A significant number arrives; thanks for validating what we do
I don’t think any of us had a clue what might transpire here when we began this little experiment back in November, 2007; we weren’t sure how sustainable it would be or whether it’d just be a place to park excess Raptors information.
Well, think we’ve found out.
According to our little page-view counter, we went past 20,000,000 some time late yesterday afternoon, a feat we should all be kind of proud of.
Now, I know a bit of it is simply a function of time – we’ve been at this almost five years now – but even to me that’s a rather impressive number and it’s got to do as much with the Irregulars as it does with me.
It’s turned into one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve done in a longish career, some days we joke, some days we educate, some days we entertain in any manner of ways and, yes, some days there are snippets of news and opinion about the Raptors and the NBA.
And it always seems to evoke response, there have been 20 million page views but there have also been more than 55,000 comments posted in that time; some quite complimentary, some not so much but many heartfelt and I appreciate that.
As we’ve said before, this is like the world’s biggest cyber-cocktail party, a disparate group where if you don’t like one conversation you can simply move to another part of the room where the cool kids are hanging out.
And it’s generally fun.
Not sure what you all get out of it but I get a terrific sense of accomplishment most mornings, I like most of the interaction, I’ve really enjoyed branching out a little bit (not a sentiment shared by all of you, unfortunately) and when I hit the post button each morning, it’s done with the knowledge that it’ll either inform you, perhaps infuriate you but always entertain you.
And that’s what it’s all about.
One of the Taller Foreheads at Mother Star was asking me last night about favourite posts over the years and that’s a difficult exercise.
Remember Sam getting fired?
Or Jay getting fired?
Or Jose-TJ or Jose-Jarrett and how cool would it have been to be here when HWSNBN was traded?
But maybe it’s me and a desire to do a few different things but two that stood out?
This one, the first Canada Day one we did, a celebration of our great land, a chance to do something out of the ordinary.
And if that made you smile (and I hope it did) the one we did the day Yao Ming said he was going to retire gave me a chance to tell a story pretty well.
I take great pride in what we do here; I try to be reasoned and a bit provocative and a bit entertaining and, as the counter clicked past an unimaginable number yesterday, it proved that it’s working.
Thanks. Thanks an awful lot.
Now … usual tripe.
Sure, you all probably spent some time yesterday humming Moon River to yourselves after news broke on the passing of Andy Williams and who could blame you.
Here’s another wee ditty he did you might recall.
So there was a bit of basketball and a tiny road trip yesterday.
Gumby, The First Lady Of The Beat and I, along with various and sundry others, traipsed off to the far off edge of the Beaches to watch Landry Fields deliver some season tickets to some fan.
Yeah, that was as thrilling as it sounds but it did afford us some time with Fields pre-camp and it’s always good to chat with a player because you never know what he might say.
Apart from the basic boilerplate stuff (‘I’ll do whatever the coach needs; there’s a lot of talent on this team; we have to develop some chemistry; I’m really happy to be here, yadda, yadda, yadda’) there were a couple of salient points.
One, of course, had to do with the contract – barely above the league average, mind you – and whether it adds any pressure to him:
“Not really. Honestly, with the guys and the coaching staff, they haven’t put any of that kind of pressure on me, and I haven’t felt any at all either. I just have to maintain this attitude throughout this season.”
One of the more interesting part of the chat was about where he plays, given that Dwane Casey is going to have an awful lot of options at the wing positions with DeRozan, Ross, Fields, Klieza and, who knows, maybe even McGuire. That’s going to be quite interesting over the season because there are an awful lot of options available.
“I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. You put me out there, I’m going to do what’s asked of me, it doesn’t matter what position.
“Not really (a difference). Players today are so great, they can do a multitude of things so it’s had to define a specific position unless you’re a big-time centre, I think that’s pretty obvious. I think a lot of guys can do a lot.”
But is it a problem?
“I don’t think so. It helps with defensive matchups; if you get cross-matched you can still guard the same kind of guy. It definitely helps players but it also makes it much tougher because now all these guys are at the same level and you really have to beat out some great competition to stay on the floor.”
You know how some of us can tell fall is here?
You have to put a jacket on to walk Super Dog at 5:30 a.m.; first day today and while it was still shorts and flipflops weather, a jacket was a must.
Guess summer is over.
You folks sent some doozies to the mail yesterday but there’s always room for more.
You’ve got the drill down pat, right?
Welcome back, real NFL refs. Don’t you dare blow a call late in a close game.
Funny what a huge public outcry over a travesty of a call will do to spur stalled negotiations that end with a sudden settlement to a long work stoppage.
Wonder what the pucks equivalent would be?
And, finally, one of the hardest-working in show business put together a list of the highest read things we’ve done. It’s an interesting one.