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2011 in review

December 31, 2011

No, I’m not going to review the highs and lows of EMU athletics from the past year. I prefer to think of the end of the year as a time for introspection, so instead I’m going to review the year this blog had.

The year started, as each year does, in the heart of the basketball season. If you haven’t noticed — and I can’t imagine you haven’t — I have a hard time with basketball coverage. Both the men’s and women’s team play one to three games a week, so most weeks there are at least two, and sometimes as many as five games to cover. That takes an amount of time that one person, working in his spare time, just can’t do. The second issue with covering basketball is the road games. Eagle Totem, of course, has no budget to go on the road. For football it’s not as big a problem, because there’s always some way to see every away game, but in basketball that’s just not the case.

We persevered, however, and were rewarded with a nice little post-season run by the women’s basketball team in the WNIT, including, of course, a memorable win over the Michigan-Ann Arbor Wolverines, easily one of the top ten moments of the year for EMU athletics. We were then pleasantly surprised to see Charles Ramsey fired and pleasantly surprised again with the decision to hire Rob Murphy.

Eagle Totem took a big step forward in the fall with the addition of Kenneth Bailey’s sideline photography. I tend to be pickier than most bloggers about not reusing copyrighted material, so it pleases me to no end to have Ken’s original photographs to share. Speaking of sideline photography, thanks are also due to the EMU Athletics Media Relations Office, particularly Greg Steiner and Jim Streeter. I understand that until recently there was a MAC-wide policy against credentialing bloggers, and I’m extremely grateful for the trust they’ve shown in issuing credentials to Eagle Totem.

Near the end of the football season, Eagle Totem took another big step forward, becoming a genuine multi-author blog with the addition of Jeremy, who writes primarily about men’s basketball. It’s my hope that we’ll be able to continue to add a variety of voices here throughout the next year.

Overall, although I both began and ended the year in writing “droughts”, I’m happy with this blog’s growth — in contributors, in readers, in coverage, and in lively discussions in comment threads — and I have high hopes for 2012. We’ve already got two new regular features in the works to begin early next year, and will hopefully continue to add contributors and features as the year goes on. If there’s ever anything you’d like to see more of here, if you have ideas for new features, or if you’ve got something to say about EMU athletics and need a place to say it, this blog is here for you.

I hope that Eagle Totem helped make 2011 at least a little brighter for you. Thank you for reading, and best wishes for a great new year!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    December 31, 2011 3:33 pm

    Dear cmadler,
    Thanks for all the hard work and dedication to this site. It has become one that I look forward to, and with the ability to comment, makes it even better.
    Best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

    Regards,

    Ken Barna

  2. December 31, 2011 4:53 pm

    Dear cmadler,
    I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be your sideline photographer for the season. It gave me an opportunity that I wouldn’t normally have thought to even ask for. I’ve always liked to do sports photography but I heard that in order to really do it, you needed to be on the sideline and when I compare my pictures from the sideline to ones where I’m in the stands, I can definately see that. It was doubly cool as I got the chance to be on the sidelines at the Big House. So again thank you and I’m hoping that you will continue this for next season.

  3. Mark H. permalink
    December 31, 2011 8:07 pm

    Cmadler —
    A good new to you and to all readers of this very informative blog! I thank you for creating and sustaining Eagletotem, which I greatly enjoy. The plans you describe for improving it in 2012 sound great! Thank you!

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