The year was 2006. June, if I remember correctly. America was still reeling from the death of Aaron Spelling, and a nation of sports fans grudgingly accepted or loudly brayed against the World Cup. No matter what you did, somebody would claim that you fouled Dwyane Wade. It was a dark time.
Things were pretty shitty in my life, too. I had just bought this laptop with a no-longer-necessary engagement ring fund, and its very first use was to blog about some silly New York escapades that a handful of people from Deadspin enjoyed reading. This was back when your commenting name on Deadspin linked directly to a site, and not your most recent comments. We didn't even have avatars back then. We had to get by by making funny comments. Hard to imagine that's ever how it was, but it's true.
Eventually, the silly New York escapades came to an end, and I said, "Whither to now?" And lo, a guy named Drew who blogged about parenthood said, "Why don't we start an NFL humor blog? I haven't seen any good ones." And I said, "Okay." So we poached some other fellows from the Deadspin comments and started an NFL humor blog (We have still haven't seen any good ones).
We did, however, come up with the best name of any blog ever, and -- NOTE: gayness ahead -- this little website of dick jokes, animal snuff films, laziness, and NFL fandom has, honestly, changed my life. Simply because I spent a couple evenings sitting at home writing about the NFL, I got to quit my mind-numbing temp job to write a sports blog full-time. Now I work from home. Interaction with co-workers has been replaced by KSK email threads, which will eventually be seen as equal to the letters between Thurber and E.B. White. I often start drinking beer before I'm done with work. I make enough money to eat and pay rent, which is a nice change. And most importantly, I masturbate whenever I feel like it.
Anyway, if my sentiment is borderline maudlin, it's because our very first post was one year ago tomorrow. Yes, KSK's birthday is June 28th, and we're gonna have a big ol' party. Check in frequently, because we invited lots of people, and we're expecting some big names. And a lot of the people who couldn't make it sent us really nice cards, which we'll also be posting. It's gonna be a blast.
A bukkake blast.