DMD Posted December 15, 2006 Share Posted December 15, 2006 A retrospective... One fact amazes me. I was an original poster on this board. I am on it literally every day. I have every reason to be here. And yet I am only the 41st person to top 10,000 posts. In case you were not aware, The Huddle started because both Whitney and I were in the same fantasy league at the company where we worked (EDS). I won the league in 1995 and as the scorer for the league, I would publish elaborate reports every Tuesday for the league all done by hand. In 1996 at the draft, Whitney - who I only knew of and did not directly work with - was chatting with me about the internet and such and he mentioned that we should open a web site because there really were not any on the internet at the time. We were both top owners in that league (he won that year). In what would become a telling difference between us, I would show up to the draft with just one sheet of paper for my cheat sheet and he would come with notebooks and highlighters and magazines. When he drafted he would make write down the bye week beside every player he would draft though it took us all a while to figure out what he was doing on the board. In January of 1997, Whitney called me up and brought up the idea of a website again. Our first big meeting was to decide on a name for the site when we met at a Round Table Pizza place between our houses. I wish I still had our lists of potential names, but easily the best one was "The Huddle" which amazingly was still available. In 1997, our web site cost us $39.99 a month and we took turns paying it every other month. It was coded using Hot Dog by Sausage software, which was basically handcrafting the pages with it helping on the html tags. We had to upload pages in order to see what they actually looked like. It was a happy day when tables were invented in HTML. Sadly the pages from 1997 are gone with the ravages of time. Our logo initially took up about the entire top half of the page. Unfortunately it was all the year before the web archives began so that is lost. I started producing the site on a 17" monitor with a 386-SX computer with a 30 MB harddrive I had custom made for me. One of the things that I really wanted on our site was a message board because there were none out there anywhere for FF other than the newsgroup. As has been brought up before, when we started out I would go out and pretend to be different people asking questions and then I would later return to answer them. Big Country was one of the very first people ever on the board, as were Roland and Skippy as I recall. This is an example of the type of message board we had in 1997. Some tidbits from the web archive: This is the way that the message board menu looked in 1998 Here is our message board in 2000 Here is the homepage from December, 1998. It may not look like much, but it was considered "the bomb" at the time and people were damn glad to have it. Home page in 1999 Home page in 2001 I have written the Tunnel Vision since 1998 - I just wrote my 150th one last Sunday night. They take me most of the day to do and are usually finished about 2 AM. Each year they include more it seems. The humble beginnings of the TV (as we call it): 1999 Tunnel Vision I have written the Game Predictions and Projections since the site started in 1997. The GP (as we call it) requires more work than you can imagine and I actually start the process of writing it on Wednesday of the previous week. Every waking minute every Monday and Tuesday are devoted solely to that - Basically I work three straight 16 hour days starting on Sunday morning. A 1998 Game Prediction In 1999, we were courted by Fox Sports. We supplied them with all their fantasy football content that year and we switched our message boards from our own UBB to one ran by the most reviled name in MB history - "Delphi". That little fiasco was but one of several negatives that came out of that year, some of which I am contractually bound to never discuss. Suffice it to say what was supposed to be a banner year ended up as one major headache after another, punctuated with the occasional black eye or a kick in the shins. We were the first FF site with a message board and the first with the UBB board that proved far superior. This year we will run the smackbowl for the tenth time. Things I have disclosed over the years on the message board 1. I hate ants after being bitten by one that gave me a swollen finger which made it hard to type. 2. I have been in accidents involving a car, train, motorcyle and boat. I have been electrocuted and almost drowned once. My parents were told I only had maybe a 50% chance of living after the train/car thing. 3. I like guns 4. I had a mohawk before. I really liked it but was it was not popular with significant members of my family. 5. My favorite movies of all-time are Groundhog Day, Red Dawn, Saving Private Ryan and The Count of Monte Cristo. Things you may not know 1. I love science and statistics and yet I am the most superstitious person that I know. 2. I will delete threads that I absolutely love because they do not belong on the site. 3. I actually have strong opinions on everything but it is not my place to discuss them here. And you'd likely be wrong if you guessed. I love debating things. 4. In 1998, there was a post by Gridiron Assassin about a note that he had in his pocket that was the first ever with 100 replies. We all thought that was astounding at the time. Now it is routine. 5. The message board is under an assault this year by spammers who I guess think posting something gets it picked up by a spider and gives them a higher ranking. I cruise new regiatrations daily and have probably caught over 200 so far before they could post. 6. If you think you know how long it takes to write the material on the site, multiply that by 8 and you might be correct. 7. I have written a book that is being published by Warner Books that is coming out next summer called "Fantasy Football: The Next Level" about advance strategy and FF analysis in general. 8. I was a speaker at a FF convention here in Dallas this summer and then drafted in the "FF Championship of Texas" afterwards with 200 or so other teams. With luck, I just may have a nice showing in the playoffs there. 9. I love to go metal detecting (I own three) but not for coins in a park, only for relics over 100 years old. 10. When I have the time, which is rare, I take tremendous entertainment from changing around the bad word filters just to see how I can contruct funny sentences based on how I think people may use banned words. I guess that's enough. Sorry for no pictures - not enough time in-season to scour the internet or post my own. I appreciate everyone here and the message board is more important to me than you could know. It has it's limits and restrictions, but overall it has been a lot of fun for the last ten years... and 10,000 posts. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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