Jordi’s ScalpEm Farewell
Posted by William Kristoph
Many moons ago, in the days of yore, ancient cavemen made their mark on the walls of caves. They carved what they did, what they thought, and what was happening to them over however long they were in the cave. Some cavemen marked for years, some for months, and yet others maybe only left one marking. And while some died in their caves, others moved on to other pastures.
And so it is under this historical precedent that I am sad to announce that this is my last post at ScalpEm.com. I haven’t visited this cave much recently, so I figured it was time I took my remaining rocks, spearheads, and caveman clubs and officially moved out.
This is a sad departure, for sure.
I started blogging in late 2006. During my first few months, I was the definition of a novice blogger without a clue what I was doing. Although I started writing about current events, I quickly migrated to sports. Among my first posts were an opinion piece on Jeff Bowden, a look back at Nigel Dixon, and a comparison of Bobby Bowden with Babe Ruth.
(I still think the latter two are quite good. Go check them out.)
To this day I still don’t know how, but somehow those early articles were picked up by The Daily Chop, Bill from Tampa’s great curation of FSU news. After I found out who was sending dozens of more viewers my way, I would email Bill from Tampa and send him anything I wrote on the Noles.
Then, on November 6, 2006, I actually received a comment from one of the new FSU readers.
“ NoleCC said: Cool blog. I’ll be keeping especially close attention to any Mets posts. Glad to see
we have that in common along with the ‘Noles!”
I had no idea who “NoleCC” was. So to find out who this mysterious fellow was, down the rabbit hole I plunged. I followed a link, then another, and then other, and finally ended up on ScalpEm.com. Along with Andrew Carter’s Chopping Block (how fitting that he just left as well), ScalpEm.com became one of my go-to blogs on the Noles. But unlike the Chopping Block, ScalpEm featured an intelligent and responsive comment section that I could share ideas with. And as NoleCC introduced himself to my blog via my comment section, I began to introduce myself to his.
After two years of reading and commenting, I finally mustered the gumption to ask NoleCC if I could guest cameo on ScalpEm. NoleCC’s answer was not only a resounding “Yes”, but he also told me I could post whenever I wanted. And on November 17, 2008, I wrote my first blog for ScalpEm.com.
Over the last few years, I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to write at ScalpEm.com. I like to think I’ve done some of my best work here. My personal favorites are my recent posts on M&Ms, my various dissections of the Seminole Boosters, and my comparison of the Florida college football scene with post-
World War I geopolitics.
(Actually, that WWI geopolitics post is one of my favorite pieces, here or anywhere.)
But now it’s time to say good-bye to ScalpEm.com. Even though my posting frequency has dropped in
the last year, I’m gonna miss it. It was my outlet to talk all things Seminoles.
But those of you who still want to read my work, I’m still at my personal blog
(www.jordiscrubbings.com), I’m writing about the Tampa Bay Rays at www.RaysIndex.com, and Minor
League Baseball at www.BusLeaguesBaseball.com. I am also on Twitter at @JordiScrubbings and on
Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ScrubbingsJordi. On top of all that, I’m also doing stand-up comedy in
the Central Florida area, with my next show in Ocala on May 6th and 7th. Details on my site.
Thanks again all of you who read my work. I really appreciate it. It was an honor and a pleasure. Thank
you, Bill From Tampa, for finding my blog and introducing me to a vibrant FSU blogosphere. And thanks
most of all to NoleCC for having me here and for the last seven years making ScalpEm one of the best
places to talk Seminoles.
(NoleCC’s Note: A big thanks to Jordi for contributing here over the years! Check him out at his various online locations and in Tampa doing stand up if you get the chance!!!)