We kick off B1G 2013 with a "Five Year Anniversary Week" here on OTE, as we recap the last few seasons and reintroduce our writers. From the bottom of OTE's heart, we thank you for reading the blog and we hope you enjoy B1G 2013.
It's time for a short Oral History of OTE, originally The Rivalry Esq. Saying this was an amazing run doesn't justify all the things I've learned on OTE. Saying we have great readers and writers doesn't justify your sharp wit and your contributions to building this community. So, we start simply with two unemployed law students who loved college football...
April, 2008: The Rivalry Esq Begins
Jon and I used to talk once a week, creating pick competitions and arguing about coaching hires, etc. So when he called and said, we're starting a blog about Midwest football, with a nod towards the OSU-UM rivalry, it was sort of an obvious next step.
The iconic logo. I'm actually not that handsome in real life.
THE BLOGSPOT DAYS
April 29, 2008: FIRST POST
Titled, "Welcome. Jim Delaney Sucks", Jon's first piece derided the BTN, Jim Delaney, and all those haters out there. Whatta start.
June 22, 2008: FIRST POST THAT ANYONE ACTUALLY READ
Jon knocks out a "Coach, But No Cigar" article, comparing well known coaches to the kind of cigar they would be. TRE ends up on a message board somewhere and we watch the hits rollllllll in, something like 150 for that day. Big stars!
July, 2008: CONTACT WITH THE MOTHERSHIP
As I am trying to expand TRE's reach, I send an email to someone named Matt Hinton, then blogging at Sunday Morning Quarterback. Telling him about the site and linking to our Big Ten focused pieces, this email finds its way to Peter Bean, one of the founding fathers of SBNation and the man behind Burnt Orange Nation.
According to Peter, lawyers make good bloggers and SBN would like to experiment with an All-Big Ten, All The Time blog format. Would we like to be their guinea pigs? You're damn right we would.
SBN, OR, WHERE I LEARNED TO LOVE THE MOTHERSHIP
INITIAL SBN PIECE, BRAD BANKS INTERVIEW
I get connected with Iowa's almost Heisman winner Brad Banks.. I interview him. BHGP links to us. Ahhmaaaaaazing.
OPC IS BIRTHED
Back when we used point spreads and I created the Word docs. Bama Hawkeye makes the initial foray into picking.
GENERAL SHERMAN'S DEBUT
Forgot we used to trot out Willie to discuss football.
OUR FIRST EXPANSION POST!
My three choices: Pitt, ND, WV.
BAMA HAWKEYE BRINGS COORS TO THE PARTY
Jon and I decide that his acerbic wit and spot-on analysis make him a perfect third writer. We open the floodgates which have now led to Ted Glover's disembodied heads flying everywhere. Thanks Bama. Thanks a lot. Here's Bama's first post.
FIRST ROAD TRIP POST
About that time where I almost died of hypothermia during an OSU-UM blowout in the Shoe. yay.
Well, actually I have no idea what that all means now.
QB MECHANICS - EVALUATIONS
Loved these pieces.
JD MILL, COMES ALIVE
Ah, a Minnesota influence on OTE. Love it.
THE HILARY LEE EXPERIENCE
*superstahhhh* ...We've got a talented lady on OTE.
BAMA WAS RIGHT ABOUT IOWA!
Who doesn't love being right? Oh and crushing PSU's soul.
ANOTHER UM-OSU TRIP
Where I get headbutted by a Michigan fan. And meet Rittenberg.
Hilary starts an alarmingly tasty trend...
THE B1G GOES 4-3 IN BOWLS
And we just about die on TRE, not yet OTE.
NEBRASKA TO THE BIG TEN!
OTE blows up over the news. Oh, and...5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!
RIVALRY FRIDAYS BIRTHS FITZGERALD...AND THE WIZARD BAKED POTATO POST
DEATH OF THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
This article got reused like an old sponge. Seriously.
OTE INTERVIEWS RICH ROD
One of the best things I've ever done.
CAN THE RUN SPREAD WORK IN THE B1G?
Remember when this was a constant discussion?
TEN REASONS TO DISLIKE LANE KIFFIN
Did anyone ever consider that Pryor sold his beat-Michigan gold pants charms because he's already got three of them and it's not fashion conscious to crowd your jewelry box with similarly colored pieces?
THE NEW B1G LOGO AND DIVISION NAMES ARE ANNOUNCED
Can you root for a school you didn't attend?
Who is the B1G's most hated and loved team?
Dear Nebraska, Welcome to the B1G.
Pat Fitzgerald, Insatiable...
TRESSEL FALLS! OTE BLOWS UP, AGAIN.
Cheerleaders on OTE!
Our power poll entry, started by Bama, continued most notably by Ted...
SEC guestwriters explain why they dislike the Big Ten.
Things that are better than Illinois sports begins the "no nice things" meme.
OTE guide to staying positive when your team is terrible...
Power Poll, Godfather Quotes edition
Bama's open letter to Ferentz. Boom goes the Iowa Internets.
Meyer to OSU.
OPEN LETTER FROM A BUCKEYE TO A NITTANY LION
Attention-wise and amount of hits, this was the high water mark for OTE so far. Jon wrote a letter to the Penn State fans languishing in the aftermath of SanduskyGate. We picked up 100k hits in four days. The letter was shared eleven thousand times on Facebook and retweeted 400 times. Gene Smith, the AD at OSU, read it during one of the courses he teaches at OSU. My favorite line:
This is what I want to say to you. You are not Joe Paterno. You are not Tim Curley. You are not Gary Schultz. You are not Graham Spanier, and you are sure as hell not Jerry Sandusky. Their alleged sins are not your own. They may be the most recognizable faces of your beloved program, but they are not Penn State. They are not a 156 year old center of higher learning. They are not a century of football tradition. Their flaws cannot eclipse the innumerable scientific, artistic, and humanitarian contributions your university, and its 44,000 students and 570,000 living alumni have made and will continue to make to the world at large.
OTE Chats With Dave Revsine Of The Big Ten Network, Part 1
Joe Paterno To The Penn State Community
State of the B1G: Expansion
OTE Tackles March Madness... Mayhem Ensues: Introducing OTE's 2012 Best B1G College Town
OTE's Ten Most Annoying Things About March Madness
B1G 2012 // Thursday Wildcard: Where We Lay A Path To A Bowl Game For Minnesota
B1G 2012 // Keeping the Enemy Close: This Is Why The Illini Can't Have Nice Things
B1G 2012 // OTE's Ohio State Potluck: The Ro*Tel Queso Bowl Is All Sewn Up....
B1G 2012 // Keeping the Enemy Close: Pretentiousness, Thy Name Is Iowa
B1G 2012 // Keeping The Enemy Close, Michigan State Edition: Why Little Brother Can't Overcome His Own Insecurities
Not B1G 2012 // Notre Dame Cocktail Party Preview
PSU Players Will Not Be Trolled. Allegedly. Maybe. Possibly. More Than Likely. Especially By Tim Beckman. Maybe. Still Allegedly.
Where We Be And What We Be Drinkin'
SOS (Same Ol' Spartans)
Maryland and Rutgers To The Big Ten?
It's 2012-2013 Bowlapalooza Word Association Time!
Big Ten Basketball Coverage, Now Featured On Off Tackle Empire
BONUS COVERAGE: OTE Themes and Memes
Illinois can't have nice things
Dating Analogies to Anything College Football
Get off Ted's lawn
5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
Consider Them Rolled
/sobs /tears ACL
(Jerry) Kill it with fire
MSU Conspiracy Theory
Rotel Queso Bowl
FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WEEK
Monday: B1G 2013: A Short Oral History of OTE
Tuesday: Reintroduction, OTE Writers
Wednesday: Top Ten "Rivalry Friday" Pieces
Friday: What OTE Means To Me