One year ago, SoSH Football Central published our first article: Understanding Offensive Personnel Packages, by Mark Schofield. We knew very little about everything associated with operating a website, but we knew football and wanted to share our passion and knowledge so our fellow fans could learn more about the game. Today, Inside The Pylon turns one. This is our 600th publication piece, and the 219th for our leader, our quarterback, Mark Schofield. Happy birthday to us, and thank you for reading.
I never thought anyone would read us, to be honest. Except for my mom and dad.
A little over one year ago, a bunch of football fanatics on a primarily baseball message board had the idea to start writing about football. Born out of the Sons of Sam Horn’s football forum, we were a group of people from various walks of life: professors and financial planners, doctors and lawyers, engineers and cubicle dwellers. A group of people with one thing in common: a love for the game of football, and a desire to write about it.
On September 8, 2014 we went live. In the year that followed, we found the more we learned about the game, the more we loved it. We addressed schemes, players, prospects, and concepts. We spent hours every night talking about players ‒ from future Hall of Famers to guys playing DIII. We lamented the off the field issues, talked about whether we’d let our kids play when they grow up, and laughed about what the Jets were trying to do here.
Along the way, we learned a few things. First, all those highly educated professionals craved a creative outlet. Sure, being a customer service rep or an engineer or a lawyer pays the bills, but it rarely satisfies that need to create. Second, there’s something wonderful about being part of a team. We all grew up playing sports – some of us much better than others. The camaraderie of a group of individuals coming together to achieve something much stronger, and better, than we could on our own was powerful, intoxicating stuff. The long nights and hard work are made easier because, as great teams do, we ended up caring more about the name on the front of the jersey. There’s nothing like playing for a winner – and we’ve had lots of winning nights.
Today, ITP (formerly SoSH Football Central) turns one. To mark this anniversary, we are proud to announce our new collaboration with Dan Hatman and The Scouting Academy. The SA does excellent work, with football minds such as Louis Riddick, Jerry Angelo, Wade Phillips, and Mike Martz educating football coaches and scouts from high school, college, and the NFL ranks. It’s exciting to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable group, and we are honored to be a small part of educating the next generation of coaches and scouts.
Today is a great and conflicting time to be a fan of this game – a game which at its core is beautiful and pure, and is marred by so many critical issues about its future. Many talented writers and websites are creating great content across this industry ‒ we don’t have the space to list them all, but we try with our This Week in Football Writing piece to share our favorite work, and writers.
From day one to day three sixty six, there’s been one goal – quality football writing. We have earned the respect of readers and peers by working every day, delivering entertaining and educational articles for our readers. To those of you who’ve been there with us the whole way: Thank you. And to those who are visiting us for the first time: Thank you, as well.
We, the staff of ITP, are honored you have welcomed us into your browsers over the past year. We are humbled by your support, and pledge to continue bringing you the quality football writing you deserve. This is our 600th published piece, and we know we couldn’t have gotten this far without you. Thank you so much for indulging and sharing in our love of football.
Especially you, mom and dad.
Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkSchofield.