Time and Change

Luke's picture
March 28, 2012 at 1:00p

You win with people.

One thousand thirteen days ago, I wrote my very first piece on Eleven Warriors. At the time, I spent 8 hours, 5 days a week answering phone calls from irate consumers entering a world of strangeness and unfamiliarity and helping them make sense of it all. In my spare time, I aimed to provide passageway on a similar bridge, but in the opposite direction.

Today I depart 11W after almost three years of features, news, pop culture references, probably enjoying hearing the sound of my own voice too much, times that can never be taken away from us, and memories we'll never get back. The ride was equal parts terrifying adrenaline rush, humbling plunge into the unknown, exhausting marathon, and Indian Summer. But like all good things, it must eventually come to an end.

The evolution of the site during my tenure has been remarkable. From a space where a low double digit number of some beautifully mad devotees to the likes of P.J. Hill and drive by visitors combined to scrape together four figures of eye balls on a good day, to one that laps all its nearest competition combined. There's no question that the Death Star in the Ohio State blogging galaxy is now fully operational.

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the man that keeps the 11W trains running on time, Jason Priestas. Under his leadership the site has become the only not optional destination on the internet for Ohio State news and analysis and will unquestionably be the standard bearer for years to come. The entire site leadership core, amongst them Chris Lauderback, Alex Gleitman, Corey Carpenter, and later Ramzy Nasrallah, are every bit as awesome people as they are writers (which is to say, really something) and the heart of the site beats in time with the blood, sweat, and tears they've poured into making it what it is. And of course I have to give special credit to my long time Dubcast cohost and brother in aural arms, Johnny Ginter. I've spent more time in the last two years on "the phone" with him than any significant other and my parents combined; that pretty much says it all. I couldn't be prouder to have had the privilege to have my name printed in the same byline space as so many incredible people.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who constitutes the phenomenal readership of the site (ed. note: this means you). The Ohio State fan base has for too long taken a beating and been dragged through the mud unfairly for supposedly being a short sighted, inwardly focused, myopic group of bandwagoneers. Anyone from the great state of Ohio or who's spent longer than a fortnight around these parts can't possibly say anything but otherwise. I can not imagine a more passionate, critical, but above all else, invested group of people, and I'm honored to share the same school of affiliation.

Essentially everything I have good in my life, both professionally and personally, I owe on some level to each and every one of you. I genuinely thank you from the bottom of my scarlet and gray blood pumping heart.

I like to imagine that if we wave goodbye indefinitely, over a long enough time line, we'll simply be waving hello. Until we get there in the continuum, you can follow me on twitter or heck, we're all family here, e-mail me (luke dot zimmermann at sbnation dot com) should the motivation ever strike.

Good luck, godspeed, and of course, Go Bucks.

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M Man's picture

Hail and farewell, Luke.  You've been one of the many really good things about ElevenWarriors.  Great job; good luck; Godspeed.

The_Lurker's picture

Best of luck in the future, Luke. Your turns of phrase will be missed in these hallowed halls.

Northbrook's picture

Luke, thanks for all the great work. Best of luck to you.

ArTbkward's picture

Thanks for the good reads, someone has large shoes to fill. Best of luck in all that you do.

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Denny's picture

I'm mad because you're not coming to dinner with me on Saturday.


Sarah's picture

Maybe you shouldn't have broken his french press then. 

Denny's picture

I offered to replace the beaker. I OFFERED.


DJ Byrnes's picture

a "french press"... glasses made of glass... luke is burgeious as hell. 

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

Denny's picture



Baroclinicity's picture

Best of luck.  Thanks for the great columns.

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

NCBUCKNUT's picture




Make Will-Way your Way!

MaliBuckeye's picture

Thanks for your time with 11W and for all you've brought from the basement.


Blessings on your next endeavor!

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."


cronimi's picture

Good luck, Luke. Thanks for the good writing and podcasting over the past couple years. I'm a daily reader of 11W in part because of your fine work.

sharkvsghost's picture

There are few things in the world that bring me more joy than The Ohio State University and indie music. Luke, I've thoroughly enjoyed your contributions to the Dubcast (to say nothing of your thoughtful and witty posts both on this site and on the twittersphere) and wish you the best of luck.

swing hard in case you hit it.

NW Buckeye's picture

Thanks, Luke, for all that you contributed.  Please do not be a stranger to this site.  Would love to see the occaisional blog or forum post in the future. 

Maestro's picture

Kick ass in the future.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Good LUKE and God bless. Go Bucks!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

SchankHaus's picture

It's a good thing you're not leaving the overall blogosphere.  I don't know if anyone is going to be willing to produce the "QUEEFSTRONG" wristbands for that momentous day.

Still, I can't believe you didn't include your Google+ as a way to get in touch with you.  What a vibrant community that's become.

See you in the fall.  Hopefully not sleeping under an RV.

Doc's picture

Luke, good luck to you and may God Bless you. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Carry the torch for Buckeye Nation nationally. Poke your head in once in awhile to say howdy.


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Menexenus's picture

There's no question that the Death Star in the Ohio State blogging galaxy is now fully operational.

Thanks for one last chuckle.  Take care.


Real fans stay for Carmen.

BuiltfortheNuthouse's picture

Bless you and the best of luck for whatever you take on!

" I went for two cause I couldn't go for three." 
-woody Hayes 

gravey's picture

Thanks Luke!  You rock.  Good luck!


Wobble in our Shoes's picture

I love you Luke, farewell



Jason Priestas's picture

Luke is a huge part of 11W being what it is today. He gave us great writing, humor and his brain, which is a perpetual idea machine and we're all better off for it.

I know I've learned a lot from him and wish him the best in whatever life has in store for him next.


hodge's picture

Cheers, mate.  Good luck!

Sgt. Elias's picture

Thanks for sharing your fever-dream'd scribery. Hopefully you'll still be found at the other college foozball refuge, edsbs.  /doffs cap

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Luke's picture

Thanks so much for the kind words, y'all. Look forward to seeing you when I see you.

Scott's picture

Best of luck with whatever comes next, Luke. You brought something to this site that doesn't normally exist on sports blogs and that's a big reason why I'm a member. Hope you'll stop by now and then for a guest column or a dubcast.

Class of 2008

Riggins's picture

Thanks for all your time and energy here at 11W, Luke.  Your great sense of humor and perspective will be missed.