On this day in 2004, Giants 101 as we know it was born. I published my very first article at 9:47 AM EST, covering the decision of kicker Steve Christie to sign with the New York Football Giants as opposed to retiring. Truth be told, that feels like a lifetime ago.
It's hard to imagine that a tiny blog with a grand total of zero readers would become what it is today. It almost seems fitting that the Giants 101/Fan Van tailgate took place this past week so that we could see just how popular and meaningful this website has become for so many. It was a truly overwhelming experience for myself, Jen and Paul – it was like nothing we could have ever expected.
The truth is, we still don't have a grasp on how popular Giants 101 has become. For me, it's still just an outlet (that now comes with many more strings attached) to write about and discuss my favorite team. No matter how many times we appear on ESPN, NFL.com, Pro Football Talk, etc. … it never really hits home. The elation of people meeting us on Wednesday was almost uncomfortable because in reality, who the hell are we? And I've always been of the mindset that without you readers, this site would be absolutely nothing – it would still be that irrelevant blog on Most Valuable Network with zero traffic.
Every year I say the same thing: "I can't believe it's been another year." It's been an incredible ride for so very many reasons, and we'll all look for it to continue.
We've seen tremendous growth over the last eight years, we've shared in two Super Bowl Championships and we've also experienced incredible pain and sadness with the loss of one of our very own, Mr. James Douglas (JD in Dallas), who passed away earlier this year.
It's been a wide range of experiences for all of us who are a part of Giants 101, and that will continue for the foreseeable future – hopefully with several more championships along the way!
For today, we say Happy Birthday to Giants 101. And Giants 101 says thank you to everyone reading!
Nominate! - On the birthday of Giants 101, nominations for the Giants 101 Hall of Fame begin. James Douglas will be enshrined under the fan wing, so we now need to compile a legitimate list for the Tim Carter (confident players who were hyped by our readers, but never made it due to injuries) wing and the Jonas Seawright (players who had 0 experience during the regular season but were hyped endlessly by our readers, yet never lived up to it for non-injury reasons) wing. Please list your nominations based on the appropriate wing. Voting will begin as early as this afternoon.
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