Tumblr Reccomend: The Agony of Defeat
If the backpages belong to the victors, then The Agony of Defeat is home to those who come up just a bit short. The blog, founded three years ago by California based Jon Yu, features timely photos of athletes agonizing over hard losses. It’s especially fun to monitor during the NCAA tournament, so get on there and follow before the Final Four starts this weekend.
I recently spoke to Yu about the blog, what inspired it and how he finds his photos:
What inspired The Agony of Defeat?
I had been looking for a way to join Tumblr without duplicating content from my blog, and happened to be covering March Madness, which is a gold mine of images of crestfallen athletes. The Agony of Defeat launched (deliberately) hours after “One Shining Moment.” It hasn’t changed much since — more sports, same gimmick.
What is it about sports figures in the throes of a loss do you think is so compelling?
The two-way mirror of empathy and schadenfreude. A “joy of victory” Tumblr would mostly just generate bitterness.
You post dozens of photos each month, what’s the process you go through to find them?
I primarily just sift through photos attached to game recaps on sports news websites. If a loss demands a more immediate post, I search Twitter and check 30FPS (http://30fps.mocksession.com/) for screencaps.
You can find The Agony of Defeat at: theagonyofdefeat.tumblr.com