Pour, Pour Slim Shady: Catfish Stew 2007 Top 10 Lists
by Ken Arneson
2008-01-09 20:57

 

1. stop casting porosity
2. stomach punch
3. questions without answers
4. their
5. asparagusy
6. things that come in threes
7. pitchers of eminem
8. zza zza gabor
9. dairy queen
10. winnie the pooh

 

1. joe kennedy
2. rich harden
3. barry zito
4. milton bradley
5. travis buck
6. mike piazza
7. daric barton
8. jason kendall
9. shannon stewart
10. todd walker

 

1. 2007 mlb rookie of the year
2. eephus
3. baseball
4. tinstaap
5. baseball web gems
6. other names for a fastball
7. charting pitches
8. babip
9. oakland athletics
10. 2007 baseball playoff predictions

 

1. Zito Thoughts, Part 3
2. Ah, That Day
3. A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
4. A’s Release Bradley, Ruin Upcoming Catfish Stew Post
5. Zito Thoughts, Part 2
6. In Memory of Joe Kennedy
7. Of Holes
8. Matt Kemp’s Magic Floating Helmet and Other Assorted Images
9. 2007 Photo Outtakes: I Don’t Want to Know
10. Zito Thoughts, Part 1

Comments: 10
1.   Eric Stephen
2008-01-09 22:01

1.  I'd love to know what the first list is (subtitles for the blog?), but my guess for the last two lists are:

3) Top Google searches relating to Catfish Stew
4) Most viewed Catfish Stew articles

2.   Ken Arneson
2008-01-09 22:26

2.  1 You're close; the first three are all the most common search terms that brought people to Catfish Stew

1. non-baseball phrases
2. player names
3. baseball (non-name) phrases

And yes the 4th list is the most viewed pages for 2007.

3.   Eric Enders
2008-01-10 02:12

3.  I wonder if all those people who searched for the incorrect acronym "tinstaap" found what they were looking for here.

Or anywhere.

4.   Athletics for Life
2008-01-10 06:16

4.  Well there is no such thing as a pitcher - it's time we started calling them "hurlers" again.

5.   Ken Arneson
2008-01-10 08:51

5.  3 Spelling poorly is a good way to generate traffic. I should do more of it.

The thing I like about these phrases is that unless you're a blog the size of Instapundit or something, you won't get to the top of google searches for common phrases, so your search result lists end up being a really weird mix of obscure tangents from the main topic of your blog.

My biggest question about this list is, what would people be looking for when they search on the word "their", and how in the world did Catfish Stew ever end up near the top of the search rankings for that term?

6.   JL25and3
2008-01-10 11:32

6.  I tried googling "their," and looked through three pages before I got bored and gave up. I didn't find Catfish Stew, but here are a few things I did find:

A discussion of the traditional and established use of "they/their" as indefinite genderless pronouns by Jane Austen and other well-known authors.

In Their Words is an oral history archive with over one hundred hours of testimony from
Arkansas's World War II generation.

Gas giant planets can get twice as close to their stars as Mercury is to the Sun without
evaporating, a new study suggests.

The majority of stalkers who threatened their victims subsequently acted upon their ...

Typically, when parents think about their children's health, they don't think about their bones.

Mississippian Moundbuilders And Their Artifacts

Their love grew along with jumbo garden sculptures - Los Angeles Times

7.   Ken Arneson
2008-01-10 12:11

7.  6 Yeah, I couldn't figure out where it came from, either. A lot of our search hits on Toaster come from Google News, where articles tend to disappear after a month. I'm guessing the "their" hits came from some temporary high status thereunder.

8.   JL25and3
2008-01-10 12:32

8.  7 Still, I'm a little disturbed that "Mississippian Moundbuilders and Their Artifacts" outranked Catfish Stew.

Some people just don't have their priorities straight.

9.   Ken Arneson
2008-01-10 12:48

9.  8 Well, Chad Bradford was a Mississippian Moundscraper, at least there's some connection.

10.   Mac Thomason
2008-01-11 14:21

10.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the Braves are about to take Mark Kotsay off your hands. There, that makes up for sticking you with Langerhans.

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