Written by: Joe Ryan
First off, we just want to say Thank You!
Thank you for being apart of this ride, for being apart of this journey, for being loyal readers and followers. We understand that nothing would be made possible without any of you guys. You’re the reason why we write, why we jump onto periscope, why we love running this website. We love interacting with so many great people.
March 7th, 2018 marks the 1 year anniversary of this site being created and man, oh man, how crazy it has been. At least for me, personally.
Let me give you a quick recap of how this started so far. You see, it was just us 3 that started this site. A set of brothers (Joe and Mike) and our cousin and CEO of this site, Bobby.
(Left to right: Mike, Bobby, Joe)
In reality, the three of us have been close forever. We treat each other more than cousins, we treat each other like brothers. We bring the word family to a whole other level. I wouldn’t want to run this site with anyone else.
Now, let me tell you how Wingspan started. The three of us are in a Imessage group chat, and constantly we are complaining about the teams we root for (Knicks, Mets, Giants). We never can understand how poorly run each and every one of those team are run. We would argue, complain, and everything in between about these teams. We would come up with scenarios on how to improve our teams, obviously all hypothetical. We’re just fans, how were we supposed to change anything? But I’ll tell you this much, the scenarios we were creating in that group chat to make our teams better, I am damn sure the three of us would be better GM’s than any of our team’s decision makers.
Bobby was the one who came up with the idea. He told us, let’s just start a website, get our ideas out there and see what happens. He told us, we might as well share our ideas from the group chat to the public.
Honestly, I couldn’t be happier. You see, I eat, breathe and live sports. I love everything about it. The passion, the dramatics, the excitement and yes, even the stupidity of it all.
It took us a few weeks to get everything started up and ready to go. But I was so anxious. I was telling everyone I knew and everyone under the sun that we’re starting a website.
We were trying to find a name, the correct website format, everything. The name alone took us FOREVER to come up with. Each of us came up with 5 different name, at least, for this site.
But then Bobby asked us how we felt about Wingspan Sports.
I completely fell in love with it.
And when you think about it, the name makes complete sense. To be good in sports, a player typically needs a good wingspan. It makes him that much more dynamic on the playing field. But in the blogging game, you also need a good Wingspan (hypothetically). You need to be able to “reach out” there and have an idea that goes against everyone else’s. You need to reach at something, stick with it, and hope and pray it works. If not, it’s back to the drawing board.
But, starting this website was a reach. Coming up with ideas on how your teams should be run, is a reach. Trying to make a name for yourself in this business is a reach. But you can’t have a good reach, without a good Wingspan.
At first, we figured we would keep it small. We figured that the 3 of us would write, do all the social media and construct the website. We wanted to keep this site in the family. So, we got our 4th writer, Bobby’s brother and mine and Mike’s cousin, Mike.
We were having so much fun with it. Every day we get blogs up and new stories. Every day were tweeting stuff from the twitter account (@wingspansports (follow for all your Sports needs by clicking the @wingspansports handle given there) (we’ll follow back, you won’t regret it). The 4 of us loved every minute of it.
Honestly though, all thanks to you readers, we had to expand. We couldn’t just do the 4 of us anymore. The readers were asking for more content and more blogs, so how could we say no?
We added a lot more pieces to the puzzle,
Ryan Cunningham: (Twitter: @R_Cunningham04)
Josh Gutbrod: (Twitter: @JoshGutbrod)
Scott Goranson: (Twitter: @ScottGoranson)
Marcus Fitzpatrick: (Twitter: @FitzMagix)
Eric “Yabo Taco” Pappas: (Twitter: @eric_pappas_2)
All these guys are amazing contributors, amazing writers and continue to make this site the best it can be.
But the site also can’t be the way it is without the guys behind the scenes, editing every article that comes there way and making sure each blog is up to date.
Sean-Wesley Nienow: (Twitter: @SeanWNienow)
Jonathon Warriner: (Twitter: @Bracketologist3)
All these guys are must follows on their twitter pages. They produce some great insight, great comedy and some great, great sports talk. We love interacting with our followers and readers, so make sure you give those guys a follow to continue the discussion.
Listen, we’re only a year in. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. All the feedback that we get, we take into consideration. We want to make this site the best it can be. We want to take this site as far is it can go.
Keep believing in us. Keep clicking on those links. Keep tweeting at us. We love it all.
And to our major followers, the guys I have grown close with over Twitter, my Twitter Family (you know who you guys are), thank you for all the advice, the support and everything in between. Love you guys.
We have so many great ideas coming, and trust me, they’re coming. Just stay tuned. This website is going to be even better in year 2.
1 year down, a LONG way to go. Keep following us along this journey.
Always, Wing It!
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