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Notes from the Bic Camp: Day One

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As we head into the second day of Minnesota’s much-heralded Bic Blogger Camp, we take a look back at the events of day one, which saw quite a few highly-ranked writing recruits doing their thing. Many big names were here scouting the talent, including James Worster from the popular new blog Circuit Sport Clerk, Hap Wellington-Hatcher from the british cricketing blog Marylebone Marauder and Gordon Waggoner from the snarky and irreverent Buzzer Bleater. As the representative from KSR, though, I was also on the scene to garner the best and brightest from the day’s activities, along with some footage from the proceedings:

-I was really impressed with what I saw from 25 year-old Stan Parker, whom I’d been hearing a lot in the days about leading up to the camp. The much ballyhooed carpet-store-assistant-manager-turned-blogger from Akron has a real gift for referencing, and left everyone impressed by a swift-handed comparison linking New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to a circa 1979 Erik Estrada. Check out some footage of Parker at work.

-Can we talk about Illinois School for the Creative Arts superstar Billy Watson? Watson is gaining some serious buzz because he’s one of the few bloggers working today with the capacity to use semi-colons correctly. Watson; whose self-discipline and stern demeanor belie a greater attention to the medium and a dedication to sports blogging, turned heads when he analyzed the Rockford College Regents’ women’s soccer season stats in correlation to past seasons of both RC and those of rival Alverno College in Milwaukee. This kid’s got some chops. Just take a look.

-The saddest news to come from Day one of the Bic Camp was the unfortunate injury sustained by Carol Montgomery of Cedar Rapids, whose work had to be cut short after a freak wrist injury sidelined her in a you-tube-embed-off against New Mexico’s Shawn Egret. Montgomery was an early favorite that lots here had come to see, and though she may return for Sunday’s schedule, it’s not looking likely at this point. See for yourself what happened, but be warned that the following video shows footage of the injury, and may not be for the squeamish.

All in all, an eventful day at the camp. I’ll continue to keep an eye on who’s rising and who’s notable, and I’ll be sure to report back with my findings. Until then, friends.

Article written by C.M. Tomlin