As the Old Gold Free Press site passes another Thanksgiving Day, it is again time to hand out some appreciation for the many people who make this site what it has become. Since 1995 when Brad Jewell, Steve Emge and myself each had our own Purdue sports websites and chose to combine them into one, people have helped us in a variety of different ways to make this a success.
For what seems to be forever now, Selco Engineering has been our site sponsor. Selco has believed in our mission as a Purdue sports website, paying for all of our internet expenses in exchange for a few banner ads. What this has meant for Purdue fans is the lack of annoying pop-up ads, and the ability of the site organizers to concentrate on content and programming instead of advertising. It has also helped to free up our personal funds to do things like travel to special events and upgrade our personal computing equipment. For this we are very grateful.
No matter what the name of the site has been, whether it be "MrSportsmans" or "Boiler Basketball Recruiting" or "Purdue Gridiron Action" or "MrHoops" or "Old Gold Free Press", the fans of Purdue and of this site have made us not only one of the oldest running college sports websites on the internet, but also the first Purdue site to bring content to the internet. The quality of this site lives through the quality of its visitors. To everyone that has stopped by since the last time we thanked you, "Thank You!"
We also wish to thank the list of volunteer writers that help bring the mix of content to the site. Whether that be the columnists who enter articles directly to the front page, or the people that choose to spend their time writing analysis on the message boards. No one gets paid a dime to write for this site, and that includes Brad Jewell and myself. To give of your personal time to help Purdue fans better satisfy their Purdue sports fix, we say "Thank You!" for ourselves and all the fans who visit the site.
Thanks also must go out to the many sources that send us information and news relevant to things we cover on the site. Thank you for trusting us with the information and choosing to share it with a site that would rather put it into the public domain than turn a profit from it. It has always been our opinion that you cannot grow the grassroots fandom of a sport by charging an entrance fee. Thank you for helping to grow the grassroots.
We would also like to thank the various media partners that have shared information and content over the past year. We would especially like to thank those outlets that still operate non-pay media sites. We know it is hard to resist the temptation to charge a subscription, but newspaper sites like the Journal and Courier, Indianapolis Star, the Purdue Exponent have provided an broad range of content for free to Purdue fans. We encourage fans to show their appreciation by letting them know you appreciate them for that content by writing emails, clicking on their banner ads, and visiting their advertisers to thank them for buying ads that help the newspapers keep the content free.
And to all the coaches, players, parents and fans who support, contribute to, or just visit the site, we thank you. As we pass into our second decade of coverage, we hope you will continue to be a part of our little corner of the world wide web.
The Old Gold Free Press staff, fans and visitors.