I'd like to take this opportunity to formally introduce you to tradestreetpost.com which we hope will be your #1 source for news, analysis and information for your Charlotte Bobcats.
It's the your in that last sentence that I would like you to pay attention to. As the Bobcats themselves exist as an entity for the fans and driven by the fans we hope to do the same here at Trade Street Post. This is our blog as much as it is yours and it is our firm belief that a website of this nature is nothing without readers, and by extension fans.
If you haven't read any of my other work my name is James Dator and I have been a North Carolina area sports blogger for the last two years. I am currently an editor at SB Nation's 'Cat Scratch Reader' where you might have read my 'Monday Morning Optimist' column. In the past I have managed realbitsofpanthers.com and bobcatsden.com on the now defunct Fanball.com blog network as well as being featured in fantasy football publications. I'm a self professed 'stat geek' sometimes to a fault. I like to examine the team from an analytic perspective and I think you'll see this through my writing.
If you notice I was very deliberate about judiciously using the pronoun 'we' throughout the opening paragraphs. If there is one thing I've learned as a sports blogger it's that the best work is collaborative. In order to balance by oftentimes rampant analytics I decided to pull two people on board with me to help me run Trade Street Post. If you're an active commenter or Bobcats 'super-fan' it's likely you've heard of my two editors Andrew 'andrewlail76' Lail and Bruce 'ourdaywillcome' Barker. There are not two better people I can imagine to help build a Charlotte Bobcats blog with as they exhibit the exuberance, passion and rabid fan-dom I sometimes find so difficult to convey in my writing; but who better to tell you about themselves than the men themselves?
I’m Andrew Lail and I am one of the contributing writers here are Trade Street Post. I plan to write anything and everything I can about the team that I care so much about. This year I’m able to see the games on Fox Sport South, and that makes me a very happy camper. In the past years, reading about the game was the only review I got about the team, and those reports were biased. I look forward to sharing MY insights on the team, game play, players, and all events related to the Bobcats. Don’t get me wrong, I am a “homer” all the way, but I am as realistic as I can be. If we are playing lousy, I’m not going to candy coat it, and if we are doing incredible, you’ll hear that as well. I also look forward to feedback from fellow fans and get their input on the team as well. Have fun, keep an open mind, and share what you’re feeling and thinking. Feedback is what will make this site shine above all others. I’ll always keep it fun, realistic, and as fluff free as possible. Welcome to Trade Street !
Bruce Barker has been a writer for most of his life and has been published in Box Office Magazine, Us Weekly, and The Star to name just a few. He has also traveled the Eastern United States giving lectures and teaching classes on Comparative Religion. He became a victim of Bobcats Fever on the day the creation of the team was announced and in recent years doctors declared his affliction chronic and permanent. The only thing experts have found that holds the illness at bay is actually spreading it and he has been doing this by writing about the team actively for over a year. Read his articles at your own peril, for Bobcats Fever is highly contagious and many an innocent web surfer has become stricken after merely reading the titles of his columns.
I think you'll find that between the three of us (and maybe some more familiar names down the line) we will give you much of what you're looking for in a Charlotte Bobcats blog, however, we all believe in the need for feedback and an open dialog between us and our readers. So please, comment early, comment often and become part of our community. Over time we'll have polls, features, user submissions and more.
So again, thank you for visiting and welcome to Trade Street Post.