Inside the Hall turns one year young

  • 06/26/2008 11:30 am in

superhappy.jpgA year ago today, Big A tossed down the very first post on this here blog. (About Bud freakin’ Mackey of all people.) Since then, it’s been about the most gosh darn eventful time in IU’s recent — or perhaps entire — history. To wit: we had Mackey and crack, Sampson phone problems, Senderoff’s resignation, players getting suspended, and suspended, and suspended, Sampson phone troubles again, his dismissal, the Dakich take over, the team collapsing under the weight of it all, Dakich booting Bassett and Ellis, Tom Crean taking over, the whole damn team leaving and Crean recruiting everyone you haven’t heard of under the sun. (We can all breath now. Phew.)

If you were to say we expected even a tenth of this stuff to go down, we would not have believed you. (This is how these things always go, it seems.) But hey, it was fun to cover and blog about. Sure: we would have loved for IU to storm their way to the Final Four, for Eric Gordon, D.J. White and Kelvin Sampson to cut down the nets in San Antonio, but things do not always go as we would have hoped.

Without confirming with E — though I know I don’t need to — the reason this site has garnered any amount of success is because of Big A. The guy lives and breathes this blog and he churns out the posts day in and day out. Myself and E are tied up with other writing endeavors outside of the real jobs (I’m also incredibly lazy); without Big A this site ceases to exist.

Lastly, we want to thank each and everyone of you. Without the comments, the visits, the feedback and the tips, we wouldn’t be nearly as enthused about the site, and what the future holds for it. To the commenters who have been here since the start, (hi Kelin and Jamie!) we thank you. To those that joined along the way and have made a community out of this place, we thank you.  We hope we’ve done a good job with year one; we look forward to year two.

Go Hoosiers.

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  • Huffy

    Happy Birthday Inside the Hall!
    What a fabulous year, Big A! Your passion for IU basketball and witty writing style make a great recipe for success. I wish you all the best for the upcoming year.
    Go Dale Jr! Wahoo!

  • R, thanks for the kind words. It's been a year already? Doesn't feel like it.

    I really couldn't have said it better myself, but I do think you and E should get as much credit as you're giving me. Both of you have helped tremendously and it's obvious from the success of the site so far that collectively, we've struck a chord with Hoosier Fans.

    Thanks to everyone who reads and comments each and every day. Your emails, comments and feedback keep us motivated to give you our best. We're definitely excited about the future of ITH.

  • ChiCityHoosier

    To everyone that helps make ITH possible: THANK YOU!

    … for the glory of old IU.

  • jgongora86

    This is the first place I've visited that understands how it feels to be Hoosier. You guys have experienced the same highs and lows of this past year, and without sheding any tears (sniff) it has been a honor. Here's too more great years of great coverage. Congrats guys.
    Jaime

  • bz

    happy birthday! i always have a sense of anticipation when the ith link is lit on my reader. thanks a, e, and r for your unswerving dedication to this sight. your enthusiasm, intelligent insights, and management/encouragement of a civil commenting base makes this a must read iu blog.

  • hoosier07

    AND AN EVEN BIGGER THANK YOU ITH!! Happy first (of hopefully many more to come) Birthday! And thanks for making the hours pass by quicker at work!! Let's hope year two has a lot more ups than downs!! Thanks again for all the great articles, posts, etc. ITH has truly become my go to site every morning when I get to work!!

  • i appriciate this site and the info….thanks

  • b_side

    Fellas, keep up the great work — like Hoosier07 said, you make the 9-5 life a little more tolerable.

  • dsHoosier

    As I have commented before, GREAT job guys!!! When ever I need my IU B-ball fix (which is everyday) I can count on you having the most up to date info available. Keep up the good work.

  • Fellas, great job. I check your site about 5 times a day. It is like crack for the info starved Hoosier Nation. CHEERS to many good years of keeping us hoopsters up to date!

  • Happy B-Day kids.

    one of my everyday stops which makes having to be at work at 5:30 in the AM a little less painful.

  • B_MD

    This site is awesome…Great work!!

  • RobertSchell

    Feliz Cumpleanos!

  • ALH_00

    Ditto to all of the comments and thank you for your consistent reporting. It is often hard for me to spend time following my teams, but as far as IU goes, I know you guys will give me the info, links, discussion, etc… to keep me informed of the goings-on. We all owe you guys a cocktail and a pat on the back.

    The discussions here are also some of the best around, so thanks to all of the knowledgeable posters too.

  • CutterInChicago

    Really enjoy and appreciate this site. Thanks Fellas.

  • iumike

    I have just recently found your page and what a blessing it has been for a IU b-ball news junkie like me. I used to scour all of the usual b-ball sites for anything related to IU b-ball but it did not take me long to figure out that I needed to go to only one place and that place being ITH. Now this is always the first place my computer goes to each morning when I sit down to start my day. Keep up all the great work and a big happy b-day to ya. Thanks a million !!!!!!

  • oldfan

    This old fan is new to inside the hall,and is just leaning how to use a computer. I am having more fun reading the articles and comments, I really like your comments Big Al,
    Happy Birthday!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Wow, it's only been one year? Hard to believe. I was lucky to come across this site nearly a year ago and have been an avid reader and frequent poster since I discovered it.

    Thanks for the good work.

    The Hoosier nation will survive this!

  • hoosiergal

    Happy Birthday ITH! Best site for IU basketball period. Congrats! And a big thanks to Big A for a job very well done.

  • Big A,
    happy bday! joyeaux noel, final four kudos, and all that. Thanks for making a home for a good thread almost daily and the best INDIANA SPORTS BLOG as voted by the independent hoosiers on the west coast. congrats

  • Thanks to everyone for your comments. We really appreciate you stopping by each and every day.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Wow, it's only been one year? Hard to believe. I was lucky to come across this site nearly a year ago and have been an avid reader and frequent poster since I discovered it.

    Thanks for the good work.

    The Hoosier nation will survive this!

  • hoosiergal

    Happy Birthday ITH! Best site for IU basketball period. Congrats! And a big thanks to Big A for a job very well done.

  • Big A,
    happy bday! joyeaux noel, final four kudos, and all that. Thanks for making a home for a good thread almost daily and the best INDIANA SPORTS BLOG as voted by the independent hoosiers on the west coast. congrats

  • Thanks to everyone for your comments. We really appreciate you stopping by each and every day.