I generally love change and get bored easily, and I think there are a lot of things to like about this redesign. But generally, I'm more of a minimalist, and prefer the simple to the complicated. It seems that the powers-that-be love it, and it sounds like there's a bunch of great things on the back-end that have improved... awesome. Anything that improves 11W overall, I'm for. But visually, I think it's a little too busy, too cluttered. I think the interface (front page primarily) is too image heavy for a site that is largely based on words of its contributors. I open the front page and see Nicholas Cage first, not the article titles. I hover over the Football/Basketball dropdown, and see 80% of the screen taken up for 8 links and three large pictures. I guess, personally, I'd like to see more emphasis on the title and text, and less on the featured image of the article, and why I LOVED the old 11W. See Medium.com for a text-centric, but still visually appealing site for example.
Anyway, my 2 cents, as unimportant as it is. I'll still be here everyday regardless.