When we launched on Nov. 6, 2000, we looked like this
. And we still did
as an adorable 12-month-old, when we felt we earned the right to crown an MVP
. Then as we hit the terrible 2s, we were congratulated by our favorite targets
. But the time we hit age 3, we sported a new look
. When all else failed in those first few years, there was always Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape
to keep us entertained.
From the beginning, there has been one constant on Page 2. [Pause to allow bloggers to say something derogatory]. That would be Jim Caple. We sent him everywhere we were pretty sure he didn't belong -- including the motorcycle rally in Sturgis
and the wife-carrying championships
in Finland. Then we asked him to compete in the wife-carrying championships
with Mrs. Caple. With his University of Washington days in his rearview mirror, we even sent Jim back to school
to soak up March Madness in the 21st century.
Caple has traveled to six continents to cover nearly every sporting event known to man. If he couldn't make it to one, he would write a parody of it. Here are a few of our favorites:
On April 5, 2001, a freelance contributor known as The Boston Sports Guy wrote the redemption of Nomar Garciaparra
. Of course, I'm talking about Bill Simmons. I could go on and on with a few hundred Simmons links that helped countless readers survive tiresome work days, so instead I'm going to leave you with my two favorites:
Idiot's Guide to Gold Club Trial
The Atrocious GM Summit
Too often we had to take a break from not
taking life and sports seriously to say farewell to colleagues. Ed Bradley of "60 Minutes" took the reins to say goodbye to the Good Doctor
, Hunter S. Thompson. By the way, the X Games should totally include the concepts laid out in Thompson's last column
When columnist Ralph Wiley passed away, the tributes poured in
throughout the day. Ralph was one of our unique voices who could eloquently write on the Women's World Nude 9-ball Championships
and the state of race and sports through the lens of O.J. Simpson
Let's just get to the greatest hits tracks, shall we? Without further narrative or lengthy explanation, here are some other memorable moments that captured the essence of what Page 2 has always tried to be [another pause for snarky blogger remarks]:
We let a "sports figure" who won't ever appear in a box score talk about his naked truth
We dared to ask the question on everyone's mind: What's it like to run four miles while eating a dozen donuts
We offered valuable advice on how to survive as head coach of the Knicks
We dared to induct the inaugural class of the NFL Preseason Hall of Fame
and celebrate the greatest moments in Pro Bowl history
We sent people in search of hallowed traditions
you might have missed.
We offered the reality TV producers of the world some new ideas
We offered the thinking fan a place to explore the topics
of astronomy, cheerleaders, Christmas creep
and, oh yes, football in the greatest depth imaginable.
We tried to tell a sports legend he was making a mistake
, with a little help from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.
We often tried to let the pictures speak their 1,000 words, then decided to do the talking ourselves
We got just a little obsessed
We had a bizarre obsession with weddings, from Mia & Nomar
to Anna & Enrique
to Tom & Gisele
We thought you might need a little help, so we offered a guide on how to watch the Olympics
We did our best to try to turn you into our version of decathletes
We proudly hosted the fantastic work of Paul Lukas and his one and only Uni Watch column. Here are some of the most memorable items in that series, as selected by Paul himself: Bill Buckner and the Cubs batting glove
, CC Sabathia and his pinstripes
, a minor league team that wore the Confederate flag
and the story behind a wild suggested design for a Kansas City Chiefs helmet
We watched some amazing video clips and decided to get the stories behind a stunning hit by Earl Campbell
, the infamous 1971 Florida Flop
, Jerome Lane's backboard-shattering dunk
, Warren Morris' homer to clinch the 1996 College World Series
, the Trinity-Millsaps 15-lateral Miracle in Mississippi
, the coolest goal in hockey history
and the greatest athletic competition ever
We offered a free game of Madden
for those who didn't have the money for the real thing.
We sent one of our editors out to see if people would believe he's an All-Pro quarterback
We attempted to motivate college graduates
by using as many movie clichιs as possible.
We took one of the greatest rivalries in sports, Michigan-Ohio State, to see how their all-time rosters would stack up
against each other.
When NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested in connection with a gambling scandal, we got reformed mobster Henry Hill to explain what the mafia was thinking
about the situation.
We would occasionally lose perspective and get borderline creepy, like when we celebrated Maria Sharapova turning 18 in song
and in each time zone
We often pulled back the Hollywood curtain to educate everyone on the difference in real life and in reel life
We helped anyone trying to go undefeated in the NFL by giving them directions
to Mercury Morris' neighborhood.
We put the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants on the spot
to see how they would make it in our world.
We didn't blink an eye in 2003 when we asked Michael Vick
what else he wanted to do and he told us, "I want to go on a safari trip. I want to go to a jungle where I can see all kinds of tigers and elephants because I love animals
We had something to say about every day on the MLB calendar
-- more than once
We warned you about the opponents you will encounter
in pickup basketball -- not once, but twice
We told you when it was OK to cry
We compiled the all-time NFL Power Rankings
We wondered where the line is
between decency and pursuit of trophies.
We woke up early
... or in some cases stayed up late
to write the A.M. Jump.
We offered up a year in review
by celebrating only news
that Page 2 would love.
Our designated funny man, DJ Gallo, had this to say about his body of work on Page 2: "I don't remember many things after I write them. Once they're up, I move on and look for another idea. Everything I've written in the past kind of runs together. Here's my Page 2 archive
. It has 58 pages. If you like my writing, you might find some things in there you like. If you don't like my writing, then don't waste your time. But for every piece in there, I tried my best. Except for one. I totally mailed one in. See if you can find it."
We laughed out loud when Ralph Wiley wrapped up columns with his patented "thought balloons" -- such as this one
and this one
We designed T-shirts
and home accessories
for the sports fanatic.
We told the story of major league dreams on hold
way out on Long Island.
We wondered what was so wrong with a coach looking out for his players
as they navigated the dangerous college party circuit.
We didn't mock, but instead praised the concept of the mock draft by conducting one
that would curl Mel Kiper Jr.'s hair.
We offered tips to Patriots fans on how to deal with the grief of 18-1
We finally got to the bottom of the ubiquitous Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills commercial
We explained the damage that watching the Super Bowl
can do to one's health.
We re-envisioned NFL logos
to better reflect the on-field performances of teams. Then we did it again
We were influenced by a certain inspirational quarterback to become Tebowists
We forayed into the world of competitive air guitar
We decided, once and for all, what is the greatest meat
of all time.
We did our best impressions of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein by putting all the football coaches of the SEC
and the Pac-12
under the microscope in no-holds-barred interviews.
We treated your eardrums to the wit and wisdom of the Page 2 Podcast
We got Chris Young and Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks to try their luck at cricket
by hitting off a bowler.
We fearlessly predicted the next 25 World Series champions
Finally, we saluted the brilliance and unintentional humor of regrettable statements by compiling the quotes of the year in 2009
So while Page 2 won't live to be 103 years old
, we sincerely thank you for spending time with us during the past 11-plus years.
It was ball, and it was juice