Dear NYC Buckets readers,
When I first started this website back in March 2011, it was a way to connect with a city and an area I was moving back to after a number of years away. It allowed me to keep doing something that I loved, covering college basketball, in a new city. It was a passion project.
What I didn’t expect is that I would still be writing on that site seven years later. I also didn’t expect I’d meet and have the chance to work with so many great writers. Ryan Restivo and Ryan Peters helped to really get the site going in the early days. Kevin Whitaker came on and took our coverage of the Ivy League to another level. Vincent Simone has stepped up to become a go-to voice for the MAAC and Long Island. Ray Curren has traveled all of the Northeast for us since the end of The Mid-Majority. Nelson Castillo came on this season to add another veteran NEC voice to our coverage. There have been so many other writers, such as Sam Blum and Matt Giles, who have contributed and made the site better.
It has been a great run. We’ve had more than 2 million visitors to the 3,500 plus posts that have gone up during that time. In fact, yesterday we set a site record with more than 60,000 page views. We’ve covered leagues like the NEC, MAAC, and Ivy League in a way almost no other sites on the internet do (though shout out to A Daly Dose Of Hoops and Ivy Hoops Online). We’ve covered buzzer beaters, CIT championships, NIT bracketology, NCAA tournaments, and heartbreak every March.
During those seven years, our lives have also changed. I’ve gotten married, found a job in media, and turned a lot of the reasons I love writing NYC Buckets into a full-time career. (I don’t cover college basketball, but I do use data for reporting in lots of fun and interesting ways.) Other writers have had significant life changes too: moves, children, and more.
We’ve continued to cover games, but there’s less time and with it less of an opportunity to write about this game we love. And that’s why the 2017-18 college basketball season will be the last one for NYC Buckets. We’ll keep our coverage going until every team we cover is eliminated from every piece of the postseason. After that the site will still be accessible (at least for a while, we’re still figuring out the details), but there will be no new content.
There are so many people who helped make this a successful run. (I will list a bunch shortly.) But first I’d like to thank you, the readers. It was your eyeballs, questions, Twitter debates, and ideas that kept us coming back and writing more. I hope you’ll stick with us through this final crazy month of the season.
And now for those other thank yous.
Thank you to all the coaches who have taken the time to talk to us. We’d personally like to thank Jim Engles, Kyle Smith, Glenn Braica, Bashir Mason, Jack Perri, Jim Ferry, Jeff Boals, Steve Masiello, Tim Cluess, Rob Krimmel, Tim O’Shea, Jamion Christian, Andy Toole, Greg Herenda, Howie Dickenman, Anthony Latina, Donyell Marshall, Derek Kellogg, Steve Pikiell, John Dunne, Tom Moore, Baker Dunleavy, Sydney Johnson, Jimmy Patsos, Mike Maker, Reggie Witherspoon, and all the assistants we’ve had the opportunity to chat with.
Thank you to the sports information directors. They are some of the unsung heroes in college athletics. Dave Gansell, Michael Kowalsky, Thomas Chen, Brian Morales, Brian Beyrer, Stephen Gorchov, Kevin Ross, Pete McHugh, Catherine Snedecor, Dan Lobacz, Stephen Dombrowksi, Joe DiBari, and everyone at the MAAC, NEC, America East and Ivy League offices opened their schools and leagues to us.
Thank you to the local media. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the entire New York scene. I appreciate that Zach Braziller, Howie Kussoy, Jerry Beach, Josh Newman, Jerry Carino, Tony Graham, Roger Rubin and Adam Zagoria welcomed the site to NYC. Thank you to Jaden Daly, Norman Rose, Russell Steinberg and the entire team at Mid-Major Madness for keeping us on our toes. Thank you to the national writers, John Gasaway, Ken Pomeroy, Kyle Whelliston, Matt Norlander, Rob Dauster, Troy Machir, Raphielle Johnson, Patrick Stevens, and Andy Glockner, for promoting our work to a larger audience. (Also, a special shoutout to “CBB Analytics Twitter” — I hope you know who you are.)
Finally, thank you to all the players who let us tell their stories. It was a privilege to share your talents with the world.
I hope you enjoy the final month of the season together with us.
We all still love college hoops, especially the mid-major game. If you ever want to chat find us on Twitter.
-John, NYC Buckets Editor in Chief