Well this marks the swan song for Hardcore Husky's front page. And what better way to go out than by using Meek's great quote from a recent post.
Why are we closing down the front page? Two reasons. One, I have lost all interest in writing about the Huskies. And frankly, the passion died a few years ago (which has been obvious to anyone paying attention).
I have interviewed people ranging from Ronnie Lott, Adrian Peterson, Napoleon Kaufman, Kenny Easley and Brandon Roy among many others. But that whole thing now feels like something from my past. I'm working on a new book now that is unrelated to UW football. My life is going in a different direction. My interests have taken a different turn. And the devotion I had for this team just doesn't exist anymore. I'll still watch the games, but my emotional involvement is minimal. And who knows, maybe one day it will rekindle. But for now, I can no longer go along yearning for it to return when it just isn't there.
The second reason for the change is that the war is over. Tyrone, Turner, Emmert, Woodward and Sark are all gone. Dawgman.com is a shell of its former self. Chris Peterson is in place and Jen Cohen is doing a spectacular job. (Despite the jokingly chauvinistic title of this article, she's truly doing an admirable job. She has been everything Hardcore Husky Nation could hope for and more).
Of course, our message boards aren't going anywhere. I know this will disappoint the usual suspects. Our merry band of Crispin Day warriors aren't going anywhere. We're still monitoring the UW. Should they slip up, we shall return to the hills like the Viet Cong and the Cuban rebels and whatever other ridiculous comparisons we've drawn over the years.
Our message boards continue to set traffic records each month relative to the previous year. This past December we tallied 1.95 million page views, which was our best month ever. I foresee a day when we will top 5 million page views a month.
People come to Hardcore Husky see the train wreck posts and in-fighting. To read the great recruiting content from CokeGreaterThanPepsi and Dennis_De_Young. And to ponder the timeless wit and wisdom of Race Bannon. The cherry on top is the debauched rants of Puppylove_Sugarsteel. Plus just the cast of characters we have here-- you never know what you're going to get each day you log on.
I love this community we've built and that's what drives me still. We're now becoming like our original role model, ShaggyTexas.com (formerly ShaggyBevo).
The change will take place sometime in the next 1-5 days.