Stillers.com Celebrates Our 10th Anniversary!
Hard to believe, but Stillers.com has now been dominating the internet for 10 years�.!�
If we may, we�d like to take a moment and wax fondly as we look back on these great 10 years.�
Stillers.com first hit the �net in March 1999.� Former Pitt MBA classmates Trenches and Still Mill, along with Still Faith, formed Stillers.com with the intent of providing hard-hitting analysis�.�for the fan, by the fan�.� That intent and spirit -- as outlined in our Stillers.com primer -- still lives on today.��
From those humble beginnings, the site grew in readership and worldwide notoriety.� When first fielded, the site was a spartan site indeed, with no message board and a very rudimentary site that required manually updating the entire front page just to publish an article.�� Fortunately, Trenches� web savvy allowed the site to migrate to a more database driven platform, and message boards and other features were added.�
The message board at Stillers.com has long been a fun venue to banter about Stiller football.� There have been some loyal, superb posters over the years�..from way back in our early days, Nick79, Steel33, The Rock, and others too numerous to list by name.��
There have been many highlights; a few are worth mentioning --
����������� - Chuck Finder of the Post Gazette did a nice write-up on our site in 1999, when we were a fledgling site that was known by just a small group of readers.�
����������� - Stillers.com has sponsored some great tailgate parties over the years�.most notably the Sunday nite game late in 2000 versus Jax (the nite Fred Taylor ran wild) and the tailgate at Arrowhead Stadium in 2001.
����������� - Pre-draft coverage over the years, most notably by Steel Phantom and Steel Haven, which has been recognized and lauded by many as the premier draft coverage seen any time, anywhere.�
����������� - The impact to Steeler football lexicon that we�ve had, most notably contributing terms such as �Dong Sack�, �slop n� slather�, �Hard Hat Award�, �titty-fighting�, �Kevin Gaypride�, �anal stormtrooper�, �wide loop rush�, �assaholic�, �softee defense�, �Billy Cowhard�, and numerous others terms that we literally started and have spread throughout Stiller fandom.�
����������� - The recent AFCC versus the Poebirds, in which Mill attended wearing a Stiller game-jersey with �Still Mill� sewn on the back.� During pre-game festivities at a local bar, as well as during and after the game, numerous fans approached, asking if I was �the� Still Mill from Stillers.com and then thanking me for our analysis as part of Stiller Nation.� That thanks meant an awful lot and gave me new found appreciation of how far-reaching our impact has been here at Stillers.com.�
Regrettably, there have been a couple low points.� The merger with The Downsiders.com in 2002 was a bit of a disaster, mostly because we got Judased by Kosar�s band of idiots.� And, there were the techno glitches back in �06 and �07 that nearly crippled this site.� Although I still keep in touch with the reclusive Phantom, his self-imposed retirement was also a bummer, as we all dearly miss his dry wit, acerbic humor, and astute analysis.��
Through it all, however, Stillers.com has persevered and slogged through in typical Hard Hat fashion.� We can only hope we can make it another 10 years.� Many thanks to all of our faithful readers who have kept us going and keep us going through the years.�� Thank you, Stiller fans and readers, for making this the premier site on the �net for analysis of the Pittsburgh Stillers.��
Stillers.com -- �Since 1999, no one else comes close�.�