If you’re a sports fan, you probably have a favorite team in most sports. As such, you root for that team until they are eliminated from championship contention. But when the playoffs come around and your team isn’t in it (or gets knocked out early), who do you root for then? I have a very unscientific formula for how I answer that question, and it … Continue reading Remaining NHL Playoff Teams Ranked Based On Who You Should Root For
If you’re a Hawks fan and you aren’t subscribed to the ‘Locked On Hawks‘ podcast, you’re doing it wrong. The podcast, which is the Hawks’ branch of the Locked On Podcast Network, is run by Brad Rowland. Rowland is also the czar of Peachtree Hoops, SB Nation’s Atlanta Hawks website. I would argue Peachtree Hoops has the most comprehensive coverage of the Hawks that you’ll … Continue reading The Latest ‘Locked On Hawks’ Podcast
For more than five years, I wasn’t able to (for obvious reasons) give my true thoughts on the Atlanta Hawks’ on-court product. People would always ask “what did you think of this signing? That trade?” I could never publicly comment on it, but now I can. And since many are asking for some unfiltered thoughts, I’m here to share what I think the Hawks did … Continue reading Did the Hawks Make The Right Move By Tanking?
Below are my picks for the different 2017-18 NBA awards, as well as the playoffs. For the awards, note that this isn’t who I think will win but who I would pick if I had a vote. MY NBA AWARDS MVP – James Harden Harden has been the frontrunner most of the season and gets the honor despite terrific closing stretches from Anthony Davis and … Continue reading NBA Playoffs and Awards Picks
I was alerted about Dane Carbaugh’s tweet last week from two separate sources, both of whom work as social media people for sports teams. One of them said I should write my next blog post about the topic, and I liked that idea. As you can imagine, I have thoughts about this topic. So here we are, no holds barred. In case you’re wondering about … Continue reading Yes, NBA Social Managers Should Be Making More Money
By now most of you know that I left the Atlanta Hawks on March 30. I went into it in a bit of detail here, but the summary is it was time for me to focus on career growth & development, and the Hawks’ organization wasn’t the place for me to do that. What I haven’t said publicly, but I’m excited to share with you … Continue reading My Next Move
Chad Shanks is a Content Creative for StatMuse, a creative technology company offering a language-based artificial intelligence platform for enhancing sports fan engagement. Before that, he worked as the Social Manager for the Houston Rockets, doing basically the same job I did at the Hawks. Chad is familiar with NBA Twitter and was among the original social managers during the era when NBA Twitter really started … Continue reading Sports-Ish With Chad Shanks: Team Social Media in the Rise of NBA Twitter