Welcome back to my Ask A Blogger series in which I interview basketball bloggers about the #bloglife and basketball. To see previous interviews, go here.
Today I spoke with my man Eric Buenning (pronounced Benning) of SB Nation’s Brew Hoop. He’s a great writer and a good friend of mine and has had to deal with the Bucks’ mess all year. So follow him on Twitter dot com (@ericbuenning) and read his words about the Bucks, because they are very good, imo.
1. In just a few sentences, can you tell us who you write for/what your job is?
My ”job” is to cover the Milwaukee Bucks as much I can. I do that for BrewHoop (or Brew Hoop, we still have no idea if there is a space between the words), the Milwaukee Bucks blog for SB Nation. My biggest responsibility is attending all the Bucks home games and writing recaps for those games. After that it’s just your usual coverage of the team: opinion pieces, breaking news coverage, roundtable discussions, etc. Pretty fun stuff.
2. How did you first get interested in/started with writing about basketball?
I’ve loved sports and writing and creating stores since I can remember, but up until about five years ago, I didn’t even want to write about sports. I wanted to work in television/movie industry instead. Then one random day at dinner, I saw that the Celtics and Thunder made a trade centered around Jeff Green and Kendrick Perkins. I immediately threw that up on Facebook and got some likes and comments on it, and in that moment something just clicked inside me. I knew right then that I wanted to cover sports–specifically basketball–and make a career out of it.
3. How does a normal day of blogging go for you?
After sleeping for two more hours than I intended to the night before, I usually fire up the ol’ world wide web and go through my ”must-read” list of basketball websites, to catch up on any good reads I missed in my slumber. I then usually hop on BrewHoop and go through any new comments I missed. Sometimes there’s fun discussions I jump in on, and other times people are bickering about the front office or the coach or whatever and it is kind of annoying. No big deal, that’s part of the gig. If it’s a slow Bucks news day (hint: it usually is), I take to our BrewHoop writer e-mail thread and shoot around some ideas for possible articles or I hop on Twitter and see what all my blogfriends are talking about. Again, sometimes it’s super dope and sometimes it’s toxic and frustrating.
To sum things up, I basically just chill on the internet until something newsworthy or a cool story idea pops up. If nothing is going on, I go work out or eat sandwiches or squeeze in an unnecessary nap or whatever.
4. Switching to basketball things, what is one low-key thing in the league (player, team, set, etc.) that you really like watching right now that casual fans may not know about?
Tough question, but I’m going to go with the Atlanta Hawks
offense. Houston and Phoenix’s offenses are a dream for me (and what I’d like the Bucks to become imitators of), because of the threes or rim approach, but Atlanta–when their offense is clicking–is a fascinating offense to watch. They move the ball around with such pace and purpose and they work so selfishly to get a good look and it’s gorgeous and I love it and I’m thinking of asking it to prom if it’s parents will let me.
I’m sorry, where were we?
5. Unfortunately, you’ve become quite accustomed to losing. What do you feel is the best way for fans of bad teams to deal with the constant losing and poor play?
You tell yourself before the year begins that you’ll be able to survive the tank year and see the light at the end of the tunnel (that being the top-five 2014 pick) and all that pipedreamy stuff. But you still are going to have to sit through seven months of excruciating basketball regardless, so there really isn’t any way to properly deal with it. My best coping mechanism is to soak up the best moments until they’re bone dry. The Bucks have been lucky to have a few fun young players that provide more fun moments than expected for a 9-41 team, so maybe I’m a little spoiled (wow, that’s the first time I said I was spoiled this season..) If you can truly enjoy the finer parts of the year, when the pendulum swings to dark dark places (and HOLY CRAP IT DEFINITELY WILL), you’ll be able to stomach just a little bit more than you should be able to. Also, it’s fun to have fun when you’re team is getting thrashed around. Sometimes you’ll just shrug constantly and feel very sad, but it’s also important to laugh when things get gruesome. It’s your only chance of staying sane, I swear.
Bonus Question: What is your favorite Giannis moment?
AM I ONLY ALLOWED TO PICK ONE?!?
Screw it, I’m picking a few
But really, my favorite and thing I’m most excited about with Giannis is that he brings hope to a city that so desperately need something to believe in (as far as basketball fandom is concerned). This is quite arguably the lowest point in most Bucks fans tenure with the team, but he makes every bump in the road on the way to smoother travels so absolutely worth the wait, and that is the greatest gift you could you ask for in this stage of a rebuild.
So there you have it. Thanks again for Eric for joining the program and make sure you go follow him on Twitter: @ericbuenning