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Jason Priestas

11W Staff

Chicago (via Columbus)

Member since 20 August 2006 | Blog

Jason founded the site in late summer of 2006 after his wife grew tired of his constant Buckeye chatter. With a fifth grade command of the English language, it's a minor miracle that people discovered this site, let alone frequent it.

He lives in Chicago, but misses the friendly scarlet and gray-clad people of his native Ohio.


  • NFL TEAM: Chicago Bears
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool FC

Recent Activity

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Appreciate that. We're not always going to be perfect, but know we want to do the right thing at all times.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Thanks. Of course the entire internet would look better without ads. But then sites can't pay writers and cover travel and do all of the things we need to do.

At some point, we may offer a patron option where members can pay something to surf 11W ad-free, but we're just not there yet. Also, I'm dead serious about looking into ad blocker sniffing and making this site a pain in the ass for those that continue to do so. I want this site to be the destination for Buckeye fans, but only those fans that respect our hard work enough to tolerate non-obtrusive ads.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Thank you. I can understand the urge to ad block on sites that auto play videos and do other annoying things, but for sites you like and appreciate, there's no better way to show your appreciation.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Yeah, it looks like they're already starting to reflect the interests of the site. If you click on any article right now you should see links to other sports articles.

I guess I get frustrated sometimes because some people assume we don't have everyone's best interests in mind. If the stuff we saw earlier in the day would have stuck, we would have ended the relationship.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Cool. Your words say high road, but your ad-blocking actions don't.

I'll state this again for the sake of anyone else reading: we're not a megacorp, we are not getting filthy rich off of this site and we bust our ass to bring Ohio State fans fantastic content, rivaling sites you must pay for, for free. 100% free. I don't think it's asking too much for folks to whitelist this site if using an ad blocker.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Read his letters. He hated war, and was never ambivalent about that. But he knew the quickest way to end the war and that ultimately saved lives.

And he didn't burn the South to the ground, just a large swath from Atlanta to the sea. Not pretty, but war rarely ever is and he tried repeatedly to warn his counterparts.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

We don't have video ads, nothing auto-plays. You're basically saying "Thanks for all of the awesome free content, but kindly fuck off." I don't understand that.

We don't want to become a pay site. I'd rather implement technology that sniffs ad block and redirects those users to MGoBlog.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

We're working on ways to make it easy to donate, but I guess I don't understand the logic of some people not being willing to budge on ads or not being willing to whitelist this site if you do use an adblocker. Ads are how we pay for everything. It's really as simple as that.

Do ads, if enabled for one site that gives you great stuff for free, hurt? Do they make you grow hair between your toes? Help me understand.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Ha. It's something we're trying out. As you can imagine, we must be creative when looking for ways to pay the bills because we are ambitious and provide everything for free. The ads are supposed to optimize over time – it's the same grid used by FoxSports, so hopefully they become more relevant.

I'd like to think we're pretty tasteful about ads on our pages. In fact, I'd put the number of ads you see on this site up against just about any other major site on the internet. We keep things clean because that's the way we like it, so hopefully you'll understand.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

The printer in our previous store used DTG, which is direct to garment printing. We found over time that the quality of the print was not up to our standards and switched to classic screen printed shirts for our new line, which the 11W track tee kicked off.

I'm sorry you weren't satisfied with the print, but hit me up if you'd like a discount code for the new store. I think you'll find the quality of the printing much better than we had way back in the day when we didn't really know what we were doing.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

Correct. But they degrade the experience for visitors, particularly if you have 30MB of GIFs to load on a page with comments.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

D+ for the title of this forum topic. Do better, please.