With the current Premier League season entering what promises to be a thrilling final stretch, we present to you our pick of the best Sunderland blogs out there. These are all part of the inaugural PickOurTeam Blog Awards which recognise blogs that display excellent football content along with the quality insight and simmering passion that make these blogs the forums from which we support our teams.
The Roker Report
Social influence: Twitter 4,934; Facebook 937
Review: Without question the most fastidiously updated unofficial Sunderland AFC coverage to be found on the web. The Roker Report boasts a large team of writers, its own weekly newspaper column, and the only independent weekly podcast that focuses exclusively on the club. News, opinion, reaction, analysis, and previews and plenty more at your fingertips.
Sample quote: "Defensively, there is no shortfall for Sunderland when Rose is out of the side. Just where the Black Cats miss Rose is going forward; as a former winger Rose's instinct is to receive possession and aim to create something out of it."
A Love Supreme
Social influence: Twitter 8,258; Facebook 3,731
Review: A Love Supreme is primarily a Fanzine rather than a blog, but it is that good a fanzine that it deserves a good solid mention here. As well as their monthly publication, they also maintain a regularly updated website with news, letters, opinion, match reports and more.
Sample quote: "I'd longed to see Johnson take on a really one-footed
full-back, such as Ian Harte, and turn him inside out. Unfortunately, Adam was on the other side of the field, so the bloke who looked way past his sell-by date when he trundled about for us for a few games (none of which we won) never got tested, apart from extra work on his free-kicks, which we knew all about anyway."
Social influence: Twitter 1,288; Facebook 171
Review: A strong all round blog that sometimes takes a somewhat alternative approach but is always fresh and worthy of a Sunderland fans' time. A strong eclectic mix of content from a variety of writers who all bring something a little bit different from each other.
Sample quote: "One thing this current Premier League mediocrity safeguards for the payers is that my generation can barely compare them unfavourably to the players of when we were growing up. I would suggest it's vastly unfair on Cattermole to imply he is below the footballing ability of Kevin Ball."