…and thanks for all the fish.
I registered the domain name Ay-ziggy-zoomba.com on March 31, 2001… almost 11 years ago now. Not a month later, on April 27, 2001, the number 1 member, BGHoward, passed away. That really became the driving force behind my developing, growing and pushing forward with this website. For those of you who don’t know, BGHoward was my dad, and the reason for my love of BGSU as an institution and as a sports fan.
The site itself has been a roller-coaster of pride, shame, frustration, elation, and any other number of descriptive adjectives for the past few years. It’s given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful, truly WONDERFUL, people. It’s connected me with people I’d lost touch with and allowed me to meet other friends I never would have otherwise. I’ve met coaches; Urban, Dan, Curt, Denise, Louis… been called out by coach Brandon, and even been called on my cell late at night by coaches who are pissed off at something on the website. I’ve gotten to work pretty closely and forge relationships with SIDs and athletic directors. I’ve met people who run other websites, been interviewed on TV and radio, and have had newspaper articles done on me and the site. We did the podcast a few times… I got to meet and work with Ryan Autullo and Maureen Fulton, great journalists from the Blade over the years. (Maureen is almost a lawyer now, btw… OSU law school!!) I’ve met and worked with too many great people to mention everyone… All because of this site. Truth be told, I probably have my current job because of this website!
I’m proudest of the friendships that have been forged because of the Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba.com. I saw a picture on Facebook over the weekend of a group of a half-dozen people going to a BG hockey game… they all knew each other BECAUSE of Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba.com – THAT is amazing to me, and it’s what I brag about more than anything when I talk about the site. I think that is what my dad would appreciate most and be proudest of as well.
As I mentioned in a previous post though, things change, priorities get re-aligned, life happens, and other clichés… My family has grown by one and if you’ve ever had a 3 year old, you know how they consume all your time. I don’t see that changing for years either. Because of this, some of my maintenance and “active” moderation of the site has gone by the wayside. I don’t create content anymore; hell, I don’t even read the site much anymore!
For this reason (and some others), it’s time for me to step away before things slide too much farther. When I made the above-mentioned post back in November I was almost immediately approached by “one of our own” who expressed an interest in taking over ownership of the site for all the right reasons. He respected the history of the site, he was a regular reader and sometimes contributor to the conversations, he’s from NW Ohio originally, was a member of the BGSU Falcon Marching Band, and made me feel “right” about the move without being pushy or off-putting.
Jeff Sankovich and I have signed the documents to make the sale of Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba.com official. He will be taking over the site and moving it forward again. Jeff is “Bassdrummin” on the message boards, was born and raised in Fremont and works as a web developer both in his “real job” and also in his side business, Midnight Developers. As part of the agreement, he’ll be keeping Todd Pavlack as the official photographer, and will also be providing me with a blog and a section that talks about the history of this site and its connection to me and my dad. After much deliberation, I’m very comfortable with this decision.
So, I won’t be going away… but I also won’t be responsible for the site anymore. I ask that you give Jeff the same respect you’ve given me going forward. 99 percent of the interactions I’ve had because of this site have been civil and positive, so I have no doubt Jeff will experience the same thing.
To EVERYONE who has ever interacted with me because of this site, via posting on the boards, guest blogging, commenting on a blog post, coming to a tailgate, supporting my charitable causes, supporting the site monetarily, etc… thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve all made it fun!
And since I was using it here YEARS before the athletic department embraced it as a slogan… I’ll close by just saying, Roll Along you BG Warriors… and thanks for all the fish.