Thank You

By Jason Priestas on March 30, 2012 at 4:00p
Smoking is not mandatoryComing soon

We're down to the final days of our Respect the Basement fundraiser and although we have our work cut out for us in order to reach our goal, I am happy to announce that we will be going forward with the hiring of a beat writer.

This is a huge step for us and we couldn't be more excited to bring on 11W's first full-time employee. This new role will mean we'll be able to cover press events for football, basketball and various other sports, taking us from a position of reacting to news to creating the news on the Ohio State beat.

As of this writing, we have received 377 donations of varying amounts, both large and small, and every little bit has helped to make this a reality.

From all of us at 11W HQ, thank you very much for your generosity. It's humbling on many levels to realize that this little baby of ours has such a passionate and committed community and we hope you're able to look back one day with a glimmer in your eye and say, "Hey, I was a part of making that site what it is today."

Best of all, your contributions mean that 11W will remain a free site and one that's not cluttered with ads and auto-play videos in order to pay the bills.

If you're still on the fence, there's still one more day to donate and every little bit helps. The difference between where we are now and our goal is essentially travel costs for coverage of events outside of Columbus, so your donation could mean the difference between us sending someone to the Army All-American Bowl or not.

We will be posting the position on this site on Monday, April 2nd.  Once again, thank you all very much.




Ethan's picture

Happy to donate (even though I wish it could've been more). Love 11W and the content put out by the writers of the site. 

When you say "posting the position" next Monday, does that mean you'll be posting an application? Or announcing the new beat writer? 

Jason Priestas's picture

Posting the position for people to apply to.

FortMeyer's picture

If I can scrounge up $25 bucks to donate anyone can. Thanks for all the work you guys do 11W.

Baroclinicity's picture

Looks like there has been a decent push in terms of donations received in the last week or so.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, everyone has really stepped up for us and we really appreciate that.

William's picture

Donated $25 today, really wish I could've donated more, but as a college student I'm utterly broke. Thank you for all the work you guys/gals do, it is phenomenal.

Jason Priestas's picture

Trust me, I know how broke college life can be. Thank you for your donation. We'll hit you up again once you graduate and start your carere as an IB.

RedStorm45's picture

I forget the name, but wasn't there a member here who pledged to match up to $100 in donations for every NCAA tournament win by the Buckeyes?  Will he/she be putting down $100 before the final weekend game(s)?

Jason Priestas's picture

The fundraiser will be over by then, but I can vouch for Rob and say that he has donated $100 for each Ohio State win in the tourney so far. If you're reading this, thanks again, Rob!

buckeyefanatic's picture

RedStorm45, I would love to do that as a show of faith but I am afraid it would be a jinx!  I will hopefully sneak in another $100 before midnight for the Kansas win if it happens ... if we win the title I may have to donate the final $100 in person the next time I make it up that way.

Respect the Basement / March Madness Challenge

I was trying to come up with something more creative to help the effort but that was all I could come up with.  I do have something else up my sleeve, I just have a lot of work to do on my end first.

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BED's picture

When one of the board wins the Mega Millions tonight, I'm sure you'll be the first donation in the morning.

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Jason Priestas's picture

If I win the Mega Millions*, I may have to quit the site. Sorry, but too much traveling and money-spendin' to do. Don't worry, I'll gift 11W to one of you guys.


*I never play the lottery, but I'm $20 deep into tonight's drawing.

Baroclinicity's picture

If you win, I will be the first to claim I'm a long lost cousin of yours.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

DJ Byrnes's picture

This site will be one of my first purchases once I coax this 640 million dollar honey pot down from the Heavens. *EVL*

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

That will be me!!!  You're all going to get a huge fat raise!!!

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Baroclinicity's picture

$640 million.  Crazy.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

William's picture

Thought it was $540 million? Either way that is insane, the crazy thing is the US government spends that amount of money every 75 minutes. Not trying to be political, really just saying that it is truly depictive of the vast spending capabilities we have as a nation.

Baroclinicity's picture

They just upped it an hour ago.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

William's picture

Wow, that's insane. It only takes the US 80 minutes to spend that much haha.

RedStorm45's picture

I believe it's close to $21 million a year if you take the annuity payments (before taxes of course) for 26 years.  That's flat out ridiculous.  Heck, even if the jackpot was $12 mill you'd still get like $400K a year.  I think the lump sum is almost $400 million before taxes (which are 25% federal and 6% state if you live in Ohio).

With this many people playing, I'm sure there will be multiple winning ticket #'s so you'll have to split (wow, so only like $200 million haha).

If I do win, I'll donate enough so that 11W can hire 5 beat writers if they want that many.

BED's picture

1) lump sum is ~ $462M now

2) never take the annuity.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

ArTbkward's picture

If I win, I'm buying a 50 yard line suite in Ohio Stadium for the rest of my life, and I'll pay off the Respect the Basement Fundraiser :)

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Nappy's picture

A co-worker asked what I'd do if I won, my first answer was OSU season tickets and a condo/place to stay in Columbus.  And hook up the RTB, of course.

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BED's picture


The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

RedStorm45's picture

We have better odds of getting struck by lightning...twice than winning mega millions haha

William's picture

Isn't the other statistic/joke you're more likely to be attacked by two different species of bear at the same time? That was on an E*Trade commercial forever ago.

ArTbkward's picture

I heard you're more likely to win the Mega Millions than you are to have a perfect bracket, not sure if that's true or not though.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

RedStorm45's picture

Yes, the odds of a perfect bracket are like 9.2 quintillion to 1 and the mega millions is 176 million to 1 - though we can increase our chance of a perfect bracket by taking out all scenarios of 16 seeds advancing.  It makes sense because not only is the first round difficult with 32 games, you have to keep getting games right each round.  With the mega, it's just 5 numbers plus a power ball.

BuckeyeVet's picture

Well, I played the lottery. I think they said the odds of winning are worse than being stung to death by 2 different species of bee at 2 different times on the same day - or being struck by lightning 7 times. All things considered, then, I like the Buckeyes odds of winning over mine!

Jason - If I make a 2nd contribution and get to the maximum (website takeover for a day AND partying my ass off with you guys after the spring game) does that possibly get me the inside track for my animal rescue group at the charitable fundraiser you are considering?

Love the site - kept me sane during the TresselTrauma - and I admire what you have done, building it from the ground up, and think a beat writer will be a huge step forward. I'll be able to say I knew you guys when.....   


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Jason Priestas's picture

Thank you. Are you talking about the charity thing we're planning to tie into our spring game event? If so, we may have some flexibility there. 

Right now, we're leaning towards doing something with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, but if you have a worthy cause and want to party with us that night, we're not unreasonable people.

If you're referring to Eat Too, Brutus, unfortunately, that event is kind of married to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Alex's picture

thanks for donating guys and gals...just kicked in some extra $ myself....excited to bring on a beat writer that will be able to bring you everything you could dream for in OSU coverage

RedStorm45's picture

Just imagine if we had all donated our lottery ticket money to 11W instead...haha.

BED's picture

Many of us have!

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

throttlefinger's picture

Kicked in more. Well worth it. Compared to the shitshows and empty calorie content of ESPN and the like, 11W is THE site for Buckeyes fans. And a must for sports fans as well. And can't wait to see how the depth of info gets deeper with a beat writer. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Thanks again to everyone for really moving the needle the last few days. Much love.

COhio Buckeye's picture

I am happy to contribute to 11W!  I have bee an avid reader since 2010, but especially love it now because it keeps me closer to Ohio State and Columbus after moving to CO one year ago to the day. 

I may have underestimated the degree to which I would miss the Buckeyes (I attended over 50 football games home and away between Fall 2004 an 2010) after moving to Denver, but this site keeps me connected!

Keep up the GREAT WORK and GO BUCKEYES!!

Jason Priestas's picture

Thank you and I know the feeling. I started this thing about three months after I moved from Columbus to Chicago.

Maestro's picture

Incredible how slow the going was for the first few months, and the past few days.....BAM !!  Cool to see.

vacuuming sucks

joel121270's picture

Wasn't much but I am glad I could do something. I have never donated before but you guys got the ship right with this site and it's free (some political ramblings aside).

Keep up the good work everyone.

buckz4evr's picture

I kicked in a little extra.  Thanks guys!


RedStorm45's picture

At the rate of the last 48 hours, the total might top $20K

Scott's picture

I finally donated today. And you really shouldn't have expected anything else from a procrastinator with a flair for the drama. Hope you reach your goal, 11W. You deserve it.

Class of 2008

Jason Priestas's picture

Thank you again, everyone. We're lucky to have you guys (and gals).

cplunk's picture

Best site on the web. First site I check every morning. I donated what I could earlier, but rest assured that if I win that mega million the first hundred k goes to Eleven Warriors. Even filthy rich I'll still be a Buckeye

Idaho Helga's picture

ditto but will be mailing a check as this thing isn't ok'd by my antivirus.

Idaho Helga

TNbuckeye91's picture

Will it still he possible to donate later? I've had terrible luck and lost my job a couple months ago and just got a new one?

Jason Priestas's picture

Glad to hear you have a new gig. While we're only planning to run this fundraiser once, we will have a regular donate button in place on the site after we're done so folks can chip in if they feel the urge to. You could also treat yourself to a great t-shirt.

FortMeyer's picture

Please, anyone that hasn't yet, that can in any way, give to 11w so that Buckeye lore can live and thrive forever. Amen.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I'm on here almost every day, I only donated 100 bucks, Next time 365 would probably be more appropriate.   Thanks for all you guys do for us. I tell as many Buckeyes fans about this site as possible. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

osubuckeye4life's picture


15 things more likely to happen than winning mega millions:

Death by Vending Machine

Odds:  1 in 112 million

On average, two people in the U.S. are crushed to death underneath vending machines each year. Please snack responsibly.

Dying in an Airline-Related Terrorist Attack

Odds: 1 in 25 million

No one has died in an airplane-related terrorist attack since 9/11. The pat-downs of elderly people and toddlers are really paying off.

Having Identical Quadruplets

Odds:  1 in 15 million

Identical quadruplets would be adorable, but you wouldn’t be able to support them because you probably won’t win the lottery…

Becoming President

Odds:  1 in 10 million

Mitt Romney has seen these odds and he likes them.

Dying From Bee, Hornet, or Wasp Stings

Odds:  1 in 6.1 million

Who knew bees were so scary? Then again, bees may not be as much of an issue this year.

Dying From Being Left-Handed

Odds:  1 in 4.4 million

It’s a right-handed world. Apparently, a fair number of left-handed people die each year from using right-handed products incorrectly.

Becoming a Movie Star

Odds:  1 in 1,505,000

There’s more than one way to make money in this world, and movie stardom is a better bet than playing the lottery.

Dying in a Plane Crash

Odds:  1 in 1 million

If you are too scared to board a plane, why did you just buy a lottery ticket?

Death by Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Odds: 1 in 1 million

Not as rare as one would hope, but there are worse ways to die. Maybe.

Getting Struck by Lightning

Odds: 1 in 1 million.

A lightning strike is probably still preferable to flesh-eating bacteria.

Dying in a Bathtub

Odds: 1 in 840,000

These odds are not an excuse to stop bathing.

Dying in an On-the-Job Accident

Odds:  1 in 48,000

If this applies to you, you may want to take a risk and buy that lottery ticket.


Odds: 1 in 18,000

Hopefully it won’t be over a lottery ticket, but if it is, at least your murderer probably won’t win either!

Dying in an Asteroid Apocalypse

Odds: 1 in 12,500

The good news is that this will probably never happen. That is, until the year 2040, when it’s totally going to happen!

Dying in a Car Accident

Odds: 1 in 6,700

Good luck driving to the store to buy that lottery ticket.