State of the Hall: March 24, 2010

  • 03/24/2010 8:53 am in

Hello, ladies and gentleman of the ITH blogging republic. It’s been about five months since we last talked. Glad to see you are still here. And of course, thank you for visiting. This site wouldn’t exist without you.

+ First, a recap of this past season. I was able, for the first time in the three seasons we’ve been covering the team, to make my way onto press row. (Thanks to Indiana Media Relations and J.D. Campbell for this opportunity.)

While I didn’t make it to every home game, I did make it to quite a few and was able to provide some coverage above and beyond the past few seasons (postgame audio and videos). I also got to rub elbows with the likes of Chris Korman and Dustin Dopirak, which was in a word, thrilling.

Ryan continued to produce the best post-game analysis on Indiana basketball you’ll find anywhere and we welcomed Zach into the fold and his work has exceeded expectations. The future of ITH is bright and all of us are excited about it.

+ We’ll continue our “That’s a Wrap” series over the next few weeks, hit the Indiana state finals at Conseco Fieldhouse this weekend, the Derby Festival Classic game on April 10 in Louisville and then hit some AAU events in the spring and summer.

Ryan and I have discussed the potential of adding a message board as the next phase in enhancing the ITH community. There are certainly pros and cons to consider before a final decision is made, but since we built this site with you, the reader, in mind, we wanted to throw this possibility out there for your discussion. There are a couple of ways we could do this:

1. An open message board where anyone is able to register and start topics. (This is a bit scary from a moderation standpoint. And also, how would it detract from comments on posts?)

2. A message board where only established users are able to start topics. Everyone else would be able to respond. (Of course, we’d need to come up with the rules.)

3. A “fan posts” option where readers would be able to submit topics and we would publish the best ones.

4. No message board. Leave things as is.

We realize there’s no “perfect” solution here, but we wanted to open this up for discussion. If you have a suggestion that’s not listed, please feel free to bring it up.

+ In closing, we’re reaching out over the next few weeks to ask for your support of the site. We’re not asking for a monthly donation and as I stated last fall, by no means should you feel obligated. Maintaining this site and consistently producing quality content is no small task, so anything you’re able to contribute is appreciated.

Consider the spring “donation drive” as starting … now.

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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  • Hammer

    I vote go w/ #2. I believe it would be a good thing! If you dont want to participate dont!

  • BigRed3588

    I don't really like the idea of a message board but #3 would be cool. I figure that a lot of ITH followers, if they're anything like myself, probably check the site about as often as they get online. Fan posts would be a good way to generate discussion during those times when updates aren't as frequent. Personally, there aren't a lot of sites I enjoy reading, so I advocate anything that brings new insightful discussion to ITH.

    Also, as another member mentioned, it would be nice if there were a way to structure the story posts differently. Maybe by pages, or chronology. I like to read everyones comments, but it is sometimes difficult to do so with the way the posts are currently organized.

  • marsh21

    I wouldn't do a message board. You can control the quality of content much better under the current format. Other sites get out of control with a free for all approach> Keep it the same for now.


  • MikeinNC

    I agree, I don't think a message board is necessary.

  • CutterInChicago

    OT but can we have an entire thread dedicated to discussing the downfall of UK against West Virginia? That was GLORIOUS yesterday

  • Hallelujah!


    GLORIOUS and then some !!!!!! When Wall banked in that 3 from straight away I thought that that damned blue luck was going to rear its ugly head but alas evil was defeated and good finally won out in the end. I had to celebrate with old friend Jose C. after that one !

    WIth a Sparty W today it sits up a win win game in the next round and there is no way not to have someone to cheer for in the final game.

  • CutterInChicago

    Watching Kentucky lose is an amendment to the greatest things in life… and what are those?

    “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.”

    So in this case: To see UK crushed, to see UK driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the UK fans.

    I am still smiling over it. Perhaps Calipari will leave for the NBA this summer. That would amuse to no end


    Goooood stuff !!!

    Yea I hope Criminalipari jumps to the NBA too cause we all know what happens soon after he suddenly leaves a job and jumps to the next one. Just ask UMASS and Memphis. Their fans all say that he has not been found guility of anything, yea, and Adolph Rupp was not a racist and never broke any rules. Swamp land anyone ?

    pUKe deserves any and all bad things that happen to them and more !!!

    Did I mention I hate them damn blue pUKes.

  • kentuckyhoosier



    Had one the next day and have wore it more than once. Am going to the Derby All Star game in Louisville might have to wear it to that……and then watch and make sure I don't get sucker punched by one of “them”.

    Might have to pull for Duke cause that would piss the pUKes off more than anybody else winning it.

    Listened to a Louisville sports talk show soon after they lost and the pUKe fans were calling in and saying how they got cheated by the refs ( how ironic is that a pUKe fan claiming the refs cheated THEM…geeeez ) and that even at that there was no way that they should have lost that game and that the AD should sit Criminalipari down and let him know that this years results was not going to cut it. One called in and said it was OK with this seasons results and I said to myself “what… a rational pUKe fan, no, no way, and then he added the “but” ..he would give Criminalipari a pass this year but that next year he had better get the job done or they might have to check into getting someone that could get the job done. They had better be carefull or they might not have enough money to buy the best players in the future if they keep paying off coaches.

    I have heard that some pUKe fans are so upset over that loss that they have started dating outside of their immediate family. LOL


    Sorry Alex, I know you didn't intend for this to be a hate on uk post. Won't use this post for that anymore. Living in southern IN you come to acquire more of a hatred for them than maybe some other fans that don't live so close to them and sometimes it just comes spilling out.

  • BigRed3588

    Every true IU fan shares your feelings



    Thanks. It always brings a smile to every fan's face that has a strong opinion about something when other fans say, that they too, share that strong opinion.

  • Casey

    Alex, not to get off topic here, but when will the updated class rankings come out?