Dear Greg Hansen, I’m the ‘goof’ who started the Foles websiteby Anthony Gimino on Sep. 27, 2010, under Nick Foles, Sports
I don’t read the print edition of the Arizona Daily Star, and I’m not inclined to pay for whatever on-line content they temporarily put behind a pay wall, so I didn’t see Greg Hansen’s column Sunday on the Arizona-Cal game.
But by Monday morning, I had managed to find a copy of the story, which was well done, especially considering writing a game column on deadline carries the second-highest degree of difficulty of any job in the stadium, right after covering Juron Criner one-on-one late in the game.
Although it was difficult to choke down Hansen’s lead:
How much did life change after Arizona beat Iowa and jumped to No. 14 in the nation? As God is my witness, some goof started a “Nick Foles for Heisman” campaign.
So, that’s how I found out I was a goof.
I don’t know if Hansen knew I created the site in question — foles4heisman.com — last week. Whatever. Doesn’t matter. He never came back to the idea, anyway. And he must not have even looked at the site. If he had, he would have realized it’s not a campaign, or a “fanboy” site or a place to sell T-shirts and coffee mugs.
Since Greg brought it up (thanks, Greg!), let us explain …
My first post on the site told everyone what it is — and what it isn’t — and it’s still right there on the front page if you just click on the “About” button right at the top:
Our goal isn’t necessarily to endorse Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles for the Heisman Trophy. We intend for this to be broader than just Foles’ rising or falling fortunes for the award.
(Although at his current pace, and if the Wildcats make a serious run for the Pac-10 title, he’ll have to be in the discussion.)
Whether all that comes to pass or not, Foles already has made a huge impact in a program lacking in quarterback tradition. And we want to be here to chronicle it. Unofficially, of course. We are not affiliated with the university.
Consider this a one-stop shop for all Foles-related material, original and otherwise, from all across the web.
And, no, we don’t actually have a Heisman vote.
That’s what it is: “A one-stop shop for all Foles-related material.”
Who would have a problem with that?
Oh, I know. You don’t like the word “Heisman” in there. Was it too much, too soon? Well, get over it. You ever heard of search engine optimization? You ever heard of trying to get ahead of the curve a bit?
Then there’s this other thing: I’ve heard how the site will be a jinx. Really? Didn’t we stop believing in stuff like that when we were 12 years old? If I had that kind of hex power, I would have started MarianoRiveraIsGod.com just about the day I connected to the internet.
I mean, Arizona could be in the midst of its best season in a dozen years, led by a guy who might be the first UA quarterback ever drafted in the Pac-10 years. I think we can have a little fun with this.
Besides, as Javier Morales of WildAboutAZCats.com wrote on my site, “Foles4AllPac10QB.com … doesn’t have the same nice ring to it as Foles4Heisman.com.”
(Morales definitely was no goof when he started his site, a complete labor of love, in the spring of 2009 as a clearinghouse for information on Arizona basketball’s coaching search.)
As with his site, I hope to make mine a professionally done journalistic endeavor where we won’t take credit for “I talked to” interviews that aren’t completely ours.
I hope to make it a professionally done journalistic endeavor where we will link to any and all things relevant, no matter the source, including the Daily Star. We’re all inclusive.
Basically, the Foles site is another extension of what we do here at the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network, whose sole contracted part-timer (me) and a band of bloggers (most of which are barely paid) produce content that I would feel good about stacking up against that from the morning paper.
We’re not them. They’re not us. They do things we can’t. We do things they don’t.
More for everyone. The fans win.
That’s the thing. Even with the closure of the Tucson Citizen print edition in May 2009, fans don’t have to settle for whatever they get from the Star.
There is TucsonCitizen.com, re-imagined as a community blog site. FoxSportsArizona.com (to which I contribute) started up several months ago, offering original local content and the power of its national network. There is Morales’ site, still a relative newcomer and going strong.
Another of our partners, WildcatSportsReport.com, recently joined the new 247network, a growing collection of team sites brought to you by the people who helped Rivals.com rise to prominence. And, yes, there is the Arizona site — goazcats.com — on Rivals.com. There’s more beyond that, too.
Choices, choices, choices.
So, I offer one more.
With foles4heisman.com — still very much in a work in progress — I hope to carve out my little niche of the coverage pie. Just because I can. Because I thought it might be fun. Because I thought it might be entertaining/informative/interesting to dig deeper into a subject than a daily newspaper can.
Besides, I wanted to make sure I registered the domain name before that guy who started @sunshineheisman on Twitter did.
I guess he’s a goof, too.
And, uh, if there is a jinx … blame him.