Saturday, December 05, 2009
This has been a helluva journey. I had no idea when I started this site four years ago that it would be something that was so addicting, so rewarding and so frustrating all at the same time. Four blogging years is like 70 in human years which is like 290 in dog years or something.
In December, 2005 I was just a naïve college student thinking that starting a blog would be my way into the sports-writing world.
Shockingly, it was.
I got to the point where I was a professional blogger, working for FanHouse, PlayboyU and receiving ad dollars here. Who knew that would ever be the case?
Times were humbling early. To spend the time writing a post and have six people read it isn't exactly encouraging. I didn't think the site would last. But over 1,900 posts and six million page views later, I'm so glad it did. To have people reading my words, leaving comments and laughing at my jokes was -- to put it bluntly -- pretty fucking cool.
I told myself that I'd stop this blog under two circumstances:
1. If it started slipping into mediocrity
2. If it became a job
Unfortunately, for the last year or so, it's been both. Spending hours writing posts after a full day of work has become a chore. On too many occasions I spent more time blogging than I did doing things that were far more important; this site twisted my priorities.
The Big Picture peaked about two years ago. The material was still fresh, jokes still crass and feeling still new. The recent slide has been a large part me and also the sports blogosphere getting so terribly cluttered that there were the few top sites and then hundreds of "everybody else."
In the early days, when bloggers were still figuring out this whole sports blogging thing, I knew my peers, the work they put in and what it took to operate a daily sports blog. Not so much the case anymore.
But it's been a fun ride. I've made friends, computer buddies and even got asked out on a date! Many thanks to all the loyal readers, the regular commenters (you know who you are!) and anyone who's stumbled across this small slice of the Web.
I'm still very reachable by email, so don't be shy. And I'll still be lurking around the blogosphere occasionally, checking up on all of your sites that I've come to love.
May all of your favorite teams win championships (as long as they're the San Francisco Giants and Washington Huskies). May athletes keep doing crazy shit to fuel sports blogs' content. May we continue to see huge upsets, epic games and unbelievable endings. Because, at the end of the day, that's what this site was always about: the love of sports.
Now it's time to hit that "Publish Post" button one final time. Goodnight sweet world. It's been real...
The Big Picture 2005-2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Then there are the go-to topics. Our favorite ideas, people and concepts that we often go to in order to put a smile on faces.
The anti-Jay Busbee campaign
If Phillip Rivers died a famous movie death...
The time I took an hour-long shit
Pre-Gaming: Trick 'r Treat
CFB Coverage > NFL Coverage
We've been put On Notice
A Letter From Barbaro
An interview with the Steelers' pilot
Torre: 'Hot seat? What hot seat?'
Things that aren't sports but are funny because we're really immature sometimes
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Some of the features stuck, some didn't. Some got big, others were one-and-done.
Here they are in all their glory:
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Some of these high-trafficked posts were good; some were thrown together in 10 minutes after finding a neat story. All were good for the site.
Here are some of the highlights:
- 5 Reasons Why the World Series Sucks
- Foul Ball Etiquette
- 10 Gym Personalities That Piss You Off
- Baseball Stadium Traditions
- Sports Fans We Love to Love
- Miserable Sports Cities
- Like Obama, The Big Picture is for change
- The most brutal losses you've ever endured
- Coaches with the most distinct appearance
- If Phillip Rivers died a famous movie death
- Rick Ankiel, your 2007 NL MVP
- Yao Ming could do like waaay better
- If MLB playoff contenders were Saved by the Bell characters
- If MLB players were Street Fighter II characters...
Monday, November 30, 2009
It's birthday week here. This site turns four on Saturday, so to celebrate, we'll be having a Best Of week.
Our favorite posts, best series and funniest jokes will all be showcased this week in a nice, tidy package.
There will be cake, ice cream and maybe some pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. If you're lucky...
We're going to culminate the week with a mega-ultra huge announcement.
Put on your party hats, buckle your seat belts and let's have a fun week!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
You're not working today or tomorrow, so neither are we.
But we thought we'd rank Thanksgiving food:
3. Sweet potatoes with two pounds of butter and brown sugar
5. Pumpkin cheesecake
6. Pumpkin pie
7. Pecan pie
8. Mashed potatoes
9. Jello-like cranberries
11. Squash soup
13. Other cranberries
14. Green beans
Happy Thanksgiving, knuckleheads. We'll see ya Monday...
They look super awesome -- can you imagine doing these plowed? It'd be called Velocity Jumping Stilts under the influence. Like a a VJSUI. That doesn't have a good ring to it. It sounds bad. Not bad: jumping stilts.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
What happens when the new star in town is off the team in 15 games or less? You get Allen Iverson jerseys in Tanzania.
Meanwhile, children in Memphis have Marc Gasol jerseys. Would it be wrong to ask which kids are luckier?
So what will happen to all of those unused Iverson jerseys?
The Grizzlies plan to ship the jerseys to impoverished children in Tanzania -- the birthplace of rookie center Hasheem Thabeet.
An NBA program -- Basketball Without Borders -- will facilitate the shipment to the African country. Basketball Without Borders is the NBA's global basketball development program that helps education, health and wellness.
[The Commercial Appeal via Ben Maller]