Tony Gerdman is pretty insightful; I really enjoy his stuff. They used to have a writer named Brandon Castel who was also very good. I'd say check them out for some additional insight and perspective. The sight layout is definitely very GeoCities-esque, but if you can get past that the writing isn't bad.
I believe the their forum technically has a "no politics" rule, but it is not enforced by any means. I've seen forum topics there that began as a discussion on football but then became just excessively political. As someone who likes to keep my politics and sports separate, I can't handle that. As someone mentioned above, they are not very open to new comers. I also like that fans of opposing schools are welcomed here at 11W; definitely not the case at the O-Zone.