Don’t cry for me Walter Herrmann. It’s time to say goodbye to the Full-Court Press.
For those of you that have been around long enough to remember, this blog replaced the popular Beyond the Arc blog, authored by former MLive.com producer Lee McPherson, in early 2006. The new focus was mainly aggregating news/opinions from around the web, stripped of commentary and personality.
After two years, and a couple promotions at MLive.com later, I simply ran out of time to post. I passed the reigns of the FCP to Dave Dial.
I met Dave through MLive.com’s Detroit Pistons forum. I singled him out for the job because he consistently had well formed and interesting opinions. He did a great job steering the ship for 15 months before he too ran out of time to put forth the necessary effort.
At this point I was recharged and ready to go, but I wasn’t going to do it alone. I contacted Patrick Hayes, who I had only worked with briefly in the past. I knew how much he loved the game of basketball and thought it would make sense to split up the writing duties. Less work, less pressure, better posts was the idea.
We also dropped the idea that the blog was only about aggregation. We read all the articles and columns, we watched all the games, we knew the beat writer and we had the access to attend any game or press conference. Armed with those “credentials” we started writing original analysis after each game, breaking down statistics and debunking ridiculous trade rumors.
You responded. Comments went way up and we enjoyed reading your opinions and interacting with you. It made covering the team that much better.
But last week Patrick handed in his resignation. Of course when you’re blogging for free, during your free time, a resignation is an email, but the point is the same. With that move, I realized it was time to fold up shop on the Full-Court Press.
To be fair, only the brand name is going away. I’ll still be doing a (near) daily links roundup and writing the occasional opinion or analysis piece. It just won’t be under the FCP banner. I’ll be working directly with beat writer Chris Iott to continue providing our readers with the best Detroit Pistons coverage possible.
As always, thanks for reading.