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Thank You Sponsors

It’s been long past time since I sent out thank-yous. My mother is raging in eternity that I have misplaced my manners.

This offseason, we published over 100 #TheSeason recaps across two states. This is a unique feature not found elsewhere close, anyway. These are early-radar scouting reports on a good chunk of your immediate competition. We made several appearances at offseason events — around a dozen or so, maybe 15, most recently road-tripping to Osceola for Super 32.

And we began prepping for the season to come.

We didn’t have many days off this “off-season.” A few, but not many. And starting today, there’s likely not to be any off-days between now and April.

The donations from folks like these — who’ve donated online or sent via regular mail — have my gratitude, however belated my public thanks are. Life becomes a little easier with them. This is particularly true in this fall season, the first one since 2015 where I have not covered a dozen football games for local media. I’ve liked having Friday nights free to do things like buy groceries, or work, or as importantly, not work, but it’s made the budget a bit tighter.

We’ve started our Georgia preview writing — our first of seven was just completed today — and we’re still working with coaches to collect schedules. So far, for both states, we’re a little over 40 in hand out of around 120 or so. As we get close to October, we’re going to try to follow college wrestlers once again through our #NextLevel feature.

If you have opportunity to donate in the near-future — and I recognize that may be difficult, but believe me, any amount is helpful — I would ask you to reach out via Venmo or Paypal; if you prefer an alternative means, hit me up on Facebook and we’ll work something out.

Our most recent donations have come from the following folks, some Georgia and some Florida:

  • Kevin Glavin
  • St Johns Wrestling Academy
  • John Villenueva
  • Rod Maritato
  • Joey Secoy
  • Matthew Lawrence
  • Scott Snyder
  • John & Jennifer Mulvany
  • Bryan Fortay

The work continues, more or less without stopping. Thanks for continuing to read us — I know you have other options — and for your consideration.

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Thank You Sponsors

The offseason is here, and the work gets even more long and lonely than before.

We’ll miss being at Clay Saturday, but we’ll be back next weekend at Westside, so there’ll be some more IG photos to post. We made the drive to Tyrant a couple of weekends ago, and there’ll be other things we attend.

And then there’s #TheSeason. A lot of hours — although less than in the past so far this year — get put into this project. Coaches (and maybe a few kids and their parents) can use them as a way to scout their competition not only in seeing who’s back for a given school, but also they can see every single match that competitor at another school has wrestled, all in one list.

It still takes time to generate. Only one coach sends me end-of-year stats (and he’s not even in the coverage area). But it’s a good scouting report for you, helps making up previews easier for me.

Since our last #ThankYou post, things have brightened a lot. I won’t be moving back to the Midwest, at least not for the foreseeable future. I still am looking for partnerships that might allow me opportunities to provide you some new content. It’s still an enterprise that has outgrown our ability to do the job as well as I would like it to be done; I’m always disappointed that I could be doing more but just can’t.

That’s why the donations from folks like these — who’ve donated since last time — are a source of gratitude for me, not simply because it makes my life a little easier (it does; a couple of these have really helped out) but also because it’s recognition that our work has value out in the community.

  • Ryan Durham
  • Cary Helton
  • Kenneth DeFord
  • Daniel Brewer
  • Lindsay Bibla
  • Joe Mobley
  • Charlie Hunter

Back to work on our next #TheSeason. We’re already almost a quarter of the way done and it’s not even mid-April yet. HOW IS IT EVEN APRIL YET

Just as offseasons make next year’s champions, offseasons make our in-season work so much stronger.

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#ThankYou: To The Sponsors

Before I head out for today, in what will be a very long weekend round these parts, I wanted to again express some appreciation — these words are really not enough, though I’m not really free to wash cars or mow lawns until after the season’s over.

We’ve got things we’re going through at Basecamp #Due, and I’ll share a bit more about that in the off-season, I should think. And we all, you all (fine Y’ALL) included, are going through some things.

Which makes your generous donations much appreciated.

We’ve quite frankly outgrown our ability to do this job, and until we achieve another business model (heads up: if you know things about business planning, Web businesses and the like, I want to pick your brain this off-season), donations are right now the only way to show appreciation for the size of this work.

And between the things we’re going through, and the growth we’ve had, we’re constantly asking ourselves if it’s worth it. We don’t always know. Results don’t come in. Emails asking for them don’t get answered. Some folks are rude. That’s life, but you know, this is a volunteer thing; I could be at the beach today (yeah, I know, it’s too cold).

Then there are situations like this week, with the spectre of potentially very real threat to the future of the website in play, when two very generous donations came in. The donors are sprinkled in along with those whom I can reliably track going back to my last #ThankYou post, which was criminally long ago, and again, apologies for that:

  • Laura Paridon
  • William Pyburn
  • Brian VanVactor
  • Kenneth DeFord (our most frequent benefactor)
  • Johan Olarte
  • Alex Vugman
  • An anonymous coach
  • John Mulvany (a Georgia parent)
  • John Rogerson

If you gave to me via GoFundMe in the last six months, I thank you, though I can’t list you because the link has expired and I can no longer access it.

The donations don’t pay my bills, I have that almost completely covered in paid work, but they do provide options. A little quality of life. And I realize anew the impact the work is having out there.

And donations of any size or type are always welcome. Our most generous donor over the past few seasons has provided in-kind services to my family for some while now.

If – and I should stress IF because I always said I wouldn’t in the past, but circumstances are changing beyond my measly control — we go to a subscription model, it’s going to be a very friendly one for all income levels.

And thank you simply for reading to the end of this post, and all the ends of all the posts I’ve written.

Gotta go to work now. The kids need their ‘Gram photos. Fletcher first, and then Flagler, and then a mountain of results from two states tonight. The work on-site is the easy and fun part. The drives home and the long hours alone, that’s where the real donuts get made.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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State duals in Georgia come to a close on Saturday! Check out the latest on our affiliated site at  http://sgamatmen.wordpress.com
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