posted by Large
Dear No Masians:
Big news. You might want to sit down for this.
No Mas and The Sporting News are partnering on a new website dedicated to both boxing and MMA to be called “The Rumble.” Below you can see the masthead, and if you want a more detailed view, you can just go on over to the actual site and take a gander.
There are a lot of kinks still to be ironed out, and we haven’t started publishing there yet, but the plan is that we’re going to get it up and running with content this week and then launch it officially and publicize next week in time for the pre-May/Marquez and UFC 103 festivities.
We have a distinguished crew of writers who will be joining us. The great I-berg has agreed to a contract that binds him to write at least twice a week – for those of you who are unaware of this fact, Sir I-bergs-a-Lot was quite the writer back in the day, pimping his wares to Details, the NY Times, the Voice, and, of course his spiritual home, Playboy. He hasn’t banged the keyboard with any regularity since he took it upon himself to become a multi-media entertainment mogul, but for The Rumble he’s agreed to take it back (doo doo doo doo), take it back like before…
Morty Bravo, another No Mas alum who has been heard from all too infrequently, is on the roster as well, penning himself into the batting order under the bizarre nom de plume “Bud Schmeling.” Our new star signing, Shoefly, is a linchpin of the squad, hitting cleanup and playing first base. Out in the outfield, we have a crack crew of recent acquisitions, MMA guys who are ready to blow your minds with various arm-bars and choke-holds and whatnot. I know many of you Masians will be skipping those posts, but for those of you who won’t, you will not be disappointed, because for the first time in our history the Mas is going to fulfill its promise of showing mixed martial arts the love it deserves.
Last but not least, on the mound, wearing number 32, it’s…. Steve Large-lton. I’m excited about this site for a lot of reasons – it’s a great platform for the Mas, allows us to assimilate a lot of things we’re doing in different places in one site that connects with a wider audience and gives the No Mas brand a primo affiliation with a bedrock sports brand like The Sporting News. But most of all I’m excited that this is going to allow me to do my daily boxing writing and prognostificating in one spot, and devote myself to that enterprise. In one way, this is a new site, but for me it more feels like I’m finally going to be able to write for No Mas full-time, which has been a fantasy of mine for a while now.
Sadly, the Mas as we know it will not continue. We’ll maintain a blog here for information related to No Mas happenings and non-boxng/MMA sports stuff that we’re doing. But the Mas blog as it has been will be subsumed by The Rumble. Though I think The Rumble is going to be everything the No Mas blog is and more, I admit that fact gives me pause. This has been a special place for me for a few years now, a place where we made the rules, preached it like we felt it, and built a small but to my mind incredibly rich, varied and high-minded community of which I’m proud to be a member.
All I can say is that it is our intention to thoroughly maintain our integrity at the new site. The Sporting News essentially has turned The Rumble over to us editorially. We still make the rules, and I think you’ll see that right from the get-go in the aesthetic of the page. We won’t be swearing over there (which is going to be kind of a pain to be honest, because it is very hard to write or talk about the sport of boxing without using the word, “motherfucker” – just ask Manny Steward or Roger Mayweather about that – I can just heard Rog’s reply – “motherfucker what?”) and there will be some new, young cats up in the crib doing their MMA thing, but otherwise, the scene will be Masian through and through. Along with everything else that we hope to bring with us over there, first and foremost is the respectful, insightful and unfailingly engaged tone of our debates and the like-minded spirit of our readers. On that front, let me say that I sincerely hope all you dudes will be the flagship members who lead the way for what is likely to become a much larger community. Because youse guys are the straws that stir the No Mas drink.
There will be new posts at The Rumble all this week as you dip our feet in to the deep end, so please check it out and let me know your thoughts. I’ll keep you posted on any other details.