State of the Hall: March 17, 2011

  • 03/17/2011 1:42 pm in

Hello, ladies and gentlemen of the ITH blogging republic. Much has transgressed since we last spoke. Let’s dive right in.

Another basketball season is in the books, the fourth we’ve covered since launching Inside the Hall. The on the court results were not ideal, but your passion and interest in the program and this community is growing stronger as the years move along.

Recruiting also picked up steam. The decisions of Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell to attend Indiana, both of which we covered in person. In fact, the day of the Zeller decision broke all of our previous traffic records. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue our coverage of the Indiana state tournament and then move right into AAU.

Our social media presence also continues to grow. The Inside the Hall Twitter following is now over 4,300 strong and over 1,250 of you “like” us on Facebook.

And last month, we finalized a new partnership agreement with Yardbarker and will continue working with our friends there for the foreseeable future.

On the technical side of things, the Zeller decision forced us to step back and look at our former hosting solution and make a significant upgrade. The result has been no downtime since late November and a much faster browsing experience.

We also enhanced the Disqus/commenting experience, adding a “plus” package to allow for real-time updating of comments. This is something we plan to take more advantage of in the future with some live commenting threads as an alternative to the Cover It Live chats.

If you have any ideas — including suggestions or concerns — please voice them in the comments or drop us an e-mail.

It’s been a busy time for us, but we’re more excited than ever about the future of this community and we hope you share those sentiments.

Over the next few weeks, we’re reaching out, as we’ve typically done twice per year, to ask for your support. We are not asking for a monthly donation and by no means should you feel obligated. If you are able to offer support, please be assured that your contribution will go directly towards supporting costs associated to maintaining the site (server, writer compensation, travel/gas costs.)

If you’re able to donate, please click the Make a Donation button in the top right corner next to the search bar. Thank you for all of your support.

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  • Anonymous

    Let me be amongst the first to say great job ITH staff. You guys are great and we’re truly lucky to have a resource like this for our favorite college basketball team. The quality of the reporting is high and the opinions are always thought out and backed up. And perhaps most importantly, the dialog on the site is remarkably civil for a blog and is probably the main reason most of us keep coming back. Keep up the good work.

    (I’m planning to give my first ITH donation this year, just gotta find a way to sneak it by the wife, not sure how she’d feel about me donating money to a free sports blog…)

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the great work. Love the site, love the podcasts.

  • Anonymous

    When this recent IU grad manages to find someone looking to hire a graphic designer (maybe someone on this board. Eh? Eh?) I could find a donation to send your way. Keep up to good work, makes me feel like I’m still in the Assembly Hall.

  • Anonymous

    Grade A site. You guys are doing a great job. Although your love for IU basketball is evident, the professionalism and journalistic integrity of the site is great.

    I am born, raised and educated a Hoosier. I have been a fan for as long as I remember. This site has given me a community to share that passion and keep tabs on my team much more than I ever could have before.

    Thank you ITH!

  • Anonymous

    Any chance of buying one of the ITH t-shirts that were previously offered?

  • Anonymous

    Great point re: the quality of the dialogue among posters.

    I love sharing my thoughts, learning about recruiting insights and of course getting into spirited debates among fellow posters. Even if I disagree with someone (or vice versa), I truly appreciate the lack of “trolls” on the board.

  • iubasta

    Quality site. Great posters. Great work guys.

  • Anonymous

    First time I have commented on your website page but I check this site several times a day to read your new postings. I love the ability to know up to the minute things going on with IU bball even if the oncourt results aren’t that great. Great site and Thanks for your work.

  • thats teh stupedst thing ive ever red. boiler up!!! woooooo!

  • INUnivHoosier

    you would

  • hgdownunder

    Thanks for keeping the recruiting info on the sidebar. I really appreciate it.

  • We’ve talked about this, but not many sold the last go round and if we want to print in advance, it requires some money up front to do this.

  • Luke72

    IN THE HALL Rocks! there’s no other Hoosier site that comes close!! The quality of the reporting has been exceptional! Looking at an improving situation with the team. With next
    year’s additions we should be where the talent will feed of it! Important that the 2012 class
    steps in on an up beat level of performance! All in all, nice job this year!

  • Anonymous

    I think what separates ITH from other sites is that here the passion of the posters does not leave the realms of sanity and civility–I admit to coming close to that line a couple of times, though.

    I check other sites but I trust what I read here.

  • Kelin Blab

    Why I hate ITH…..

    1. I could be doing at least 1,742 other things if I didn’t check this website so much. Yeah I know Yogi committed but I don’t want to miss when Hollowell does.

    2. Facebook, Twitter, and ESPN fantasy basketball all blocked at work, ITH isn’t, work productivity is questionable during the season

    3. ITH has affected my relationship with my beautiful wife. I ask her to do something, she looks at me with the “don’t your arms and legs work” look. On ITH, I hear about a recruit one minute, the next thing I know ITH has produced footage and an interview to meet my recruiting needs.

    4. The final reason I hate ITH. I really enjoyed having the stress and burden of a loss through the Mike Davis years and now during this tough stretch. I could watch Mike Davis storm on the court and go crazy at the ref then sit down with my own pitiful thoughts with no one to talk too. …..Now … I have Milla, Jerry, HoosierCT, Stonaroni, IUPU and tons of others to relieve my burden with.

    I hate ITH

  • Kelin Blab

    Why I hate ITH…..

    1. I could be doing at least 1,742 other things if I didn’t check this website so much. Yeah I know Yogi committed but I don’t want to miss when Hollowell does.

    2. Facebook, Twitter, and ESPN fantasy basketball all blocked at work, ITH isn’t, work productivity is questionable during the season

    3. ITH has affected my relationship with my beautiful wife. I ask her to do something, she looks at me with the “don’t your arms and legs work” look. On ITH, I hear about a recruit one minute, the next thing I know ITH has produced footage and an interview to meet my recruiting needs.

    4. The final reason I hate ITH. I really enjoyed having the stress and burden of a loss through the Mike Davis years and now during this tough stretch. I could watch Mike Davis storm on the court and go crazy at the ref then sit down with my own pitiful thoughts with no one to talk too. …..Now … I have Milla, Jerry, HoosierCT, Stonaroni, IUPU and tons of others to relieve my burden with.

    I hate ITH

  • Great

  • Awesome site. I spend way too much time here, but enjoy every minute. I just sent in my donation.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with everything stated here. As a Hoosier that lives in Missouri, it is great to have a reliable site for information concerning schools that actually play basketball!

  • Anonymous

    ITH Staff, I really appreciate all the work you put into keeping Hoosier Nation updated. If I hear a rumor this is the first place I go, because I know if it is on Inside the Hall, it will be real. Thanks again.
    Go Hoosiers!

  • Jmfriedman

    I just donated and I encourage all of you to do the same. This site is MUCH better than the other IU sites I have been a part of- thanks guys!!! I am on here almost every day and it is worth every penny.

    On a different subject-
    I spoke with a friend today who is friends with DSR’s high school coach and he told me that there is quite a bit of interest coming from DSR right now for IU. His parents are encouraging him to go for IU. Anyone know of any news or rumors on this?

  • Anonymous

    Just Made a Donation. keep up the great work. I Check out the Site as often as possible. your my number 1 source for IU Basketball.

  • Anonymous

    I stumbled on this site soon after it began when I was looking for directions to the barnstorming tour game at Noblesville High School in the summer before Eric Gordon’s freshmen year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My wife and kids give me a hard time because I’ve set ITH as the homepage on all our home computers, but they know not to mess with the settings. I just made a contribution, long overdue, and will continue to contribute in the future to keep this great site going. Keep up the good work – not just Alex and the staff, but everyone who posts and keeps the conversation civil and focused on the Hoosiers. Good stuff.

  • Anonymous

    I started following the Hoosiers the year after the ’76 banner, Benson’s senior year. Lived 45 minutes east, in Columbus. Was a little geeky about it; I’d listen to Fisch and keep my own play-by-play log to track almost every game. Did that for years. More banners were just a bonus. Bob Knight made everything even more fun – like a sports reality show. But you had to find out everything in the Star and Courier-Journal.

    Then we moved to Iowa, the year Knight almost went to New Mexico. Remember that? I thought him leaving would be the end of the world. Seems like he said the reason he stayed was something about not wanting to start over and build back up. Ten years later he had to do it anyway.

    Then in 1989 we moved to SC, and it was far away and I lost interest after the Damon Bailey years.

    1994 thru 2001 the Hoosiers pretty much ceased to exist for me. Then we moved to Peter Jurkins’ school’s town a month before the finals game with Maryland. Online I started finding blogs and news sites to satisfy my curiosity.

    Then ITH became one of my regular stops. In the last year it’s become the main one. A little too main – when you read all the comments and feel like you know the posters and, good grief, start leaving comments yourself…well, you’re hooked, and it’s more than a basketball team.

    The Hoosiers and the games are the bar, but ITH is Sam, and Woody, and Norm, and Cliff, and I’m enjoying my table in the corner watching the show. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always kind of thought “boiler up” was something you’d say when you identified the existence of a new genital wart on your stuff. “Oh, damn, I got a boiler up.”

  • Anonymous

    Has your twin brother done the same?

  • MillaRed

    I too, hate Inside the Hall. Until Alex and Co. put a winning IU basketball team on the court, I hold them responsible for our recent woes.

  • MillaRed

    ITH – you get better every year, unlike the current team.

    Kidding. Kidding people settle down.

    It’s a great community and I think most of us think it’s one of a kind.

    I’ll send in some money tomorrow.

    Here’s to a great off-season.

  • From what I understand, Joe Tiller’s wife came up with the phrase… so … yeah.

  • By “one of a kind” are you referring to a certain gender-bending nun? I hope so.

  • BFowler

    Great work on the site. I, like Kelin, come here way too much during a business day, but this is by far the best IU basketball site out there.

    I have not commented much due to the 9-game-losing-streak blues, but I always enjoy the comments and the articles. you guys have stepped up your game every year.

  • IUDan

    This . .. right here . . . is a great example of why ITH is the best IU site on the internet . . . well done!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Great work all season guys. I truly appreciate the terrific content and the outlet we have to express our opinion and read the opinions of others. You are all a pleasure to converse and share with. Keep it up everyone, this is the best site going.

  • All4IU

    I have to agree that this is the best IU basketball website around! I found this site from a friend back in August 2010 and I am hooked! THere is rarely a night goes by that I do not look to see what new articles, posts, or comments have been made. I was born, raised and educated a Hoosier (BS in ’92). I share season tickets with two friends and I only see about 4 games a year in the Hall but I check this site after every game for the instant feedback! I appreciate the knowledge and professionalism of not only Alex but all the contributors. Not every college team would have those that are as passionate, knowledgeable and realistic as those that post and read this site.

    Alex, keep up the good work! I am sure a few years from now, we will all look back at this time and say we remember how the IU tradition was rebuilt and revitalized, and it will be from sites and fans like these.

    Go Hoosiers! Go IU!

  • IUJeff

    Great site. Made my contribution today.

  • Anonymous

    Hey guys love the site! Was just what I needed while i was in Germany. I now spend alot of my workday on here, but it looks like I am working.

  • Anonymous

    I thought you were starting to sing some Soulja Boy for a second there.

  • Anonymous

    I would use an ITH app more than any other.

  • Thanks to everyone who has donated. We really appreciate the support. We’ll keep this post pinned through the week.

  • millzy32

    Thanks to ITH as always but on another note: BRUCE PEARL is BYE BYE.

    Tressel should be next but won’t.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Excellent job guys!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yes, it was taken from the Wyoming days, I believe – a poor attempt to carry on the Cowboy Up tradition. According to the urban dictionary, Boiler Up means to take a hot steaming dump, a deuce, a #2. You get the picture.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I wanted to buy a t-shirt a while back and was bummed I couldn’t get one.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I hate ITH because it might have indirectly led to my girlfriend leaving me…true story.

    I spend way too much on here. Not as much time as Kelin, but well, you get the idea. I would have thought an IU fan like her would understand.

    I guess now I have even more time on my hands…and a few extra bucks to make a donation since it’s just dinner for one! Oh the positives!

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe the problem was when you bought her that candy-striped lingerie at Christmas.