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Talking Smack: Online Sports Communities

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Dont you just love all this Web 2.0 stuff? Theres no question that online communities are partitioning themselves into more varied, specific subject matter, and sports communities are undoubtedly at the forefront. What better way to boost team (or even a city, for that matter) morale than to trash talk rivals? Looking beyond communities started by ESPN or Sports Illustrated, its becoming quite apparent that start-up sites are gearing mainly towards the college football scene, and just in time. One of the cooler new sites on the scene, AllSmackTalk.com, is doing just that.

From their website:
"All SmackTalk is a communication tool designed to allow fellow sports fans and rivals to discuss and share news, photos and videos about their favorite, or least favorite, teams. The more you post, the more of a rep you can build to earn the respect of teammates and rivals, earn special awards, and even be spotlighted by the community for the entire world to see."

The site is still in its beta version, but I still gotta give these guys props because there seems to be a lot of Bruin trash talk already. What's even cooler is that with the "Season Ticket" function you could personalize your own site with RSS feeds, tabs, and media management. So whether youre a Trojan or a Bruin, dear LAist readers, give some love to a start-up and show the country that the SEC has got nothin on Pac-10 football.

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