its 13th-rated football prospect, Stafon Johnson,announced his commitment to USC, Scout's Trojans affiliate had nearly 8,000posts.
INSIGHT INTO THEMEDIA: SportsJournalists
Newsies talk shop, shielded by anonymity. Discussions can range fromsentimental musings (New NHL vs. Old NHL) to pop culture (The Daily Show vs.Colbert Report).