Thanks, Queensberry Rules Hyperlinkers

Crikey. Today, The Wall Street Journal today linked to and posted excerpts from a blog post by The Queensberry Rules and I totally missed it somehow. I’m usually such an egomaniac I definitely notice this kind of thing. Cory Humes, one of the benevolent kingpins here at the MVN family, informs me that the column in question rarely-if-ever links to blogs or features them so prominently, placement usually reserved for writers for traditional news outlets. I’m honored.

I also thank The Wall Street Journal for the attention. But there are a great many other TQBR hyperlinkers I need to give some appreciation to:

  • Jack Kogod AKA Unsilent Majority AKA a dude who blogs for every major, quality, well-known sports blog in the whole wide universe. He paid a nice compliment to TQBR over at Deadspin Saturday, my personal favorite sports blog, and not just because they link to us fairly often. Those kids are just plain clever.
  • The site gave us some “Best of MVNlaurels, and they do that from time to time, but I never think to express my gratitude. If you love sports besides boxing, check out all the other great sports sites we have here at Most Valuable Network.
  • A number of outlets in the Philippines gave us love, some of which do so regularly and some of which are new to said love. I cracked the ABS-CBN News rundown of what people were saying after pound-for-pound boss Manny Pacquiao’s big win this weekend, and I don’t recall them having linked to me before. As always, “The Kiss of Pacland,” i.e. a link from, is good for a great many hits and a little poisonous comment invective, but it spices things up around here, so I gladly accept its passionate embrace, and I’ve never before expressed my thanks.
  • While I’m on the subject of links in general, you’ll notice if you check out the Links tab above that we’ve added PhilBoxing to the new link mix, because it’s a great source of pugilism information in a country that, in boxing, just keeps showing “more power” — the Philippines. We’ve also added a couple boxing-related blog links, Boxing Watchers and Fire Quinito, and I don’t do link exchanges unless I like a site, so check them out. And I’ve put Irvin Ryan in our “Friends” category, as I have with another regular visitor or two. If you stop by with much frequency, and you have a blog of your own, don’t hesitate to ask me to drop you a link. It’s the least I can do. Unless it’s a porn-related blog. That, I cannot do.
  • And, lastly, a big thanks to everyone on Twitter who keeps Retweeting me or giving me some Follow Friday nods. I can’t link to all of them who have done so, but our little Twitter fiefdom is growing rapidly because of their assistance.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.