Monday, July 23, 2007

24x7 Voted "Baltimore's Best"


Yesterday Mike Duffy from BaltimoreRavens.com joined me and Dev Panchwagh on GAMETIME. A few close associates wondered why I would invite Mike to join us since in their opinion Mike represents the “enemy.”

“Enemy?”

How about “friend”?

I don’t even view the official site as a competitor. You see, Mike has access to the team that I can only dream of. I won’t be on any team charter flights. I don’t have an office at 1 Winning Drive. I don’t get to work out at the team facilities or dine with the coaches and players.

As a result, Mike will have some features that we will likely never have and he will serve as the mouthpiece of the team on the information highway, aka the internet. And that is a good thing for all of us and that’s a great thing for Mike. Personally I look forward to his future contributions.

But what Mike Duffy can’t do really, is be critical. The official site is a tool to promote the team and if a distant observer who didn’t pay close attention to the Ravens read the official site during the middle of the season, that observer would probably conclude that the season was going extremely well even if the Ravens were 0-8.

Look if sales for a consumer products company were a bit off, that company’s website wouldn’t be pointing out a given product’s inefficiencies now would they? Of course not! So why should Mike do that for the Ravens?

That’s where we come in.

Admittedly we lean towards being pro-Ravens and we search for the silver lining in their failures. But at the same time, we need to be objective and openly critical when the circumstances demand it. That’s a luxury we have that Mike Duffy doesn’t have. Hence there will always be a need for Mike’s services and those that we provide and we sincerely thank the Baltimore Ravens for the access that they’ve provided us – access that greatly aids our efforts.

Recently such efforts were recognized in the newest “Best Of” issue of Baltimore Magazine. We were voted by the B-Mag staffers as the “Best Ravens Blog.” Here’s what they had to say:

"It's their almost disturbing obsession with every aspect of the Baltimore Ravens (down to the atomic level) that sets Ravens24x7.com head and shoulders above the other sites. In addition to the sort of compulsive discussion of team minutiae that we like, they actually provide some journalistic-ish coverage of the city's other (some would argue "only") great sports franchise."

Of course none of this would be possible without you our loyal, frequent and casual visitors. Thank you for your support over the years and thank you for your patronage of our great sponsors. Without them we would not be possible.

I hope you keep coming back. We will do our very best to maintain your respect and to earn that of others. We have some exciting and fun things planned for the 2007 season – one that promises to be a rewarding one for the team we know and love – the Baltimore Ravens. We will be announcing those things during the summer weeks ahead.

Until then thank you very, very much, keep bleeding purple and RAVE ON!

4 comments :

PURPLE BLEEDER said...

Congrats to you all. It was just a matter of time. Now that you've been recognized, do what you need to to stay there! That way we get to keep enjoying the output.

MB Genius said...

Congrats to Tony, Aaron, Dev, and all of the writers here on 24x7. I wouldn't be able to keep in touch with Ravens news without this piece of cypberspace being miles away. Onward and upward!

MB Genius said...

Congrats to Tony, Aaron, Dev, and all of the writers here on 24x7. I wouldn't be able to keep in touch with Ravens news without this piece of cypberspace being miles away. Onward and upward!

Harryos29 said...

Conincidentally,I have a good friend Named Mike Duffy, but he is with KPMG in Alexanderia VA. Also a Ravens Fan. Thanks for Posting the picture of my late Friend Dan Hodges and his wife Shari and I at our LAST Ravens nest Bull roast in 2005. Dan was a big Ravens Fan , holding 8 psl's. Dan passed away last August 4th. We miss him and his neverending enthusiasm for the RAVENs
Harry O' Sykesville, Md