In December I was issued a Pres Credential for the Capital One Bowl and last week I had the unique pleasure of covering the Georgia Bulldogs in a somewhat “official” capacity in Orlando. The experience was tremendous, and my hope is that it will spring-board my initiative to grow the site – not merely in readership, but also in content. This is a brief history of DudeYouCrazy, an explanation of my future plans for the site, a thank-you for reading and as always, a plea for input.
At some point during the 2009 season I decided I wanted to write about college football. A passionate and disgruntled Georgia fan I took to the keyboard and pounded out an article entitled “Joe Cox Should Win the Heisman.” The sarcastic write-up became a delightful little venting space as I made observations such as, “Brett Favre is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and holds the NFL’s record for interceptions thrown. Joe Cox threw three picks against Florida, so he must be a good QB.” It was my first, “Dude, you crazy!” moment, at least as far as the World Wide Web was concerned.
I think I wrote another post or two that season before the diminutive collection somehow – even in today’s era of internet permanence – managed to disappear. On September 2, 2010 I announced my glorious return with a guarantee of 2-3 postings every week during the football season and a promise to stick to my “unapologetic, unabashed SEC” roots.
That season was ugly. My beloved Georgia Bulldogs went 6-7 and went from being “my” Bulldogs to “the” Bulldogs, but in an odd way it gave me a great start in the “game” of written conversation. There was plenty to talk about, even if I didn’t like what was being said. And, as the SEC continued to dominate I was kept off of suicide watch.
I say all of this, not as a resignation or termination of the site nor to toot my own horn (I’ve been entirely too inconsistent in coverage – like a Willie Martinez defense), but as a way of observation. The state of DudeYouCrazy is moving in the same direction as the Georgia Football Program. I’m not so foolish as to presume this relationship to be causal (although I’m sure my site benefits from the success of the Bulldogs to some extent), but I do hope the trend continues.
To avoid embarrassment I have left off the total figures here, but the graph is above is accurate and to scale.
I enjoy writing about college football, and I enjoy having conversations with my readers about college football. What was initially a project designed to avoid boring WifeYouCrazy with my football rants has developed into something somewhat productive. Accordingly, I’m ecstatic about the growth of the site. But, I think DudeYouCrazy can be a lot better.
This year I will be making a conscious effort to write more during the offseason. My hope is to cover everything from 2012 Games and Players to Recruits and SEC-Wide Previews. In doing so I am confident that I can keep you all informed, but more importantly, keep the conversation about college football going. Because Spring and Summer can be dark times without gridiron talk.
I also will be making efforts to engage readers further. I’ve had some success using polls (I define success as participation from readers) and will be utilizing more interactive interfaces, such as reader polls, in the coming months.
Lastly, I’m recruiting a few “outside” guys to contribute more often in an effort to give you a better picture of the SEC landscape as a whole.
As I stated a few weeks ago: I think Georgia Football can be better in 2013 than it was in 2012. I think the same is true for this site. And if I can hold up my end of the bargain (continued content, even during the off-season) and you guys will stick around (offer input and maybe spread the word to some friends) then I think that will happen.
With that in mind here is a general outline of what will be covered over the next three months (in addition to any breaking news):
- January 8 – 21: Two Week Review covering the SEC and Every Georgia Game from 2012
- January 22 – February 6th: Recruiting. All day, every day. Who did Georgia get, who is still out there, who do the Dawgs need. You’ll know 18 year-old athletes better than you ever wanted to.
- February 7th – February 18th: Way-Too-Early 2013 Game Previews
- February 19th – March 5th: A Look at Each of Georgia’s NFL Draft Prospects, A Pre-Spring Practice Look at Each Team in the SEC
- March 6th – April 10th: Spring Practice Previews, Coverage, Recaps and G-Day Stuff
As always thank you for reading, and please let me know (in the comments section of via email) if there is a topic you’d like to see discussed.
For once, I’m looking forward to the offseason. Almost.
Thanks for reading.
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