Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Raider Take Milestone

Raider Take reached a milestone over the weekend, topping the 100,000 site visits mark since its launch on August 29, 2005.

During this eight-month span, I have published 170 individual takes. More importantly, Raider Take commentators have brought more than a thousand additional takes to the table, inspiring the lively, thoughtful and ongoing discussion that is the lifeblood of Raider Take. This discussion is global, with takes regularly coming from Japan, Thailand, England and elsewhere. Even Mr. Jim "00" Otto has chimed in.

As I’ve said before, you folks are the brains of this operation. I compare Raider Take to the local tavern where all the savviest and funniest people in the neighborhood hang out. I'm just happy to work the beer tap, oil the dialogue and keep my ears open. I consider it a privilege to be in your company, and to play a small but exciting role in this cultural phenomenon called the Raider Nation.

I would also like to thank, Raider Nation Podcast,,,,, Deadspin and other news outlets and blogs that regularly publish links to Raider Take. It’s an honor to be on your radar.

I have some fresh takes in the hopper, and hopefully a new trick or two up my sleeve as we march toward the 2006 season. Please stick around and keep those takes coming! This is going to be an exciting year, and together we will help pave the Return to Glory.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

RT-Congrats on the milestone. If 00 knows about the site maybe he can get the Raiders rooks tuned into it so we can get a peek behind the silver and back curtain...?

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proud to have you around, RT.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

Congratulations! I am impressed. I have been blogging since May of 05 and I know how big an accomplishment that is, seeing as how I have not had a fraction of that amount. I enjoy the blog so much I even have a link from my blog to yours now! keep up the good work, I will be visiting frequently.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

100k hits or like McDonalds, 100k served. Thanks for keeping the pub open for us RT.

On a different note, your buddy Jeff Chadiha of SI had a nice "news you can't use" article (Players in the Wrong Situation) where he slams Al, Art, and the entire Raider organization.

"Michael Huff, SS, Oakland: I hate to see great talents wind up in dysfunctional organizations. Unfortunately for Huff, the Raiders have become a place where even the most gifted of young players can underachieve. It has something to do with the freedom they get from owner Al Davis, who has a way of letting his favorite players do whatever they want while the head coach, Art Shell in this case, loses all credibility. It happened with Charles Woodson. It happened with Darrell Russell. And those are the people who could actually play. I'm hoping Huff is mentally strong enough to deal with an environment filled with very few characters worth following."

Thanks for the bird cage liner Jeff.

10:44 AM  
Blogger THN said...

Congratulations. Well earned.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers, RT. Your neighborhood bar comparison is a good one. I frequent a few "Raider bars" on the net, but yours is the cream of the crop.

Keep up the good work!

By the way, I read that one, Calico Jack. I love how it's the Raiders' fault when immature idiots don't make it but the team gets no credit for the Tommy Kellys, Stuart Schweigerts, etc.

11:51 AM  
Blogger js said...

Yes. Well done, RT. Raider news, views, and haikus, what's not to like?

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RT is by far the best blog in the Raider Nation.........Hands Down! Sean, it has been a pleasure to read your takes. Filled with wisdom and just the right amount of humor.......You bring the Hard core raider fans together.........Best Dam Haikus in Football.........You Are The Man!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Way to go RT. I'd to recommend props for Deadspin as well. If it wasn't for their "Best of" report for Raiders blogs, I would have never known of this place!

I find it hard to believe it's only been since seems like you've been here forever. I'd like to raise a Sam Adams in one hand and a flavored coffee in the offer in a double toast to RT.

Hear hear!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thank you, friends! I appreciate the kind words. I'd better chug that Sam Adams (the beer, not the player) so that I'll have something to blame for my watery eyes..

P.S. Doobie, good point about Deadspin, will add them. I was thinking about ongoing links, but that one was indeed a big one.

P.P.S. Calico Jack, thanks for the news you can't use tip! I may have a another two-for-one in the works.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

RT, I don't think it's physically possible to raise the real Sam Adams with one hand. LOL

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats RT. This is a home away from home for Raider fans. A great exchange of ideas, & thoughts about the best topic in the world...THE RAIDERS. Nice going RT.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LordRaider at would like to extend our congradulations to a great site. Keep up the good work and thanks for the props.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LordRaider at would like to extend our congradulations to a great site. Keep up the good work and thanks for the props.

5:27 PM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

seems like you've been around alot longer than that, i swing by here dang near everyday just to see whats up with the witty peeps,new topic or not. love the site and the takes. thank you RT for givin us this venue and congrats on your milestone, cheers to you braugh!!

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean - psyched to see there are so many of us who think and write for ourselves instead of just nodding like a Keith Richards bobblehead doll to everything the mediots would have us believe!

And who woulda thought Raider fans could read?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

RT - Here's to you reaching 200k. I appreciate and enjoy your insight, humor, and unique perspectives. You are the Sam Malone of bloggers. (reference to Cheers bartender). Everyone feels at home on your site sharing their opinions and view points.

In a way, Raider Take is similar to the pub culture of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The Raider community gathers at your virtual pub as a home away from home.

Cheers. I raise my pint of black & tan in your honor. Keep it up amigo.

10:01 PM  

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