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The blog don’t lie!

Rasheed Wallace Wallpaper by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

By Paul J. Pickett

If you know what the DIFF is all about, you don’t have to like sports to like Natalie Sitto. And even if you don’t like blogs, you’ve gotta give her props for what she’s been able to accomplish in a few short years out in the blogosphere: a meteoric rise from relatively unknown sports fan to Pistons blogstress extraordinaire. Recently, Natalie was kind enough to share with me some personal reflections concerning her site, www.Need4Sheed.com, named after her favorite Detroit player, Rasheed Wallace (though the blog is about all things Pistons).

Natalie on how it all got started:

“I originally started Need4Sheed to offer Pistons information, videos and computer graphics to Pistons fans like myself. I just wanted to offer something that I was out there searching for, but never found.

If you build it they will come right? Well they really did, beyond my wildest dreams for that matter. What started as simply a hobby has taken the site, and me along with it, on a wonderful ride.”

Natalie on why fans flock to her site in droves (check all of the advertisements on the margin if you don’t believe me):

“Sports blogs give you as a fan the information you want, and if done right, give you a different and unique perspective you can’t get from the average major media sources. Team blogs in particular build a community of fans that can share in the triumphs as well as the disappointments that go along with rooting for your favorite team.”

Natalie on how the site has unexpectedly transformed her from just a fan into a sports-blog brand name:

“I certainly didn’t know when I started the site that I would: Meet Rasheed Wallace, have communication with the NBA, get a spread in The Detroit Free Press, be mentioned in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AOL, Slam Magazine, Dime Magazine and do plenty of local sports radio spots. The biggest surprise came when the Pistons organization asked me to guest blog for them. What could be better for a season ticket holder and self proclaimed Homer?” (not to be confused with another Homer)

Now you can add the DIFF to your list, Natalie. As I’ve written about before, I’m a Detroit Pistons fan. Always have been. Always will be. And even though there are some really good Pistons blogs out there (like www.DetroitBadBoys.com – it’s my second favorite Pistons blog and the most well-written I’ve found), if I can only visit one blog on any given day, Need4Sheed is where I’m going. Because not only do I love why she started it – no one else had done anything like it yet – I also love the videos, original wallpaper and screen savers, cartoon impressions of players and quick bullet-point game summaries.

So if you’re a true Pistons fan or just a fan of people who make things happen, check out Need4Sheed. The blog don’t lie.

(For those of you who don’t follow the Pistons, Rasheed Wallace is known for yelling, “The ball don’t lie!” (he even inspired a book) after an opposing player misses a free throw and Rasheed believes the Pistons didn’t really foul him. In other words, because the opposing player wasn’t fouled, the missed shot proves it and he got what he deserved: nothing. And in the case of Natalie’s blog, she’s been getting favorable calls and making her shots and….well, you can finish the thought.)

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  1. Natalie is the best, been following Need4sheed for some time. I do have to say it’s not only the best Pistons blog out there its one of the best and original sports blogs period.

    Posted by: Blaine | January 15, 2008
  2. i have no idea how i came about need4sheed.com but i made sure to bookmark immediately, and i haven’t stopped visiting yet. Thank the LORD for that.
    Nat’s cool-i-yo.

    Posted by: bianca | January 15, 2008
  3. Great team, great blog :)

    Posted by: Rémi | January 15, 2008
  4. ever since i heard abt this website, i swear i cant go one day without visiting it at least once or twice, she does the best job and we look at her as the biggest sheed and pistons fans.
    thanks natalie for ur hard work

    Posted by: muhanad hasan | January 15, 2008
  5. natalie is *word removed* but the blog is great

    Posted by: bill | January 15, 2008
  6. Natalie is wonderful. As I live in PA, it is difficult to stay current on “My Team!” Natalie and Need4Sheed keep me current on the team and her videos allows me to enjoy the great stories on the Pistons I would never see!
    Thank you Natalie. I appreciate your work and commitment.

    Posted by: Darlene Meyers | January 15, 2008
  7. It’s a great site, all of us in Detroit love it and appreciatte all the work Natalie does. She’s amazing, the site is amazing, and our Pistons are nothing short of amazing. Go Stons!

    Posted by: Brad Munson | January 15, 2008
  8. Need4Sheed is one of the best NBA blogs out there. I check it out daily and Natalie is doing an amazing job..GO PISTONS!!!!!!!
    You know the new NBA slogan, “Where Amazing Happens”..well, I can say “NBA: Where Natalie and Need4Sheed happen”

    Posted by: andrew | January 16, 2008
  9. I have to disagree. I think Need4Sheed gets TOO MUCH recognition. I’ve followed the site for awhile now and it used to be a lot better than it is today. All that site has become is Rasheed Wallace YouTube. I can see how that’s great for out of town Pistons fans but DVRing every mildly entertaining Pistons clip and posting them on the blog with your logo platered on it hardly makes it great.
    Anymore when I check that site it seems like it’s more about the site than it is about the Pistons. I’ll give Natalie credit, she’s a great self promoter.
    She never posts anything original. There’s never an original article just a run down of stories from other sites and blogs. I believe that’s because she has no more insight than the average fan, hence the hundreds of video clips.
    She used to do decent game recaps. Now she spends more time on her photshopped pictures with glowing basketballs than the game. There’s just a bunch of bullet points that tell you little more than if you were to look at the boxscore. I don’t get why everyone is so high on the graphic art. It’s average at best. Look at any sports message board and there’s usually a section for graphic art. You can find some jaw dropping stuff in the form of graphic wallpapers and post signatures. A lot better than those simple cartoon faces.
    I don’t mean to be so negative. I frequent a lot of Detroit sports blog because I don’t like being spoon fed only what the papers think is fan pertinent. There’s about four other real good Pistons blogs that put a lot of work into their sites and actually have something ORIGINAL to say that don’t receive 1/20th of the credit that Need4Sheed does.

    Posted by: James | January 16, 2008
  10. In respect to all things Pistons, Natalie is my hero.

    Posted by: Richie Halas | January 17, 2008
  11. Natalie = hack

    Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008
  12. We clearly disagree that Natalie is a hack. You are entitled to your opinion, but if you feel that way, you should share your thoughts with Natalie in a constructive way.

    Posted by: Editor | January 17, 2008
  13. It’s not about who writes, it’s about what’s right. Need4Sheed is right on so many levels. It gives fans what they want. Let’s face it, most sports fans aren’t looking for orignial art and commentary; they’re looking for highlights and quick recaps. Need4Sheed does all the above and that’s why it’s so popular…

    Posted by: N.P. | January 17, 2008
  14. Thank you for your site ;)
    I made with photoshop backgrounds for myspace or youtube and even more
    my backgrounds:http://tinyurl.com/5b8ksl
    have a good day and thank you again!

    Posted by: createmo | November 2, 2008
  15. THank you Natalie!!! Before your site, I couldn’t find a decent ‘Sheed site. Nothing but garbage.
    Sheed fan circa ’95

    Posted by: Christian (La,CA) | February 2, 2009
  16. really need help getting my blog off the ground.
    http://deeeetroitbasketball.blogspot.com/
    Critism is always welcome.

    Posted by: Anthony | July 14, 2009

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