Checking in

It has been a while since I have posted to this blog, so I figured I should chime in to prove to people that I am still alive. Actually, if you have been reading the last 4-5 big articles we have posted on the site, you should know I am still among the living, since I wrote them.

I’m alive and well, just like the NFL season. Way back in February I promised that we’d be ready to go once the offseason labor drama was settled, and we’re on target for that. We’ve essentially stayed with our usual publishing schedule, and we’ve been putting the finishing touches on well over 300 massive player profiles now. Unfortunately for us, we’ll have to tweak them big time once free agency kicks off, so we’re probably not going to release these profiles for a few weeks, but we’ll be ready and on track, as promised.

We’ve also been working on a few subtle enhancements, as we always are this time of the year. We have a couple of nice new tools to roll out later in the summer, but just yesterday we released a revised Subscriber Index Page. This page is a little less busy, and the big upgrade is the top story scroll. Now, instead of just one top story, our homepage will scroll through 4-6 of the top stories that we feel need to be featured, which is a nice addition. The page otherwise is a little cleaner than it was, so that’s also good.

We also added this week a small thing on each player page. When you check one out now, you’ll see our latest comments on the player from both our projections (updated 2-3 times a week in the preseason and even more often during the season for a particular week) and also from our keeper rankings. So if you’re ever wondering what we think about a player for the season/upcoming week or for the long-term, you can simply look the player up and check that out. I think that’s a nice little addition, and for people who think we produce too much content, if you really want the Cliff Notes version on a player, you can simply look the player up and check out his player page.

Next up, we’ll be getting the Draft Analyzer software back up and running, and we’re working on an iphone/android application for the season, which will be a app version of MyGuru. We’re also working on a mock draft engine that should be good to go this year courtesy of, so users can come to our site and join a mock at any time. They will be continually running, and if leagues aren’t filled those empty teams will be filled by the computer. I’m sure we’ll have a few more surprises. It’s been a tough year to invest in infrastructure and site upgrades, but it wouldn’t be a new season for me without at least a few new things for subscribers to enjoy, and we will have some things this year.

It’s been a tough offseason, but it looks like we’re almost out of the woods and that we will have a full 16-game NFL season. I’m not going to lie and say I was never worried, but I’ve pretty much said that this thing will get done in time to save the full season all along.

It’s going to be a lot more hectic in July and August since free agency will be a wild ride, but you can be damn sure I’m not complaining.

Category: News


2 Responses

  1. JOOCE says:

    You’re developing an iphone/android app, but not a blackberry app? Crap, time to shop for a new phone :) I’m not complaining, it’s actually a compliment that you can influence my phone purchase!

    Here’s to hoping that the CBA gets done asap.

  2. John Hansen says:

    Here’s hoping the apps work!

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