Monday, June 05, 2006

UMass Football Blog One Year old today

One year ago on May 5, 2005 I posted my first entry on my UMass football Blog.

I started the blog because I loved UMass Football and there never seemed to be much press coverage of the program. I had over thirty years of UMass game programs and press guides. It seemed as if I could find enough material to have a fairly active blog. Figured I'd continue until I ran out of material or it wasn't fun anymore.

Well, that was 526 posts (counting today) ago. According to Sitemeter, the UMass Football fanzone has recorded:
  • over 10,000 hits
  • over 23,000 page views.
Technorati tracks over 19,400,000 blogs. The UMass Football Blog is ranked #1,040,549 (top 10% give or take a little). According to their stats, 45% of all blogs fold in three months and only 11% are updated weekly or more.

The UMass Football Blog is still one of only 10 or less blogs covering a I-AA football team. It might be one of 5 or less. There is no Delaware Blog. There is no Montana Blog. I find this fairly surprising...

Still having fun covering UMass football. Looks like the UMass Football Blog will be active for a 2nd year. I have tons of UMass historical material I havn't had time to publish yet. Still getting a kick out of blogging.

Go UMass! And thanks dear readers for visiting my blog.


Tom UM '72 said...

Congrats on your first anniversary!
I really appreciate the hard work and great info you bring. This is an exciting time for UM sports. The Lax and softball teams had an outstanding spring.Can Football follow? I think McCutcheon is making strides to upgrade all sports and be very competitive! As alums and friends of UM sports we need to do our part also, Thanks again for this site . . . very enjoyable.

Tom UMass '72

UMass74 said...

Thanks Tom for the nice words. I HAVE spent a fair amount of effort on the blog.

One of the reasons I started was that successful progams have a "buzz", that is, people are talking about their program. That shows people value what they have. I was hoping that the UMass Football Blog would help creat more of a buzz for UMass football. I wanted a positive presentation of UMass Football. No smack. No ranking on the players, program or UMass administration.

If UMass played the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Sisters rang up 400 yards passing, I'd be bitching on the blog that the Sisters were holding and the refs were not calling it :)

I agree it's an exciting time. After forty years we're getting a new surface at McGurik AND the practice field. Lights in 2007.

I did get to see some of the Lax team's great run while I was on vacation. The championship game started at 8:00am on the west coast.

As for UMass football, don't tell anybody, but IMHO we're loaded this year. If we stay healthy...

Rocks22 said...

Grats on the anniversary. This is an excellent resource you've created. Please keep it coming.

Anonymous said...

congrats. I think a great section to the site would be a section that included Umass rosters from years past. It is always fun to go back and look at the rosters, where kids are from, how big they got, etc. let me know what u think and keep up the great work. hope to see those rosters!!

UMass74 said...

RE: UMass game rosters

I did publish one UMass roster from 1983. It's here:
Scroll down and right click for a larger view.

My oldest game program is UMass vs Toledo 09/11/1976.

I'll try to publish that one shortly.

saint0917 said...

Congrtas 74, your doing a great job. Did you make it to the "Umass Tag Sale" a few weeks back? You might have been on vaction. As you know Adiddas is the new clothing sponsor for Umass athletic, so the athletic department was selling off EVERYTING that had Nike on it, sneakers were going for $5, the $40-$50 sweatshirts you get at the campus store were selling for $10, football jerseys were $20. Of course I didn't find out till the day it ended so I got noting :-(

UMass74 said...


Yes! Check the May archives (sp?) for an image of my UMass jersey.

I got #7, Jeff Krohn's old jersey! I'll be wearing it to games this fall.

There is a new post on the UMass website saying that there may be repeat of the sale. At $50/pop They probably didn't sell all the jerseys. Call Paul Blys and ask!

Hope to see you again in person at the games.

saint0917 said...

I must be getting old, I do remember reading that. I'll have to ask my dad if he can get me one, he's on the Umass sports luncheon committee and he knows Paul real well, not that he'll give my dad one for free, but, it's worth a shot.

saint0917 said...

I'll be at all the homes games, so please stop by again.

saint0917 said...

My daughter was a HUGE Jeremy Robinson fan, I'll have to see if I can find his shirt. As a matter of fact, back in 1998 the whole Umass defensive team signed the back of her Umass football t-shirt.

dennisdent said...

Great job over the past (and for the picture) year!

Reading your blog almost puts me back in Amherst on one of those glorious fall days just before a UMass game.

Keep up the great work for all us UMass football junkies--we're growing every day.

UMass74 said...


Amen to that! I think the program has some momentum.

And us UMass Football Fans need to stick together.

Thanks for the kind words on the Blog.