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Oh Hey There

August 05, 2013 at 12:19am by Scott   •  27 Comments »

So, what would you say you do here?
So, it’s been a little while, eh? I don’t know how much sense I’m going to make in this post where I try to explain why entries have been so sparse and, frankly, boring. I’m mostly typing this off the cuff, so if you’re not into free form meandering and gibberish, feel free not to click the MORE button. Something Buccaneer-related will be coming soon enough.

The first entry to this blog was on March 9, 2005. Joey Galloway had just been re-signed and it was mostly a test post to see if I could get a blog up and running in conjunction with the stats database I had already published. Turns out I could. That’s all this blog was back then — something a little more creative to do in between upgrades to the stats. Statistics was really my main focus. NFL.com was pretty lame and the Bucs’ web site just had team records. I was more interested in being able to compare players from different eras and compile useless lists of yards and touchdowns and interceptions, so writing was definitely secondary. I had written on other sites in the past, but didn’t really consider myself a writer. And the world agreed with me, at least for a while since it took months for the first comment to appear (an old buddy named Ski who ran a long defunct Bucs site also and who I assume is now dead or got a girlfriend). But the dearth of quality Buccaneer writing on the web, my inexplicable love of the Jon Gruden/Chris Simms pairing and a whole ton of free time mixed to provide inspiration, and so I kept writing. And for eight years, I didn’t stop.

I wrote several entries a day, five days a week (sometimes more) for YEARS. I know people that have gone through several jobs and had several children since this has been going. Every now and then I would take a week-long vacation and maybe someone would fill in for me, but even then I was doing stuff behind the scenes. Readers and commenters were telling me how much they liked the site and how it was the only source for good Buccaneer information and we were having meaningful discussions about football and players, or we were having meaningless discussions about chicks and beer and how we would fake our own deaths and that was fun too. It was so much fun that I didn’t want to stop, which is great in the blog world since nothing destroys a readership like stagnancy. So on we go with three, four, five entries per day in some cases. Long ones, too. Through site changes and the removal of the stats and redesigns and everything, the entries continued.

Fast forward to about a year ago, and the whole process just became so uninspiring for me. There was a lot more going on in my life at that point along with a whole conglomeration of circumstances and after a while every single entry became such a chore. Each entry took about ten times longer than it should have and I dreaded it. And so the punctuality that I prided myself on for so long just kind of… fell away. I remember the first time I missed a day without posting something. I came back to the site the next day and lo and behold it was still there. The world didn’t end. And so one day became two became a week became what you see now. So, what are all these circumstances, you ask?

1) I don’t talk a lot about my personal life on here — my real personal life, anyway. For those of you who only know me through this site, it may surprise you to find out that I am not actually an alcoholic, whore-mongoring, sexual deviant with a thing for glue-huffing midgets. I’m a 40(ish) year old father of two who has actually been sober(ish) for 20 years now. I don’t even swear nearly as much in real life as I do on this site. An online persona is fun because you can write really outlandish stuff — things you would never say to your in-person friends — and explore that side of your personality. So early on when I would go on a rant about Gruden or Bruce Allen or whatever stupid thing was going on, it kind of triggered something a little more primal that I didn’t normally engage. This site was a good place to let some of that out, and it seemed to fit with the overall theme. And I have to admit it was fun. But eight years is a long time to keep that up, and I just don’t have the energy or angst or desire to be that snarky asshole anymore. And I kind of felt like I had to in order to keep up appearances and keep the theme of the site going. Every now and then is fine and healthy and, again, fun. But I just can’t be that guy full time anymore.

2) I used to have a TON of free time. You know that scene in Office Space where Peter is meeting with the Bobs and he says, “I’d say in a given week I probably only do about 15 minutes of real, actual, work.” That really happens. I worked at a place like that and 15 minutes may have been stretching it some weeks. So I had entire work days to devote to the Bucs and the site. Combine that with a marriage where I barely saw my wife and a distinct lack of any real hobbies and you’ve got a full-time blogger. It was kind of like prison. I lifted a lot of weights and found something creative to pass the time. My job has changed considerably and I now have real (read: paying) work to do during the day. I also got divorced last year and — surprise! — I have a real personal life now (you may read into that whatever you like; I look forward to your speculations). And it’s great one. So Bucstats got knocked down the priority list a few pegs.

3) I am sick to death of this format. A subject line, a banner pic and some body text. Everybody does it now. And there are about a hundred new Bucs sites that weren’t around before. There is nothing really distinctive about this site like there used to be when it was all fresh. I would like to find a new format to do this with. I’d like it to be more interactive than just me posting a story and everyone else commenting on it. I’d like the discussions to be more free-flowing, but the message board on this site was nothing but a spam repository. And message boards are kind of old hat anyway. I thought about just making the site a Facebook page and letting them provide all the toys. It’s still a consideration, but something about that seems lame. And my site tends to draw people who wouldn’t want their real-life friends on Facebook to know the kind of stuff they’re posting on Bucstats. The idea of a podcast has been floated before, and I find that intriguing, but you really need two people to do that. Any Atlanta readers who would be interested in participating in that can contact me. But at the moment, I’m at a creative standstill with this right now. But I do know I would like more user contributions to keep things more lively and interesting.

4) I just plain needed a break. If I had taken a couple months off several years ago, I may not have burned out, may have continued to be inspired to write (despite having less time) and things would still be rolling. But I just needed some time when I didn’t feel like it was this obligation to keep posting even when I found it miserable.

I still love the Bucs and still plan to write about them. Now that training camp is going on, I’ve been keeping up a little more and trying to find some angles to write about. I’m not going to report “news” unless I hear something exclusive because, frankly, you can get news anywhere. Twitter has made getting inside information to the public first a lot harder. So when I read something that makes me want to write, I’ll write. But I’ll be writing in my own voice, on my own schedule. It has to be this way now. I’m looking for people who are inspired to contribute and add their own voice to the site. And as far as a new format, I’m open to ideas.

I want to thank all my awesome, loyal readers for continuing to check in here even when I’ve been incredibly negligent. I hope as the site progresses and changes, you will feel your loyalty was rewarded.

27 Comments to “Oh Hey There”

JV

JV (August 05, 2013 at 08:03am:

Scott,

Although I don’t post often, I check your site almost daily, if not multiple times a day eager to learn if there is some new Bucs news I’ve not yet been made aware of, or to get your unique and entertaining perspective on it. I have always marveled at your talent for this and how you made the time to keep it going.

As a father of 3 and having your typical “office space” type job myself, I completely understand where you are coming from, and respect your need to prioritize your life.

While I may miss the old format, I certainly understand and will support whichever direction you and any other contributors take it. I will continue to follow Bucstats regardless, and attempt to contribute if and when I can.

I think we all owe you a big “Thank you” for continuing to update and entertain us on the team we love for the past 8 years.

Thank you Scott!

TheBrainStem

TheBrainStem (August 05, 2013 at 10:54am:

I am still here. Dynamics change and I think we all can understand the changes that have happened and how what changes are to come.

I totally get what you mean about blogs. There has been a mass uprising of them. So if you can’t dedicate a lot of time to a blog you can’t really separate yourself from the rest of them. Some of the bigger blogs and outlets have a few writers so it is easier to do post everyday. My girlfriend has a blog and she might do a post or two a week.

@Scott I know you have the chatroom thingy but what about the google site where you can chat face to face. Maybe schedule chats and maybe having reader suggested posts.

Going in a different direction. My girlfriend is having a giveaway on her blog. It is for the “Run for your Lives” 5k. It is for 2 entries into any race for the rest of 2013. If you haven’t heard of it just google it or youtube it.
Here is the link.
http://orangespoken.com/2013/07/30/rfylgiveaway/

Today is the last day so enter now if you want to win.

You don’t have to read her blog although that it would be nice. Here blog is about life and cooking so there are some good recipes on there as well.

Thanks for all you have done.

cubsandbucsfan

cubsandbucsfan (August 05, 2013 at 12:35pm:

Thanks Scott, for the explanation and candor. The fact is you cant give away what you dont have. During the season this site has been my go-to for all things Bucs. Whatever the evolution of this is, I am fan of your and that laughs you brought.

Glen_Runciter

Glen_Runciter (August 05, 2013 at 01:12pm:

I just want to say that bucstats has always been my favourite Bucs blog.
maybe doesn’t have the most info, or not the quickest, but your shit is fun to read, and by God, you know way more about football than most professional sport bloggers

FlyerBR

FlyerBR (August 05, 2013 at 01:33pm:

Hey Scott, just wanna say thank you for everything.
Altough I have an account, I’ve never commented here.
I’ve been following bucstats since the 2009 draft and since then, just as Glen said, this blog has been my favourite site to look for bucs news.

Really, Scott, just thanks for all the laughs. Those laughs made the fustration of being a bucs fan these last phew years a lot more bearable.

I wish success in your next endeavours. I guarantee I’ll be reading/watching whatever you do from now on.

manbearpig

manbearpig (August 05, 2013 at 04:38pm:

You don’t have to explain yourself to us Scott, although I’m sure we all appreciate it. You’ve been providing a free service to all of us. So thank you. Even though the Internet can be used as anonymous blogging its cool to get a glimpse into yals lives. I’ve always wondered who it is I’m joking around with on here. Come to find out I’m not the old guy. I’m 32, happily married, and have the raddest three year son a dad could ask for. Living on the coast of Virginia, this blog is where I have to go to “hang” with bucs fans like myself. You could say your blog is my sports bar. I grab a beer sit on the couch and see what kind of funny shit you guys have to say. I’m glad things are starting to go your way Scott. Whatever direction you take this site we will be right behind you. Thanks for all the laughs and bewbs!

DanishBucs

DanishBucs (August 05, 2013 at 04:43pm:

It is not easy being a diehard fan of a team who plays their home games thousands of miles away. Nor is it easy to keep up with alle the latest buzz and news.

Bucstats has been my main channel of all things Bucs related since I first discovered the site some years ago.

I have ofte wondered how You managed to keep the site so up to date. I now know that it came with a price.

I hope you get the inspiration back and will keep following Bucstats in whatever shape or form it is going to end op.

Seriously thanks for the hard work man – and the laughs.

They have been much appreciated.

TnBuc

TnBuc (August 05, 2013 at 05:00pm:

Dang, it is starting to sound like a funeral here… Thanks Scott for all the years. What with there being no real sports here in Knoxville, I really enjoy this site! Buc fans are unique in that we are always waiting for the other shoe to fall when we get news/updates. At least it has been, WILL be fun in the future. God Bless bro’.

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (August 05, 2013 at 05:41pm:

have you thought of making an area were any of us can post kinda like the chat room I guess but permanent that way if you don’t feel like posting maybe someone else will I cant tell you how many times I have been updated through someone elses comments on a very old update takes the pressure off of you a bit and puts the content up to us

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (August 05, 2013 at 05:42pm:

p.s. thanks for all you do and I love this place because im from north Dakota and there is ZERO bucs fans up here lol

Crunchy4582

Crunchy4582 (August 05, 2013 at 09:18pm:

Scott- just wanted to say thanks for the great blog. I have enjoyed it for years.

I don’t know how you do it but I hope you know how much it is appreciated. I am in Atlanta too and usually end up at Millers on football Sundays with the ATL Bucs club. If you ever make it up there one game day I’d love to buy you a beer.

Matt Price

Matt Price (August 06, 2013 at 12:08am:

Scott, This is actually the only site I check for Bucs news and opinion. Your take is usually right on and it’s delivered in an hilarious way. You’ve easily been head and shoulders above the rest.

Also, as someone who runs several blogs (in non-football stuff) and knows what it takes to keep going, and has seen how many bloggers start fast and die off within days, weeks, months, you shouldn’t discount what you’ve achieved. You’ve produced a ton of work and you’ve done it at a really high level. Nobody at ESPN or the NFL.com feels like a must read to me, but you do.

Thanks and best wishes. :D

dwtalso

dwtalso (August 06, 2013 at 10:30am:

Thanks for the blog, Scott. I’ve really enjoyed your sense of humor and perspective on the team.

Good luck, Scott :).

Mark S

Mark S (August 06, 2013 at 05:58pm:

No worries. Personally I would have burned out long ago. I am still a big fan and look forward to getting your perspective on our Bucs. I always enjoy the way you turn coach-speak, PR-speak and Fennelly-speak into what it really says. Always fun for us, I hope it becomes fun for you again. Maybe you should consider sharing the load. Saving your contribution for the important stuff or stuff that strikes your fancy.

avanderlay

avanderlay (August 06, 2013 at 08:54pm:

Scott, Bucstats is the greatest Bucs site, not because we come here for exclusive breaking news or a steady stream of info, but because it’s entertaining as hell and you understand the game and the team. And yea, the boobs, they help.

I have 2 kids and don’t always have much to say or time to say it, but I have a ton of experience in WordPress and might be interested in contributing when I’m fired up, intoxicated, or otherwise inclined to rant about the team.

If you do want to change things up, one thing that may be interesting is to check out the WP theme P2 – it could very easily turn the site into a microblog for any/all users… and a couple users could help moderate it if necessary… http://wordpress.org/themes/p2

That said, I still think you need a format that will have space for clickys and thoroughly ripping apart Tampa beat writers.

RustyRhino

RustyRhino (August 06, 2013 at 09:07pm:

Thank you Scott!For all the news and gameday chat. Been times that was the only way I 2as “tuned”in to the games. I’m another BUCCANEER Fan in atl been a few times to Miller’s Bucs FANS Sunday. Cool folks.

jampersands

jampersands (August 06, 2013 at 09:35pm:

On top of your legitimately funny and always fair commentary, the thing that has kept me coming back to this site for about 3-4 years is the community. I don’t know why, but typically:

normal dude + football + internet anonymity = insufferable asshole

For some reason, likely due in part to Scott’s damnably logical take on most things, this site seems to attract a different sort. I love this site and look forward to whatever its next incarnation may be. And while I don’t know if more user-generated content is the way to go, I really think that this community is something that ought to be preserved, and potentially put to positive use.

jampersands

jampersands (August 06, 2013 at 09:37pm:

I’m also kinda intrigued by the twitter-inspired layout avanderlay has suggested.

jampersands

jampersands (August 06, 2013 at 09:45pm:

Did you guys see?! Arrelious Benn just tore his ACL! Dominik does it again… see also Aqib Talib, Brian Price, and(regrettably) Gaines Adams.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (August 06, 2013 at 10:21pm:

I may have other outlets for breaking news about the Bucs, but there’s multiple things that keep me coming back to this site. Scott’s funny, non-mainstream, and common sense take on the Bucs has always been a motivating factor that keeps me visiting. The clickys are also a great touch as well. But like jampersands said above, the community that this site has attracted is the coolest part of this glorious corner of the internet we call Bucstats.com

Since I started following the site four years ago, the community of Bucstats has been so impressive because everybody is so football savvy. We can actually discuss football, life, hot chicks, and other random shit without judgment or fear of dealing with idiots in the comments section that don’t know what they’re talking about (*cough* JoeBucsFan *cough*). We’ve busted each others balls at times, but when random trolls/morons/idiots try to invade, we band together and run those schmucks off with such force that they never dare enter our neighborhood ever again.

I am fully behind Scott no matter what direction he decides to take the site. He didn’t have to give an explanation, but the fact that he did makes him that much cooler in my book.

Glen_Runciter

Glen_Runciter (August 07, 2013 at 11:41am:

@jampersands
yeah, Dominik is quite good at deciding when to get rid of someone. when we let a player go, most of the time turns out he is done.
now, I’m not saying I wish a serious injury onto Bennett, or Miller, not at all…

Aesir_B

Aesir_B (August 07, 2013 at 12:40pm:

I’m so grateful for all the laughs you have provided me over the many years I have been following your site. The fact that I remember Jeff Garcia joining the team and the Carmela pics makes me realize how long it has been. Often my girlfriend would know immediately that I was reading bucstats in the mornings because I would sit there chuckling or laughing out loud at the entries. I would slightly panic on some saturdays when there was nothing new until I remembered it was weekend so nothing new would be up until Monday. I always wondered how you managed to produce the sheer volume you did, frequent lengthy and witty entries. The fact this site never got quite the following it deserves always puzzled me, because in my mind it does the things that much larger football/humor blogging sites do even better, and those are run by people whose primary occupation it is to run those sites professionally.

Shout out to the community also, curiously made up out of a large percentage of Bucs fans who do not live locally and I know in my case sometimes need a place to be able to share the Buc frustration/excitement in the chat room while watching a crappy stream on 30second delay. Or a place to get some tips on Tampa Buc-related sightseeing etc.

More to the point, I hope that you will find a way to use the site that will give you the same satisfaction as it did before. I’d love to see what you or anyone else in the bucstats community can come up with, providing you feel like you want to keep stretching that creative muscle Scott. I’ll keep coming here in whatever happens, this is still will remain the homepage on every browser I have.

jarldg

jarldg (August 07, 2013 at 12:48pm:

I love the site- I’ve been reading it for seven years. I appreciated your snark, but above all your no bullshit attitude. I’m always going to read this site, it’s been my home page forever. I contribute on bucsnation and would be happy to contribute in whatever fashion deemed necessary here.

Keep putting forward anything- even if it’s a small column a month, and I’ll be reading. We all appreciated the joy.

DI

DI (August 07, 2013 at 05:36pm:

Hey Scott,

Since everything that can be said has already been said, I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the work you put in all these years. Your life and your priorities are always more important and we understand and support you through whatever you got going on.

Thank you again
Devan

tfisher

tfisher (August 07, 2013 at 07:22pm:

Hey Scott,

I was only made aware of your site about a year ago (and at the time, was very curious about the discrepancy between the format and the url name until the explanation above) and immediately added it to my bookmarks and Bucs site rotation, even though I don’t comment very often.

I am a massive Bucs fan, like everyone else here, and have been since I picked up a football. The problem is that I’ve always lived in Michigan or Chicago, so I get all of my info online from various sites and Bucs blogs like Bucsnation and Joebucsfan.

Here’s the point: I thoroughly enjoy your site the most out of ALL OF THEM. I don’t care about reporting the news first – it’s easy to find news updates. They’re everywhere. It’s your hilarious and intriguing comments and perspectives that make this site downright entertaining. It’s truly a breath of fresh air compared to all of the other repetitive BS.

I began to notice the lesser frequency of updates that lead up to this long absence and was worried that you had quit…

The explanation is appreciated but unnecessary. What you do shouldn’t be an obligation. That’s fully understandable. I was just want to let you know that I love this site and greatly appreciate the work you do.

HouseofG

HouseofG (August 09, 2013 at 04:51pm:

I’ll echo everyone else’s “thanks”, Scott. This is the only Bucs, nay, the only sports blog I bother to read, so it’ll be a bummer if you call it a day, but I’d also fully understand.

However, if you ARE going to slow down, I’ve got the perfect format for this crew. Just post daily porn and give us a treat every now and then with…a clicky! You know, you click on the boobs and get a Bucs photo and content. You’re welcome!

BamBamBuc

BamBamBuc (August 11, 2013 at 10:08pm:

I’d simply like to say thank you for providing this site for our entertainment. I don’t believe it’s ever been the same as “the other sites” simply because of the Tag line, pic and write up. You have always made it different and interesting. It’s rare to find a place that didn’t have that “politically correct” feel to it. I prefer the blunt honesty given here over the pandering and catering other sites give to the team and media. The clickies further demonstrate the anti-politically correctness of the site, which I think we all appreciate. The group of people that post comments here all seem to be good people and great fans.

Whatever you decide in how to move forward, again I’d like to say thanks. You didn’t have to do this, but you did. Enjoy life, enjoy football. I’ll always keep checking in until it goes away for good.

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