The State of Eleven Warriors 2014

By Jason Priestas on January 28, 2014 at 7:00p

Last year at this time, we published our first State of Eleven Warriors. We were fresh off a year of monster growth and as an indie site, I felt it was important to share some of the accomplishments with our largest bloc of stakeholders, the community here at 11W.

2013 was another big year for us. Traffic to the site continued its rapid growth, up nearly 80% over 2012. We bolstered our staff, adding great writers and expanding our coverage of non-revenue sports at Ohio State. We published a magazine (and ebooks), we made it rain – to the tune of nearly $20,000 – for charity, and we broke quite a few major stories, as well.

But the work you haven't seen might be our best yet.

The Numbers

We were already fortunate to have an incredibly talented stable of writers covering Ohio State athletics and 2013 saw the addition of several new writers, giving the site's voice greater depth, and allowing us to venture into new realms like the coverage of hockey and basketball recruiting.

Pair that with a passionate and well-informed community and you get explosive growth.

This server does work.

Eleven Warriors received 57,142,251 pageviews for the year, up 79% from the 31 million pageviews the site received in 2012. On four occasions, we smashed one-month pageview records, finishing with an all-time high of 7,182,342 in the month of December.

Our biggest day was the Sunday following the win against Michigan, when we recorded 437,881 pageviews. For perspective, that total is more pageviews than Eleven Warriors received in all of 2010.

Here's a look at that growth over the past seven years.

Pageviews by year

Ditto for visits – 17,112,631 for the year (up 70% over 2012) and comments – 371,580 in 2013 (up a staggering 107% over 2012). In the month of November, 47,714 comments were posted to the site, an average of 1,590 per day.

The forums continue to be a large part of the site, accounting for 25% of all pageviews. In January, we created a recruiting forum to discuss four and five-stars ad infinitum, and you quickly made this forum the most popular of the seven on the site (although threads discussing icon changes had a strong year, too).

Not bad for an independent site lacking the support and resources of a large network or a Twitter echo chamber to promote our work. So, thank you for being a part of the best Ohio State sports bar on the internet.

2013 was the first full year of Helmet Stickers, which you earned (or lost) depending on how valuable your contributions were to the site in the form of comments, forum topics and blog posts.

Although not every member of the site followed the spirt of the rules when it came time to vote, the voting worked. Trolls or people with terrible #hot #sprot takes were marginalized, while the better and more prolific members were rewarded with an exclusive washroom and mad internet fame.


In July, the staff of Eleven Warriors published Lindy’s Sports Ohio State Buckeyes in the Huddle again, a 110-page, full-color preview magazine for football season. Our mothers and grandmothers alike were thrilled seeing our names in a magazine sold at newsstands all over the state.

On September 27, we gathered at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with Buckeye greats to help raise money for the Gold Pants Club. In all, the Gold Pants Social raised more than $7,000 for the club, with that money going directly towards the purchase of the charms players receive for beating Michigan.

Some even wore their own gold pants to the event (though, sir, you're kind of creeping Jim Lachey and Simon Fraser out).

Mr. Gold Pants at the Gold Pants Social

The next day, Eat Too, Brutus IV, Eleven Warriors' annual charity tailgate, was held prior to the Wisconsin night game. We collected more than $13,000 for DSAchieves, helping to fund important Down syndrome research initiatives. Oh yeah, the Buckeyes clobbered the Badgers later that night, improving the event's record to 4-0 in games against ranked foes.

It was a season of giving and we enjoyed every minute of it.

The Next

While growth and offline successes are certainly fun, most of our efforts went into something you might just now be hearing about.

In February, we kicked off Project Tatum, a complete redesign and technology upgrade for Eleven Warriors. It hasn't been easy – far from it, in fact – but we're now on the verge of launching the new site and couldn't be more excited to take advantage of what it will offer.

First, the new site is responsive, meaning it will look great on your desktop, tablet or smart phone. 


It's been six years since we last touched the design and this update will give us the freedom to do things we've long wanted to do, like getting more stories on the front page, giving readers centralized locations to find all of the best stuff, like our acclaimed game posters, expand our coverage into other sports, tweak things like Helmet Sticker voting, and improve site navigation.

Most importantly, the new site will continue to be free.

Some of you have seen the new site as beta testers and the feedback has been amazing. This is our dream system, built to do what we need it to do and it will make creating content – stories, blog posts, forum topics and comments – an order of magnitude easier than it currently is.

Granted, this effort has taken longer than we may have liked, but it's nearly complete and as some of our friends at other sites and networks know, this is no easy business. I don't want to promise a launch date quite yet, but just know that it's #SOON. As in days soon, not weeks soon.

2013 was a lot of fun, but we have bigger things in store in 2014. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how to improve things around here. This site is just as much yours as it is ours.

Thank you, once again, for reading, following and sharing.


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HotSauceCommittee's picture

Congrats and thank you for all the information and for giving me something to look at during my work day. As much as I love you, my data plan hates you all!

Killer nuts's picture

This site is the best thing to happen to the internet since wifi

Doc's picture

"This site is the best thing to happen to the internet since Al Gore."
There, fixed it for ya. XD

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The Official DDS of 11W

MichaelJ721984's picture

You mean since midget porn

Michigan sucks.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

I think it's safe to say this.............From the entire reading clan of Buckeye Believers -- Thank you all for your entire body of work, my day would not be complete without reading the latest developments. I love the Breaking News Gray Boxes on the new Recruits and as always THANK YOU for allowing this site to remain free.

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bucknut24's picture

Best OSU site ever!

+1 HS
JozyMozy's picture

Best COLLEGE SPORTS site out there, only we're lucky enough for it to be Ohio State Buckeye-centric. I love this place. The Staff, The Community, The Tradition, The Excellence. 11W. 

+1 HS
Urban Ohio's picture

Best site on the web!   Go Bucks!!!

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

+1 HS
BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I read 11W nearly every day, and try to contribute every time I feel I have something to add. 
Thanks to everyone involved for putting out such a great product.
I look forward to all of the big things to come!

+1 HS
BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

... oh, and I always mention "I read it on Eleven Warriors" when sharing some of my vast Buckeye knowledge with friends and family!

shadybuck's picture

I tell people things I read on this site all the time citing i read it in "my morning skull session"
Thanks for making me feel at home @11W

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

"...Beachfront Avenue!"

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

+1 HS
gwalther's picture

Thanks for all the hard work guys! That goes to the former writers that helped build 11W as well. According to that graph, it looks like joining way back in 2010 gives you some street cred.
2010... Four years ago? #nuts 

Class of 2008

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gibbs12's picture

thank you 11w for being so much better than the other sites I used to subscribe to. great writers, great content, great blog layout, and I can't imagine my weekday mornings without a Skull Session.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed Gibbs on the daily Skully's.......I guess I would go through withdrawals.

Scott's picture

2013 was also special because 11W members discovered that gifs existed. And while not everyone was thrilled about Buckeye Leafs, we all enjoyed shaming the shit out of anyone who requested them.
Congrats on a great year, guys. Looking forward to many more.

Class of 2008

+1 HS
thirtytrap's picture

Best on the net..I can't imagine one ever being better.

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Baroclinicity's picture

Honored to be a part of it all.  Take a bow, Jason and company.
I remember seeing that the old pages won't be archived on the new site.  Any chance this changes?  I love looking at the old pages from 07 etc before I knew about 11W.

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

Jason Priestas's picture

We're leaning towards declaring forum bankruptcy and starting over there, but you will be able to access old stories and Buckshots going back to our silly days.

BME_Buckeye's picture

So no more bump thread pranks like the "Webb Decommit" bump I pulled . Sigh :(

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


+1 HS
CALPOPPY's picture

You need to look at this in a positive light.
For instance, I'm going to try to go all Boomer Sooner and start all the cool threads straight away. Stake my claim!
Actually, never mind. I'm much too lazy to try that.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Bucksfan will have to change his icon again, post roll over. 

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

BuckeyeJ's picture

Best site in the land!!!! 

KingKosar's picture

Best site in the land!!!!

Best *Damn* Site in the Land!!!  There, corrected it for ya. ;-)
I couldn't agree more, BuckeyeJ!  Huge thank you to all the people who keep this site humming as beautifully as a Ferrari.

ATXbucknut's picture

Yep, y'all are still killin' it. Great work!

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

No sir. Thank you. All of you glorious bastards for all that you do. 


AcrossTheField11's picture

Just want to say thank you and great job to the entire 11W staff.  This site makes each and every day better by simply being in existence.  I don't know that I could start my workday without first reading the morning skully with my coffee.  

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

FitzBuck's picture

So proud to be a part of a great site with a great community of like minded individuals.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This is a great site!  11W has done an outstanding job at making one of the best sports sites ever!!
Go Bucks!!

stittracer99's picture

Yes but how many of the 371,580 comments were related to firing/not firing a certain coach?

Awesome site btw, only place on the web worthwhile stopping for Buckeye news.

DJ Byrnes's picture

*continues to whistle while mopping the floors*

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Baroclinicity's picture

Missed a spot...

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

timhbomb's picture

I wish I would have bought more 11W stock back in the day...

AngryWoody's picture

Thank you all for all that you do. My day is never complete without a visit to 11W!

Our Honor Defend!

BuckFly's picture

My day is never complete without multiple visits to 11W.  Now my wife even visits the site!

teddyballgame's picture

Can't wait to see the new site.  Although I'm quite fond of the simplicity and functionality of this current design/system

Jason Priestas's picture

I think we worked hard to ensure the new site would feel the same. It's going to look different—better, we hope—but for the most part, things will be in familiar places, if that makes sense.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Does the new site have SEC speed?


Jason Priestas's picture

No. But we do expect the night of the launch to resemble #MACtion, with returners running the wrong way and tackles on the two erroneously called as safeties.

buckguyfan1's picture

As God as my witness, this is best Buckeye site ever!

huber57's picture

This is, by far, the best Internet site in the world. However I am still mad about the refusal to make the comment sections .gif only.

Why does Dublin have so many round-abouts? Because everyone in Dublin thinks they have the right-of-way.

GoBucks713's picture

It's been six years since we last touched the design

With the exception of the April Fools prank a few years ago. Thanks for everything this team does, and everything everyone contributed from the top to the bottom. This is the best site. Period. 

-The Aristocrats!

TheOtherDJ's picture

Wow, Jason, very happy for you and everyone involved with the site on a great 2013.  Been visiting and following since late 2007/early 2008 when I was still living in Japan, desperately looking for OSU updates, and it was just you, Chris and Corey running the whole shebang.  My my, how far you've come.
I don't comment much here anymore, but I still visit a couple times a week as time allows, and follow most of the writers on Twitter, and I'll still visit as often as I can.  And I'm definitely looking forward to the redesign.  Congratulations and looking forward to more exponential growth in 2014!

Art Harrell's picture

Glad to be one of the New Members in 2013. Enjoy reading all the posts. Thank you, for keeping it FREE. Go Bucks

Matt Gutridge's picture

I joined in July and regret not joining earlier.
Thank you for making this site what it is...the best site on the internet.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Great job, gang! Super duper!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

jhdavidson's picture

Thanks to you all for what you do. Much appreciated!

Bamabucknut's picture

I have been following Buckeye sports for many years.This by far the best site I have found.I've made it my home page so I can sip my coffee and read the latest,first thing ,every day.
Thank you for helping all us Ohio Staters enjoy more fully what It means to be a Buckeye.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Been a crazy's to many more!

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Buckeyeneer's picture

I have seen this gif used so many times. What movie/TV show/web show is it from?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Iwearmocs's picture

Yay 11w!! Lol.  Can there be a drinking game for this state of the union?

pabdublin78's picture

What makes this site the best are the people who run it.  Thanks 11W team for all the time you put in to bring such great content and factual reporting to your growing legion of passionate readers.  

MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

I joined nearly a week ago but have known about the site for a few months, and I regret not joining earlier.  Great site, staff, articles, everything.  Truly top notch!

toad1204's picture

High fives all around guys.  

Love this site.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Oyster's picture

I find it hard to believe that a thread about an ICON change was not number 1 in pageviews.
But that's just me.
(also, thanks for the hard work making this a great community for everyone)

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Admittedly a little nervous about the site redesign, but I trust in you guys like I trust in Urban. Thanks for being the greatest place to share, laugh and revel in Buckeye-ness. 

Doc's picture

371,580 comments. I think I read every single one of them. This site is my ONLY stop for Buckeye news. Maybe that's why the page views are up. I refresh my page a thousand times a day. I can't miss a thing. 
Jason, the staff and the commentariat thanks for making this my favorite site. Eleven Warriors is my drug of choice. Keep up the good work. I can not wait to see the new site. 
You guys rock!!!

CJDPHoS Member

The Official DDS of 11W

SilverState's picture

That last section had all the feel of one of these:

...gettin' excited.

MN Buckeye's picture

Congratulations to Jason and the staff for creating the best OSU site and one of the all-around best sites on the internet. Thanks for feeding my addiction.

OSU1995's picture

Damn! Those are porn website numbers !
Edit: and if I did become a porn star, my name would be Beremy Jirmingham. 

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 

     - James Patrick Tressel

thatlillefty's picture

haha, love it... how bout Johnny Gitsmore? or Chris Lauderbang?

MVJ's picture

Congrats on a great year! Can we get an exact date for the launch of the new site? 

"You win with people "

Jason Priestas's picture

Yes. The launch date will fall on "when it's ready." We're really close at this point, but I don't want to commit to a date quite yet.

German Buckeye's picture

This answer is similar to Blizzard when they release a will be released when it's ready.  Anticipation is killing me. 

JOhio1560's picture

Congrats all around! And thanks to the staff for making 11W the best sports site on the net!

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

Buckataltitude's picture

Greatest site ever!

Here is to 2014 being less productive because of this wonderful site.

Thanks everyone!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Amazing job in 2013. 
I'm curious how many gif's have been posted and taken up bandwidth. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Curt Heinrichs's picture

Not nearly enough. My favorite threads were the "Favorite GIF" and "Favorite Band."  
I've spent way too much time laughing at the GIFs. Thanks one and all for earning me weird looks at work. 

harleymanjax's picture

I think I'm personally responsible for at least a million page views!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Nappy's picture

Those numbers are unbelievable!  Props to Jason, Chris, and the rest of the staff.  My days wouldn't be the same without multiple 11W visits.  

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

buckeyestu's picture

This is a fantastic site. I usually pop in at least 2 or more times a day. Thank you 11w staff. Looking forward to the new site.

headina's picture

AWESOME. Keep it up. 


1MechEng's picture

11W site redesign? Better mobile access? More writers?
This. Is. Awesome.
Keep up the amazing work, guys (and gals)!
Also - many thanks to my fellow 11W readers and contributors who give this site vitality, meaning, context, and entertainment.

njclebuckeye5's picture

I don't want to promise a launch date quite yet, but just know that it's #SOON. As in days soon, not weeks soon.


Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

BHT's picture

Since 2011, I started reading 11W. My dad recommended it. Since then, I have read almost every skull session, and this site has made me a better buckeye (more informed I should say). To me, this site is, was, and always will be the greatest site for buckeye news. It is my homepage and I will continue to come hear for the rest of my life. I only became a memeber about 4 weeks ago, but this site has been a site I go to almost constantly (every 2-3 hrs a day) for 2 years. Keep up the great work 11W fans and staff. Soon, 11W will have more readers that it knows what to do with. This is the greatest site I have come to on the interwebs, and it will always be the greatest. Thank you 11W for making my life (mornings especially) better.

Hovenaut's picture

I thought I was a big Buckeye fan, though far removed from my native Ohio.

Then I came upon 11W a year and a half ago.

Aside from being back home, or in Ohio Stadium on a fall Saturday, this site has reinvigorated the Buckeye within.

I've loved the atmosphere and have (in a virtual sense) met a slew of very cool people.

Oh, and I find the content pretty interesting too.

And I think it's all going to keep getting better.

Much appreciation to Jason, the staff and my fellow commentariats.....looking forward to things to come.

Go Buckeyes!

Squirrel Master's picture

Ahem, I don't see my usual annual mention! Don't make me start a squirrel revolt. 
What happened the last time someone tested me,

but seriously, been a stellar year! Times get heated during the season but we all are admitted fans, so it happens! Glad to be apart of another year and can't wait for the new site. WOO HOO!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

I get more pleasure from this site than I do from pornhub...
In all seriousness though, this site's awesome. I know one way to make 2014 better and that's for a certain football team to win a certain crystal football.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

BuckeyeVet's picture

Jason - This has become my go to daily site. I love 11W, the community of Buckeye nuts, the info, the respectful banter, the commentariat, the daily Skull Sessions. Thank God I found you guys. Started lurking here during "tatgate" - it saved my sanity. Keep up the GREAT work! Bravo!

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

"The recipient of Oyster's ONLY down vote".

Brutus's picture

Where the f is my premium membership shoe box? If I don't start getting free shit for the money I don't pay for this awesome site, I'm going to quit.  Seriously.

ScoobyKnows's picture

This is the best website.  Thank you 11W.

buckeyefanatic's picture

47,714 comments were posted to the site

How many of those were BD trolls?

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

rolltribe2015's picture

Congrats! Best Damn Site In The Land!!

JTownBuckeye's picture

This site is so awesome it needs its own theme song. Although, that's probably been covered already in a forum topic and if not then it probably soon will be. Thank you staff for all that you do! As someone who used to pick up Buckeye Sports Bulletin from the Big Bear on High St to get his recruiting fix, I am amazed by the amount and quality of the information available to your readers on a daily basis.

ek68's picture

To 11W, Really enjoy this site. Congratulations on a job well done. Great articles, opinions & stats. I've laughed so hard & yes even cried (like a baby) and with that I say "Thank You" to all involved. Great Job & look forward to 2014. GO BUCKS!!




thatlillefty's picture

Without a doubt, the best buckeye site on the web. I tell every serious buckeye fan i know about this site. Shout out to my brother, Kyle. If you're reading this... Time to create a damn profile. Luke, Taylor and JJ too.
The state of the buckeye union is great! O - H !

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Awesome.  Congrats to the 11W staff for providing the best Buckeye news and experience a fan can have/get.  Also big ups to all the posters on here, I've loved chatting Buckeye sports with you all, something I can't get enough of, even if some of our opinions differ... it's what makes this site great.  I probably contributed about 1,000,000 of those page views.  I feel like I come to this site about 100x+ a day just to check for any new, breaking news. 
Thanks again for the great experience and look forward to the ever evolving and improving 11W. 

chibuck's picture

Congrats! This truly is the best Buckeye site around. Can't wait for the redesign!!

Thomas's picture

Long time reader, just became a member last month. Absolutely brilliant job guys. Love this site and has been a pleasure so far. Thanks boys! Go Bucks!!!!

jamesrbrown322's picture

This is my favorite thing you guys have done...
Hope you guys continue to do one each season. There is nothing like being a Buckeye during football season.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

allbucksallthetime's picture

11W...nobody's done it better since 2007!  A BIG "Thank-you" to the 11W staff, present and past, for your endless pursuit of all information related to Buckeye sports.  Your professionalism, work ethic, and interactions with this community never cease to amaze me.  Go Bucks!  

Unky Buck's picture

(although threads discussing icon changes had a strong year, too)

Bucksfan got a mention! Take a bow, my friend.
And great job to the whole staff and all the members. It's a fantastic site and I'm glad to be apart of it.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

ziplock007's picture

Most importantly, the new site will continue to be free.

Umm... That sounds a bit ominous.  It makes it sound as if ever lasting gratis is not a certainty.

Gametime's picture

It's been amazing watching the growth and being part of it the last couple years. 11W has easily chiseled itself in as a part of my inner buckeye and for a lot of us become a regular part of our every day life. Even the guys that are alums like Elika, Alex, Miles, & Derek keep touch base with us which is just flat out awesome.

This site has a collection of viewpoints with tireless effort from the staff and damn it if we haven't made it clear we appreciate you ALL.
And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, you guys are taking another step just because you share the same passion we do which separates you from every other Buckeye site.
All that standing, I'd like to personally thank the staff for the support, the retweets of my concept art and so on, I really appreciate that and because of you that LBJ cleat was retweeted or favorited some 10,000+ times between December and last week.
If you guys ever need an extra hand, please don't hesitate to buzz me! Much love and thanks!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

1967Buck's picture

Thanks to all for allowing me to joined such a great site. Peace be with you all. Go Bucks!!

OSUStu's picture

11W staff, your hard work is greatly appreciated! Also, props to my fellow community members that make this a great place to engage other fans on important matters like Buckeye news along with tons of meaningless, time-wasting yet awesome discussions.

Jason - I am curious how many total members there are now. I'd love to see that graph as an indicator of the site's growth in popularity.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

MattyBeingMatty's picture

I don't go a day without reading. Thank you for your efforts and dedication to inform us, Buckeye Nation!

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

CALPOPPY's picture

Disappointed there was not a single mention of the Null Session. It's almost like it has been erased from our mind.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Bucks's picture

Ah yes, the Skully that wasn't. Entertaining morning for sure.

FitzBuck's picture

How many apologies did you drop on that one?  100+?
Actual amount needed = 0
you do a fantastic job.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Baroclinicity's picture

No, really, that was great. I wish it hadn't been removed.  And what was said is true...nothing to apologize for!

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

CALPOPPY's picture

Well said Fitzbuck and Baroclinicity.
Johnny, I know you were frustrated about that going out. But that was a fun time for everyone that got involved and nobody was upset (at least on our end). I think it kind of brought people together.
Even though it was lost to the ether, I'll always have my icon to remind myself of the shenanigans. Now if only I had screen-captured the comments. They were glorious.
And, of course, thanks for all of the work that you have put in to the site as well.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

PittBuckeye's picture

I'm just glad to see the free model is working, this site eats up so much boredom between classes and in between studying.

InvertMyVeer's picture

You know you can read a lot of crap (mostly) about how to generate page views and traffic but when it comes down to it it's the content that ultimately drives clicks. Between the great writers to the legion of well-informed commenters it's easy to see why 11w is thriving. BEST DAMN BLOG IN THE LAND!

Football is complicated...

Jason Priestas's picture

Thank you all for the kind words. I'm terrible at feelingstalk, but we've been lucky, both in the sense of working with great writers and having this amazing community.


CALPOPPY's picture

I read this and though, "Why would he stalk a feeling?".
Ohhhh. Feelings-talk.
Yep, me reader good with english.
Thanks for putting this site out there. It's been fun to be around.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Whoa Nellie's picture

I read the same way.  Looking forward to . . .

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

OSUStu's picture

This is how all those contests for Superbowl tickets should get around having to say "The Big Game"

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

jbirmmd's picture

I would echo what many others have said above. Love this site, my only source for OSU news and commonly the only website I visit during the day. You all do great work and keep it accessible. It says something that even during the brief time my brother was off writing elsewhere that I pretty much only visited here still.

Thanks again to all the 11W staff!!

brownbuck's picture

Great Job 11W and best of luck for the future!! Looks solid!! 

Buckeye5000's picture

Congrats on all the success here at 11W. All the staff (and the readers and posters) have made this a great Buckeye site and a daily routine for me. Sometimes it seem like there is to much content on here because I don't have time to read it all :(
Thanks to everyone involved! And there is going to be a new site upgrade! Hurray!

2014 Undisputed National Champions!

703Buckeye's picture

Is the site switch happening now? I can no longer vote or access my profile.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Hopefully 2014 doesn't have so many staff members leave like '13 did.

No mention of my reign. I'm deeply hurt.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

aboynamedtracy's picture

But even if your comments were subtracted, that would still leave a balance of nearly 100K in 2013. Not too shabby...

cjkanski's picture

I've been lurking the halls here since '08, been a member since 2010. I can't tell you all how many thousands of hours I've spent reading all the stories, Buckshots, posts & forum topics since then. I'm not big on commenting, but I wanted to say thank you to you all!! That goes to Staff & Commentariat alike! The content & comments here are hands down "Best on the web!".
Hey Jason, couple of requests, how about a new "mix tape" for us old guys & could you launch the new site on a Saturday so we get one more "Bucksfan Icon" Friday forum bump?

"I could *BLEEP* forever. *BLEEP until I drop" - The Count


216ToThe614's picture

If anyone was doubting the validity of the statements on how well the helmet sticker method worked or how awesome our community here is, there were exactly TWO downvotes on this entire thread of comments, both were correctly applied to some members referencing pornography, albeit in a non-weird way (crude humor), but it was there nonetheless and dealt with. That's 108 comments (at the time of this post) that were well thought out, family friendly and made sense. That is AMAZING compared to any other site on the internet.
Best community on the web? I think that's a resounding YES

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

irishfury's picture

This is one of the few sports websites that I visit where its moderated properly.  Has writer/insider interaction.  Last but not least the content is top top notch.

allinosu's picture

Thank you all. You have the "Midas Touch".

Nutbuck1959's picture

love this site. visit it daily.

Findog5's picture

Ross kicks ass. Can't get enough of his analysis.  Thank you for all you do.   I am hooked. My wife thinks I have an 11W addiction because I am always reading threads and it impacts my mood now. Not quite to game day levels, but gets into my fabric nonetheless.  

Raleigh Buckeye

BuckeyePops's picture

Congrats Jason - You have a great thing going and should be immensely proud of how it is continuing to grow - Keep up the great work - Looking forward to your format change and also to seeing you at next year's Eat Too Brutus - GO BUCKS!

brylee's picture

THANK YOU and Congratulations!

Dr. Ninjutzu's picture

Love it. The best damn site in the land. 

Boxley's picture

Thanks for all of the hard work you guys put in, easily making this the most informative and well responded to Buckeye site anywhere. 
Excellent readers and their thoughtful and hilarious comments make this site that much more enjoyable.
I do second the motion to have the site get it's own theme song/music, something extra to get you cranked up when you open it, as I do every morning.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt


Looking forward to the new site, more stories of Buckeye glory, TTUN failure, and Bucksfan's Icon thread. Greatest site on earth :)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

UFest57's picture

No no, thank you, 11W! This is one of the most informative and fun sites to read and really helps me and many others get through the grind of the work day. The recruiting insights, game preview/recaps and some of the other color pieces are just tremendous.
Thank you for all you put into this site and GO BUCKEYES!

Poison nuts's picture

2014 - 11W - Can't wait!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

rllbucks1's picture

Congrats on all the growth, but a special thanks for the great work. I have been a member for awhile but I am a quiet member. I read and enjoy and I want you to know that I have been a paying member on two other sites for years but their sites are not even close to yours. Read it everyday, been following Buckeye football since 1950 , 67 grad and a retiree who loves your site, the blogs all are terrific and I would do a gif if I wasn't illiterate!


Shangheyed's picture

My favorite site!  Keep up the great insights and reports.    

popeurban's picture

Jason and 11W staff,
I am late to the thank you party, but I wanted to ensure that you all knew how grateful I am.  This is my only place for buckeye news (besides following you on twitter).  This place is wonderful, and while the growth has brought in a slightly "different" crowd at times, your work and the generally wonderful community here keeps me coming back.  Thank you, thank you for sharing this with us.

d5k's picture

We all know this site started going viral when #Meg happened.

scarletblood's picture

This is an amazing site. Keep up with the good work!

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Your success is well deserved 11W! And Michigan still sucks.

Curt Heinrichs's picture

Great work Jason and Co. 
In addition to the excellent written work, I'm also a big fan of the Dubcast, so great work to Michael and Johnny as well. 
Keep up the great work!

Ill_Buckeye's picture

Apparently I've been here since the beginning, I remember seeing your guys little stickers show up at Eddie George's and thinking "wow these guys are getting kind of legit" (circa 2007[Still have the sticker too!]). You guys do a wonderful job and although Im more of a voyeur than regular commentator, 11W IS my morning newspaper and I refuse to start a day without getting up to date. Keep up the great work, you're in a league of your own.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

BEST Buckeye site on the Internet!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

bodast67's picture




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

rhutchjr's picture


Toledo, a good place to be FROM

trock's picture

The coverage on recruiting is hands down the best. Stuff isn't made up and the way the staff handles recruits is the best. I think how Knox has talked about the 11W staff and other reporters says everything.

Jpfbuck's picture

Love this site and greatly appreciate the hard work involved.
Content and discussions are always great and this is easily the best OSU based fan site out there.
keep up the great work and cant wait for the new design!!
Go Bucks!!!

razrback16's picture

Glad to hear you guys are doing well!

Crimson's picture

Could you make 11W worse?  I spend entirely too much time here.  Thank you.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Thank you Jason and all of team 11W.
This site is straight titties. Double Ds.

Hovenaut's picture

Back in for a reread - eager to see the 2015 (National Championship) edition...

Keep it going, 11W!