I am hesitant about 11W hiring a beat writer......

Squirrel Master's picture
January 30, 2012 at 10:45a

and I will say why. I love my Elevenwarriors.com but I didn't always come to this site for my buckeye news. Sometime years ago I followed another blog site that went through some changes that led me to leave and come over hear. Since that day I have been a devoted commentor to the 11W.

I would love 11W to get a beat writer to provide us faithful with more insider information, although I feel Alex and crew do an excellent job, and this site to grow and succeed to rival and challenge other sports websites. I am just concerned of how it may change my favorite website.

First we get a beat writer and start to become a leader in buckeye news. This beat writer does their job marvelously to the point that other "sports leaders" start to notice. Now this beat writer's stories start to show up on "sports leaders"websites as breaking news. Then this beat writer becomes a regular to show up on Sportscenter and then video commentary on B1G mailblogs. Then there will be a huge negotation for a buyout, all 11W staff will receive millions of dollars, they will take over the future ESPN Ohio State website as Adam Rittenburg is forced to submit his resignation and go join other B1G writers at Yahoo or something, alienate the people that helped get them there, total forget all about us, leave us at daycare never to return as we are forced into child services and then adopted by a "not so worthy" OSU website that doesn't provide the TLC that we have come to love over the years because the ones that cared for us abandoned us for success.................woosa! woosa! woosa!

So while you guys are sipping champagne with CEO George W. Bodenheimer, we are left to feast our eyes on revamped stories of why the buckeyes should bring back Bollman as the new head coach and fire Urban Meyers! GOD HELP US PLEASE!

I am all for donating to the cause and so should everyone of us commentors that can provide. I want you all to succeed! Just don't religate us to blogosphere pergatory when you become big and powerful and rich.

and don't sellout to the evil empire of sports broadcasting!

Respectfully yours,

Squirrel Master

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JasonBuck's picture

Hear, I think you mean here. Wow, thats why this site needs a beat writer, so they can't butcher the english language!

Squirrel Master's picture

dude, that is what you got from that? my misspelling of a word!

most of it is tongue-in-cheek. I really do want 11W to get a beat writer and will contribute some cashola when I can.

Do you here me?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksfanXC's picture

I've come to trust everyone here. I trust them to not sell out. I don't think that's their intention/goal. I think it will be fine Squirrel. They've only hired the best, things have only gotten better, and imagine what they could do with some real funds.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Johnny Ginter's picture

the minute jason offers me that $14.82 buyout i've been asking for, I AM OUT OF HERE

Squirrel Master's picture

come on Johnny, you are worth at least $15! I'd hold out! lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

With all due respect:

-Don't think we will "sell out". We've been offered some nice coin within the past year but have declined, as we are fully dedicated to providing the best OSU coverage on the web, for FREE. THis site was started to give us staff members an opportunity to stay tied to Ohio State sports and it turned into one of the Best Buckeye sites on the internet. We all have our regular jobs but this is our release back into Buckeyeland and I know I can speak for all of us in saying we want to continue this. Also, millions of dollars is something that just won't happen ;)

-Second, with our goals established, imagine how great it will be to have someone devoted to covering everything Ohio State. We all have regular day jobs so can't always make the recruiting press conferences, or basketball media opps, or OSU football practices, or Urban Meyer's presers....we will be able to bring this all to you for FREE and all of us will be able to continue providing our awesome coverage in addition to the beat writer who will be bringing you the goods daily.

-the beat writer will be awesome and even if you can only afford donating $1, it is appreciated in helping us achieve our dream of bringing our readers the best OSU coverage out there.

-PS, we may have another suprise in store for you all this week!

Squirrel Master's picture

I do hope that you see the compliments of "take over the future ESPN Ohio State website as Adam Rittenburg is forced to submit his resignation and go join other B1G writers at Yahoo or something" and "although I feel Alex and crew do an excellent job". Perhaps my title wasn't the best title to use but I wanted to get your attention and have been following way too many websites for my buckeye news in the past and when I found you guys I love the reporting that comes along. I do like how you guys are asking us to help and contribute what we can instead of making it a pay site, although I think I would be willing to pay a membership.

Keep doing what you guys are doing. Just that if you do infact get offered millions of dollars to give your rights to ESPN, please don't!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

Of course and appreciate the kind words! Just want to make it clear for those who misinterpreted the title like myself

Squirrel Master's picture

gotcha. FYI, I donated myself. It didn't need to be for anything particular, it could have been to help get Jason's butt inglued from the toilet and I would have donated to the Eldub crew!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Triv's picture

Damnit Alex. I'm already on this website enough and now you offer me a surprise? I'm never going to spend more than an hour away from this place...

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Elika's picture

Ahem... we don't all have regular jobs. So, if anyone is listening, and hiring for one of these "regular jobs" we all speak of.... you know where to find me.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Squirrel Master's picture

I thought you were some kind of model or actress Elika? Don't you do commercials for In-n-out and Starbucks?


I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Elika's picture

Model: You've clearly never seen me eat.

Actress: I have zero poker face.

Commercials for In-N-Out: I'M SO IN!

Starbucks: I despise coffee, I'd be an awful spokeswoman for them.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

flipbuckeye's picture

Take over for Adam Richman on Man vs Food.

Wait, that's my dream.

Elika's picture

I'll let you keep your dream. Truth be told, mine is to take over for Blackledge on Taste of the Town, seeing as how he gets to go to all the games and doesn't have to pack on 50 lbs a year.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

DJ Byrnes's picture

DARKMAN-X APOCRYPHA: "It ain't even about the dough; it's about getting what what you stand for, yo."

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

hodge's picture

Ah, so that's where the hood at.

hodge's picture

Best site on teh interwebs here, a beat writer will only make it better.  A worthy coffer for my coin at least.

Jason Priestas's picture

Thank you. And just to echo what Alex said, I think it's a blessing in disguise that we all have real, professional day jobs in that to become a full-time writer, most of us would have to take pay cuts (HAHA WADUP RITTENBERG?). So getting poached isn't a real risk.

Anyway, we do have a HUGE surprise lined up for later this week, so stay tuned.

Elika's picture



(Kidding. Love you guys.)

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

BuckeyeNation's picture

Well, it looks to me like someone needs to apply for a job. Oh... I don't know, let's say, maybe, a full time beat writer job... Perhaps?

Elika's picture

What an excellent idea! :)

And, truth be told, this "applying for a job" really is the missing piece here. I probably should start applying...

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Please drop it before Friday...I have to go to work...

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

popeurban's picture

I must admit, I just found 11W this year, and I too am scared that someday it will go away.  This is far and away the best Buckeye site on the web.  Reasons:

The stories- humorous and informative with an edge

"Insider" Recruiting info- WOW!!!!!

The community- I get so sick of going to other site forums and reading political opinions, anger and hatred toward each other.  I am very political, but I don't want to read your political opinions on a Buckeye site.  Basically, the decorum/house rules here is awesome.  Thank you all

There is more, but no one likes to read this much in a post anyway.

Thank you 11W for improving my Buckeye life.  Stay around and awesome 4-ever!



Jason Priestas's picture

Why, thank you. And welcome to 11W.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I think 11W needs and deserves a beat-writer, and I would absolutely love to throw my hat in the ring. However, I have no faith that I could refrain from espousing my anti-playoff views in my writing, and given that it seems most on here are pro-playoff, I may very well alienate the readership. Other than that, I'm a whiz when it comes to breaking down stats (my degree is in econ) and finding obscure and interesting facts and trends to accompany analysis and general write-ups. I also like to think that my writing and grammar are above average (especially if I'm taking time to write up a professional piece that will have my name on it). But my aforementioned anti-playoff bias would inevitably reveal itself in my writing.

741's picture

Anyone but that douchebag Hooley.