Thanks for Ten Years
Today is the ten-year anniversary of the first real basketball post ever on 3 Shades of Blue.
When I first started this, I had no idea it would become anything other than a way for me to spout off my opinions on the Memphis Grizzlies without having the posters on the message boards pick one word out of a 6-paragraph response to nitpick. I’ve never had any serious aspirations about sports journalism, despite that being my major way back when I initially went to college so many years ago. Back then, I was half-columnist and half-aggregator, finding all of those news stories that popped up on Yahoo!, ESPN, AOL’s Fanhouse, Real GM, and whoever else happened to be talking about the Grizz. Thanks to social media, the aggregating of information isn’t really necessary anymore, although many bloggers continue that tradition.
From a fan blog sprang forth a local radio show that is nearing completion on its 4th season. It’s been a lot of fun, and I have a ton of people to thank for their hand in making it happen.
To Chip Crain, Zack Lawrence, and Matt Noe — thank you for joining me on the old Blogspot account and lending your voices to it. Couldn’t have done it without you guys. Chip and Matt were the backbone of this blog for years.
To Chris Wallace — were it not for you being willing to join a group of Grizz fans at a Buffalo Wild Wings when you’d only been on the job for a few weeks, this whole thing probably would’ve fallen to the wayside years ago. Your decision to talk hoops with us for two hours nine and a half years ago put us on the map and opened so many doorways for us, including…
To Michael Heisley — …a chance to meet a great owner, if an often misunderstood one. Mr. Heisley knew that we would give him the ability to say things he needed to say without trying to slant it in one way or another, and we enjoyed a great relationship with him for years as a result.
To Chris Vernon — we don’t always (usually) see eye-to-eye on most things, but you were supportive of us in the early going and gave me a chance to go head-to-head with one of the titans in basketball media, Adrian Wojnarowski, which is something that I would never have dreamed possible prior to it actually happening.
To Chris Herrington and Geoff Calkins — I’ve drawn inspiration from both of you as writers, and I continue to appreciate the way you speak your respective minds openly.
To Jay (SixthMan) and Carl (CarlCR) — your ability to create and format code into beautiful, easy-to-read graphics have been such an amazing addition to the website, and I’m forever in your debt.
To Lee Smith — thank you for both your role as webmaster in my stead and for your article that so improbably resulted in the Grizzlies front office signing Gilbert Arenas. I still cannot believe that actually happened most days.
To Steve Danziger — you were a workhorse for the website for years, and I still miss getting to read your thoughts on this team now.
To Jonathan May and Zach Thomas — y’all helped push this into the multimedia age, with social media, radio, and webcasts, as well as devoting SOOOOOOO much time and planning into all of the events we’ve done over the past few years. I’m in your debt.
To Jason Rosselot — You’re my boy, Blue! Your work on social media and in constantly coming up with great giveaway prizes is much appreciated. Also, you’re the best keg man in the Mid-South.
To Chelsea Chandler — getting to do podcasts and videos with you has resulted in some of the most fun moments of my life, so thank you for that.
To Ben Fulfer, Cameron Symlar, John Hugar, Sage Cotton, Amanda Schultz, Antonia Bufalino, Rob Stukenborg, Phillip Dean, Colby Emmitt, Mac Trammell, Emilio Moore, Jon Reed, Joe Messineo, Matty P, Rogelio Lorenzo, Katee Forbis, and our guest contributors — thank you so, so much for the writing and other contributions that you’ve made over the years.
To Anthony Sain — thank you for pushing me to do more and to be better. You constantly challenge me in new ways, and I appreciate your friendship.
To Ginger Guin — your web design skills put mine to shame, and I’m happy that you got to work on the site at a time when it desperately needed your help.
To Kevin Lipe — thank you for unabashedly being you and doing things your way. That has been an inspiration to me over the past few years and undoubtedly will be going forward.
To Matt Moore — thanks for all you’ve done over the years, supporting me in blogging, as well as on a personal level.
To everyone out there blogging or podcasting about the Grizzlies — thank you and keep it up! I learn things from y’all all of the time, whether it’s Aimee and the women at All Heart in Hoop City or Joe, Matt, and the cast of characters at Grizzly Bear Blues or the number of other blogs that have popped up in the last few years. More voices for more viewpoints is a great thing.
To the fine folks at both Sports 56 and 92.9 ESPN — I appreciate all of you helping me grow as a radio host. So far, I think I’ve made the transition from awkwardly bad to okayish. Maybe I’ll make it to above average by the time I hang up my headset.
To all of the wonderful Grizz and NBA fans who have read, watched, listened, or shown up to anything with a 3SOB attachment to it — THANK YOU!
Now, go have a beer or ten and let’s root for the Grizzlies to find a way to beat the Spurs again. There’s no watch party, so maybe they’ll have a fighting chance.